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The Chinese Flag | National Flags

  

Image of the Chinese flag.

The Chinese flag is a simple flag but it is also one of the most famous flags. This is largely due to the country’s population and its superpower status among the countries of the world. The Chinese flag design features a red background with 1 large star that is partially surrounded by 4 smaller stars. All five stars are five point stars. The red background stands for the revolution by the communist party, and the stars represent the Chinese people and their unity with their leaders. The Chinese flag is sometimes called the “Five-star Red Flag”. The Chinese flag was designed by an ordinary citizen named Zeng Liansong and it was officially adopted in 1949.

About China:

China is officially known as the People’s Republic of China (PRC). China is controlled by a communist party that governs from its capital city of Beijing. China is the world’s most populated country with over 1.3 billion people. China also has the most populated city in the world (Shanghai) and 4 of the top 10 most populated cities in the entire world. Some parts of the country have benefited from the world’s fastest growing economy, while other parts have suffered due to lack of comprehensive government support. Nonetheless, China has become one of the world’s superpower countries and there are no signs of slowing down.

Landmarks & Historical Places

The Great Wall of China is the longest ancient defense system in the world. The wall was built in the 7th century to protect Chinese states from raids by various surrounding empires. It is now the most popular tourist destination in China.

Image of the Great Wall of China.

The Forbidden City is an ancient imperial palace that has housed Chinese emperors for over 500 years.

Image of the Forbidden City in China.

The Terracotta Army is a collection of ancient sculptures that were buried thousands of years ago. Since its discovery, the collection has been housed in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

Image of the Terracotta Army in China.

Macau is China’s version of Las Vegas, but it is bigger and richer. Although gambling is not as popular in China as it is in the United States, Macau is still the world’s top casino market.

Image of Macau in China.

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National Flags That No Longer Exist

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The St. Petersburg City Flag

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Largest Memorial Day Celebrations

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Most Patriotic Places in America

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The Cuban Flag – National Flags

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Unusual Places to Find the American Flag

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Creative American Flag Art

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Beach Warning Flags – What Do They Mean?

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