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Encyclopedia > Flag of Hong Kong
The flag of the HKSAR Flag ratio: 2:3
The flag of the HKSAR
The FIAV Code shows flag usage. The top row of dots represent use on land for civil, state and military respectively, the bottom row represents use at sea. Flag ratio: 2:3
The HKSAR and the PRC flags brandishing at the patio of the Legislative Council. It is a common routine to fly the regional flag left of the national flag in the open air.
The HKSAR and the PRC flags brandishing at the patio of the Legislative Council. It is a common routine to fly the regional flag left of the national flag in the open air.

The regional flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (Traditional Chinese: 中華人民共和國香港特別行政區區旗, Simplified Chinese: 中华人民共和国香港特别行政区区旗) is a stylised, white, five-petal Bauhinia blakeana in the centre of a red field. The red colour on this regional flag is the same as that on the flag of the People's Republic of China. Image File history File links Flag_of_Hong_Kong. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hong_Kong. ... FIAV usage code 48 See Vexillological symbols for its meaning File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Aruba Flag of the Netherlands Antilles Flag of Guernsey Flag of England Flag of Scotland Flag of Kyrgyzstan Flag of Singapore Flag of Gibraltar Flag of Andorra Flag of... The design and description of flags typically uses specialised flag terminology with precise and technical meanings (a form of jargon). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 633 KB) HK and China flags flying outside the Legislative Council, Hong Kong. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 633 KB) HK and China flags flying outside the Legislative Council, Hong Kong. ... The Legislative Council (abbreviated as LegCo; Chinese: 立法會, Pinyin: LìfÇŽ Huì; formerly 立法局, LìfÇŽ Jú) is the unicameral legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Hong Kong (香港; Cantonese IPA: ; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2; Yale: heūng góng; pinyin: Xiānggǎng; Wade-Giles: Hsiang-kang) is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiÇŽntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiÇŽnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Binomial name Bauhinia blakeana S. T. Dunn Bauhinia blakeana, sometimes called Hong Kong orchid tree, is a tree in the genus Bauhinia. ... Ratio 2:3 The Flag of the Peoples Republic of China, the Five-Starred Red Flag (五星红旗 in pinyin: wÇ” xÄ«ng hóng qí), was designed by Zeng Liansong, an economist by trade and a talented artist who lived in Ruian (瑞安 ruì ān), Zhejiang. ...


The flag was adopted on 16 February 1990, and received formal approval from the Preparatory Committee on 10 August 1996. It was first officially hoisted on 1 July 1997, in a historic ceremony marking the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the PRC. The precise use of the regional flag is regulated through laws passed by the 58th executive meeting of the State Council held in Beijing. February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... State Council or National Council is the name of a major governmental body in some countries. ... (help· info), a city in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ...


The former colonial flag was used from 27 July 1959, to 30 June 1997 under British rule. It was the UK Blue Ensign defaced with the Hong Kong Arms, (Armorial Bearings), on a white disk centred on the outer half of the flag. The 1876 design featured a colonial badge, showing a local scene instead of the Hong Kong Arms. July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The modern Blue Ensign of the United Kingdom The British Blue Ensign (1707–1801) English Blue Ensign as it appeared in the seventeenth century. ... Defacement is a vexillology term referring to the practise of adding badges, devices or other symbols to an existing flag. ... Hong Kong Regional Emblem (since 1997) The current coat of arms came into use on 1 July 1997, when the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the Peoples Republic of China, and the emblem replaced the colonial Hong Kong coat of arms. ...

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Design

When the flag is made, the front and the back of the flag look identical to each other (mirror image). The Hong Kong government has specified specific sizes, colours, and manufacturing parameters for the flag to be made in. These are described in the subsections below. In geometry, the mirror image of an object or two-dimensional figure is the virtual image formed by reflection in a plane mirror; it is of the same size as the original object, yet different, unless the object or figure has reflection symmetry (also known in the terminology of modern...


Symbolism

Symbol of the Urban Council from its inception in the 1960s until its abolishment in 1999.
Symbol of the Urban Council from its inception in the 1960s until its abolishment in 1999.

The design of the flag carries cultural, political and regional meanings. The colour itself is significant: red is always the festive colour for the Chinese people, and one might remember that the People's Liberation Army was once called the Chinese Red Army. Thus, the colour conveys a sense of celebration and nationalism. Moreover, the red is identical to that used in the PRC flag, which implies the close linkage re-established between post-colonial Hong Kong and its mother country. The juxtaposition of red and white on the flag symbolises the one country two systems political principle applied to the region, with the stylised Bauhinia blakeana harmonising this dichotomy. Image File history File links self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... Image File history File links self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... Symbol of the Urban Council from its inception in the 1960s until its abolishment in 1999. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... One country, two systems (Simplified Chinese: 一国两制; Traditional Chinese: 一國兩制; pinyin: yī guó liǎng zhì; Jyutping: jat1 gwok3 loeng5 zai3; Yale: yāt gwok leúhng jai) is an idea originally proposed by Deng Xiaoping, then paramount leader of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), for the unification of China. ... Binomial name Bauhinia blakeana S. T. Dunn Bauhinia blakeana, sometimes called Hong Kong orchid tree, is a tree in the genus Bauhinia. ...


The bauhinia has been the floral emblem of Hong Kong since 1965, and was used as a symbol for the now-defunct Urban Council (depicted to the right). One may observe the design elements that have been incorporated into the Hong Kong flag. A national emblem symbolically represents a nation. ... Symbol of the Urban Council from its inception in the 1960s until its abolishment in 1999. ...


Construction


Construction sheet for the regional flag. A prerequisite for the manufacture of non-standard flag sizes stipulates that all proportions in the original sanctioned flag are preserved.
Construction sheet for the regional flag. A prerequisite for the manufacture of non-standard flag sizes stipulates that all proportions in the original sanctioned flag are preserved.


The background of the rectangular flag is red. It is also intended to be the same colour as that used for the PRC. The ratio of its length to width is 1.5. In its centre is a five petal stylised white bauhinia. The circle which circumscribes the bauhinia has a diameter 0.6 times the entire height of the flag. The petals are uniformly spread around the centre point of the flag, and radiate outwards in a clockwise direction. Each petal bears a 5-pointed red star with a red trace, suggestive of a flower stamen. The red trace makes each petal look as if it is being divided in half. The heading that is used to allow a flag to be slid or raised onto a pole is white. Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... For the geometric term, see diameter. ... Red star on the Soviet flag The five-pointed red star (a pentagram without the inner pentagon) is a symbol of Communism and Socialism and represents the five fingers of the workers hand, as well as five of six inhabited continents. ... Stamens of the Amaryllis with prominent anthers carrying pollen Insects, while collecting pollen, accidentally transfer it from one flower to another, bringing about pollination The stamen is the male organ of a flower. ...


Size specifications

This table lists all the official sizes for the flag. Sizes deviating from this list are considered non-standard.

Size Length and width in cm
1 288 × 192
2 240 × 160
3 192 × 128
4 144 × 96
5 96 × 64
Car flag 30 × 20
Flag for signing ceremonies 21 × 14
Desktop flag 15 × 10

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Colour specifications

The following are the approximate colours of the Hong Kong flag in different colour models. It is sorted into the HTML RGB web colours (hexadecimal notation); the CMYK equivalent; dye colours; HSL equivalent and the Pantone equivalent number. A piece of HTML code with syntax highlighting In computing, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a markup language designed for the creation of web pages with hypertext and other information to be displayed in a web browser. ... The RGB color model utilizes the additive model in which red, green and blue light are combined in various ways to create other colors. ... Authors of web pages have a variety of options available for specifying colors for elements of web documents. ... In mathematics and computer science, hexadecimal, or simply hex, is a numeral system with a radix or base of 16 usually written using the symbols 0–9 and A–F or a–f. ... Cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black) CMYK (or sometimes YMCK) is a subtractive color model used in color printing. ... The HLS color space, also called HSL or HSI, stands for Hue, Saturation, Lightness (also Luminance or Luminosity) / Intensity. ... Pantone Inc. ...

Colour HTML CMYK Textile colour HSL Pantone
Red #FF0000 0-87-99-0 Chinese red 0°,100%,50% 186
White #FFFFFF 0-0-0-0 White 0°,100%,100%

History

Historical flags

Poster for promoting radio exercise during the Japanese Occupation. The second Hongkong Bank building on the left is flying the Japanese flag, the de facto national flag.
Poster for promoting radio exercise during the Japanese Occupation. The second Hongkong Bank building on the left is flying the Japanese flag, the de facto national flag.

The flag of colonial Hong Kong has undergone several changes in the last one and a half centuries. However, the history behind the changes is incomplete as some information regarding the authorities who commissioned the changes was not documented properly during that period. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (468x785, 363 KB)K_Japanese_Occupation_poster_radio_exercise This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (468x785, 363 KB)K_Japanese_Occupation_poster_radio_exercise This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Poster for promoting radio exercise during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, a health policy which is still being practised among primary students in Japan Radio taiso (a. ... Hong Kong entered a dark age, the Japanese occupation, which was to last for three years and eight months, when the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Young, surrendered to Japan on 25 December 1941 after 18 days of fierce fighting. ... ... Flag ratio: 2:3 The national flag of Japan, known as Nisshōki (日章旗) or Hinomaru (日の丸 sun disc) in Japanese, is a base white flag with a large red disc (representing the rising sun) in the center. ...


In 1843, the Seal of Colony was instituted. The design was based on a local waterfront scene (see the 1876 flag below): three local merchants with their commercial goods can be found on the foreground, a square-rigged ship and a junk occupy the middle ground, while the background consists of some conical hills and cloud. In 1868 a Hong Kong flag was produced, with a badge based on the "local scene", but was rejected by Governor Richard Graves Macdonell. Hong Kong Regional Emblem (since 1997) The current coat of arms came into use on 1 July 1997, when the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the Peoples Republic of China, and the emblem replaced the colonial Hong Kong coat of arms. ... Sir Richard Graves Macdonnell (1814 - 1881) was a colonial governor. ...


In 1870, a "White crown over HK" layout was proposed by the Colonial Secretary. The letters "HK" were omitted and the crown became full-colour three years later. It is unclear what the badge was like during that period of time, but it was unlikely to be the "local scene". It should be a crown of some sort, which may, or may not, have had the letters "HK" below it. In 1879, the Seal badge was readopted with the Admiralty's approval. Old Admiralty House, Whitehall, London, Thomas Ripley, architect, 1723-26, was not admired by his contemporaries and earned him some scathing couplets from Alexander Pope The Admiralty was historically the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ...


On 17 November 1923, Governor Reginald Edward Stubbs replied to a question regarding white circles on colonial Blue Ensigns, the issue of concern being "the dark green of the Peak would be against the blue of the Ensign". The Colonial Office decided that the "dark green" writing at the border of the badge should consist of a series of tonal gradations from light blue, to light brown, and finally white. On 12 May 1924, Stubbs penned that the badge in the Flag Book had ... for some years past differed from the flag... Flag, that was even less attractive than that in the Flag Book, would be changed to correspond to it. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sir Reginald Stubbs Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs (Chinese Translated Name 司徒拔) (1876 - 1947) was a British colonial governor, who was once the Governor of Hong Kong. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (133rd in leap years). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the Japanese were harsh on the locals. They abolished many aspects of Chinese and British culture in Hong Kong, and forcefully instituted Japanese lifestyles in the region. The identity of Hong Kong was suppressed, and consequently all British and Chinese flags were abolished during this period; propaganda posters were distributed where the Japanese flag was canonised as Hong Kong's national flag. Hong Kong entered a dark age, the Japanese occupation, which was to last for three years and eight months, when the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Young, surrendered to Japan on 25 December 1941 after 18 days of fierce fighting. ... Flag ratio: 2:3 The national flag of Japan, (vexillological symbol: ) known as the Nisshohki (日章旗) or Hinomaru (日の丸 sun disc) in Japanese, is a base white flag with a large red disc (representing the sun) in the centre. ...


In 1955 the idea of the Seal badge was revived. This occurred some years after World War II. The new badge was similar to the 1876 badge, but had a slightly lower eye-line, and a more realistic mountain on the left-hand side. The mountain, and the ship and junk, were made more prominent and embossed. A Coat of Arms for Hong Kong was granted on 21 January 1959 by College of Arms in London. Combatants Allies: • Soviet Union, • UK & Commonwealth, • USA, • France/Free France, • China, • Poland, • ...and others Axis: • Germany, • Japan, • Italy, • ...and others Commanders Strength Casualties Full list Full list World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a large scale military conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945. ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


From 1959 onwards, Arms on white circular ground were implemented on Union Jack and Blue Ensign, likewise on unauthorised Red Ensigns.

Current design

A tourist boat, with a HKSAR flag hanging on it, running on the Victoria Harbour on a misty day.
A tourist boat, with a HKSAR flag hanging on it, running on the Victoria Harbour on a misty day.

Before the transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty, a contest was held among Hong Kong people to help choose a flag for the newly created Special Administrative Region. More than 7,000 designs were submitted for the contest; and a panel of political figures were nominated as judges. However, as the winning entries were rejected by the PRC, the famous architect Tao Ho was at last put in charge for the task. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 330 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 330 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... Victoria Harbour Part of the harbour being engulfed by reclamation off the shore of Central. ... The tricolor flag of France A flag is a piece of coloured cloth flown from a pole or mast, usually for purposes of signalling or identification. ... A Special Administrative Region (SAR) (Simplified Chinese: 特别行政区; Traditional Chinese: 特別行政區; pinyin: tèbié xíngzhèngqū; Cantonese IPA: /tɐk6piːt6 hɐŋ4tsɪŋ3kʰɵy1/; Jyutping: dak6bit6 hang4zing3keoi1; Yale: dahkbiht hàhngjingkeūi) is a political subdivision of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Dr Tao Ho (何弢) is an architect from Hong Kong. ...

The original version of the SAR flag. It was changed to make it easier to draw.
The original version of the SAR flag. It was changed to make it easier to draw.

Ho was originally chosen to be one of the panel judges to pick Hong Kong's new flag. The Shanghai-born artist recalled that some of the designs had been rather funny - some even had a political twist to them: "One had a hammer and sickle on one side and a dollar sign on the other." Six designs were chosen as finalists by the judges, but were all later rejected. Ho and two others were then asked by the PRC to submit new proposals. Image File history File links OldHKflag. ... Image File history File links OldHKflag. ... Shanghai (Chinese: 上海 pinyin: (help· info); Shanghainese: Zanhe ) , situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is Chinas largest city. ... The hammer and sickle as it appeared on the Soviet flag The hammer and sickle is a symbol used to represent communism and communist political parties. ... It has been suggested that the section The dollar symbol from the article United States dollar be merged into this article or section. ...


Looking for inspiration, Ho wandered into a garden and picked up a bauhinia flower. He observed the symmetry of the five petals, and how their winding pattern conveyed a dynamic feeling. At last he incorporated this sense of energy into the flag to represent Hong Kong.


Proper flag protocol

Policemen in black uniform marching towards the poles near the Golden Bauhinia Square, with their hands holding both the regional and national flags. A flag-raising ceremony is held there every day at 8:00 a.m.
Policemen in black uniform marching towards the poles near the Golden Bauhinia Square, with their hands holding both the regional and national flags. A flag-raising ceremony is held there every day at 8:00 a.m.

The national and regional flags are flown daily from the Chief Executive's official residence, the Government House, the Hong Kong International Airport and at all border crossings and points of entry into Hong Kong. At major government offices and buildings, such as the Office of the Chief Executive, the Executive Council, the Court of Final Appeal, the Legislative Council, and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices overseas, the national and the regional flags are displayed during days when these offices are working. Other government offices and buildings, such as hospitals, schools, departmental headquarters, sports grounds and cultural venues can fly the national and regional flags on certain occasions, such as the National Day (1 October), the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (1 July), and the New Year's Day. The national and regional flags should be raised at sunrise (around 8:00 a.m.) and lowered around sunset (around 6:00 p.m.). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3072x2048, 188 KB)Photo of a Hong Kong SAR flag ceremony. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3072x2048, 188 KB)Photo of a Hong Kong SAR flag ceremony. ... The Hong Kong Police Force (Chinese: 香港警察 Pinyin: Xiāng GÇŽng jǐngchá since 1997) is the police force of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ... The Golden Bauhinia Square at night The Golden Bauhinia Square (Chinese: 金紫荊廣場; pinyin: JÄ«n Zǐ JÄ«ng Guáng ChÇŽng) is an open area in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong. ... The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Traditional Chinese: 香港特別行政區行政長官; Simplified Chinese: 香港特别行政区行政长官; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dak6 bit6 hang4 zing3 keoi1 hang4 zing3 zoeng2 gun1; pinyin: XiÄ... The facade of the Government House. ... The interior of the Hong Kong International Airport A replica of the Spirit of Sha Tin displayed at the Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok. ... The Executive Council (ExCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China is an organ in the Executive branch of the political structure of Hong Kong. ... A court of final appeal is the court with the final adjudication power on the local laws in a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the Peoples Republic of China. ... The Legislative Council (abbreviated as LegCo; Chinese: 立法會, Pinyin: LìfÇŽ Huì; formerly 立法局, LìfÇŽ Jú) is the unicameral legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ... The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) is the representation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China abroad. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... American high school students in a school A school is most commonly a place designated for learning. ... The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a country. ... For information on the movie, New Years Day, see New Years Day (film). ... Sunrise over the sea Sunrise, also called sunup in some American English dialects, is the time at which the first part of the Sun appears above the horizon in the east. ... The 12-hour clock is a timekeeping convention in which the 24 hours of the day are divided into two periods called ante meridiem (AM, Latin for before noon) and post meridiem (PM, Latin for after noon). Each period consists of 12 hours numbered 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... A red sunset panorama Sunset, also called sundown in some American English dialects, is the time at which the Sun disappears below the horizon in the west. ... The 12-hour clock is a timekeeping convention in which the 24 hours of the day are divided into two periods called ante meridiem (AM, Latin for before noon) and post meridiem (PM, Latin for after noon). Each period consists of 12 hours numbered 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...


Respect for the flag

The Hong Kong Basic Law stipulates that the flag is the official symbol and ensign of the HKSAR. The Basic Law also states that the residents of Hong Kong and various organisations will respect and cherish the regional flag. The use and display of the regional flag is governed by the Regional Flag and Regional Emblem Ordinance [1]. This ordinance spells out specifications of the flag as well as appropriate and inappropriate uses of the flag. For example, certain actions such as writing on the flag or using the flag for advertising is not allowed. Cover of Index to the Basic Law The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China (中華人民共和國香港特別行政區基本法; or in short 香港基本法 or 基本法) serves as the constitutional document of Hong Kong. ... Respect is an attitude of acknowledging the feelings and interests of another party in a relationship, and of treating as consequential for the self the helping or harming of the other. ... The heart, a frequent modern symbol of love Love has several different meanings in the English language, from something that gives a little pleasure (I loved that meal) to something one would die for (patriotism, pair-bonding). ...


Handling of the flag

Correct display of the flag.

There are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling or displaying the flag. When the flag is used outdoors, the flag should always be hoisted at sunrise and lowered at sunset. However, weather conditions can make the use of a flag outdoors impossible. The flag may also be flown on a public building at night under special circumstances, such as the flag having lights pointed at it. Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ...


The flag should never be drawn, displayed or flown upside down. Tradition also states that when draped vertically, the flag should be rotated at a 90 degree angle and reversed. This is done because the top right (viewer's left) is the honour position of the flag. It is also considered disrespectful to display the flag that has been damaged, such as fraying of the edges (called the fly) or the colours of the flag are fading. Equipment that is used to fly flags, such as flag poles and halyards (ropes that are used to hoist the flag), should also be maintained on a regular basis. An object is in a vertical position when it is aligned in an up-down direction, perpendicular to the horizon. ... A degree (in full, a degree of arc, arc degree, or arcdegree), usually symbolized °, is a measurement of plane angle, representing 1/360 of a full rotation. ...


Correct display of the flag

When two flags displayed on a wall horizontally behind a podium, their hoists should point towards each other with the saffron stripes at the uppermost. If the flag is displayed on a short flagpole, the flagpole is mounted at an 45 degree angle so the flag can be flown and there is nothing below touching the flag. If a national flag and a regional flag are displayed on crossed staffs, the hoists must be towards each other and the flags must be fully spread out. The flag should never be used as a table cloth to cover tables, cover podiums or be draped from railings. Builders hoist, with small petrol engine Hoist or hoist can mean:- A verb meaning to lift. In flag terminology, the half of a flag nearest to the flagpole. ...


With the National Flag

Whenever the National Flag (i.e. flag of the PRC) is flown together with the Regional Flag, the National Flag shall be flown in a prominent position. For example, the PRC flag would be flown above and placed to the centre of the HKSAR flag. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (848x386, 23 KB) Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... Ratio 2:3 The Flag of the Peoples Republic of China, the Five-Starred Red Flag (五星红旗 in pinyin: wÇ” xÄ«ng hóng qí), was designed by Zeng Liansong, an economist by trade and a talented artist who lived in Ruian (瑞安 ruì ān), Zhejiang. ... PRC is a common abbreviation for: Peoples Republic of China Palestinian Red Crescent Popular Resistance Committees This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

The HKSAR and the PRC desktop flags, both with the dimension of 15 × 10 in centimetre.
The HKSAR and the PRC desktop flags, both with the dimension of 15 × 10 in centimetre.

In addition, the following rules apply: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x1024, 74 KB)Photo of the HKSAR and PRC flags, as used on a table. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x1024, 74 KB)Photo of the HKSAR and PRC flags, as used on a table. ...

  1. The PRC flag is larger than the HKSAR flag
  2. The PRC flag is raised first when both flags are raised
  3. The PRC flag is always flown on the right of the HKSAR flag.
  4. The PRC flag is found to the right of the speaker while the HKSAR flag is on the left
  5. The PRC flag is placed to the viewer's right when outside, determined by a person standing in front of the building and looking towards the front entrance of the building.

With national flags of other countries

The Regional Flag on display with the National Flag, as well as flags of other nations and private corporations outside Central Plaza, Wan Chai.
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The Regional Flag on display with the National Flag, as well as flags of other nations and private corporations outside Central Plaza, Wan Chai.

When the Regional Flag is displayed outdoors with other national flags, the Regional Flag must be flying at the far right (viewer's left) of the national flags on separate poles. Then, the national flags are arranged alphabetically according to their names in English. All the flags can be at the same sizes, but they cannot be larger than the Hong Kong flag. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1066 KB) Summary Summary en: Flags outside Central Plaza, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, facing w:Harbour Road. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1066 KB) Summary Summary en: Flags outside Central Plaza, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, facing w:Harbour Road. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... -1... Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... In textual criticism and bibliography, collation is the reading of two (or more) texts side-by-side in order to note their differences. ...


The Regional Flag is allowed to be flown at the beginning and end of the row or included alphabetically in the middle of the row. In case when flags are flown in a closed circle, the Regional Flag should be flown from a significant point. The other flags should be raised in a clockwise manner until it comes back to the Regional Flag. The Regional Flag is the first to be raised and the last to be lowered.


When the flag is displayed on crossed poles, the pole using the Regional Flag should be in front and the flag is placed to the right (observers' left). However, if the flag of the United Nations is displayed, the Regional Flag can be flown from either side of the UN flag. Generally, the flag is displayed at the farther-most right (i.e. farther-most left of an observer facing the flags). The United Nations (UN) is an international organization that describes itself as a global association of governments facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, and social equity. ...


With non-national flags

When the flag is displayed with corporate flags or advertising banners, the Regional Flag should be placed either in the middle of the flags. When doing so, the flagpole containing the Regional Flag must be in front of the other flag poles. However, if the flags are flown from the same pole, the Regional Flag must be flown on top of the others. If the flags are being used in a parade, the Regional Flag must be at front and centre of the marching group or to the marching right if other flags are in the marching group. Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ...


Showing the flag indoors

Whenever the flag is displayed indoors at public meetings or gatherings, the flag should be placed to the right of the speaker or podium (observers' left), which is the position of honour. However, if the flag is not placed next to the speaker, the flag will be placed to the audience's far right. Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... An audience is a group of people who participate in and experience or encounter a work of art, literature, theatre, music or academics in any medium. ...


When displaying the flag, the flag must include a saffron stripe on top. If hung vertically on the wall behind the podium, the saffron stripe should be to the left of the onlookers facing the flag with the hoist cord at the top.


Parades and ceremonies

When using the flag in a procession or parade, it should be either to the right of the other flags or alone at front and centre. The flag can be a displayed at the unveiling of a statue, monument, or plaque, but the flag is not supposed to be used to cover the objected that is being unveiled. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (873x373, 33 KB) Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... United States Marines on parade. ...


During either the flag hoisting or lowering ceremony or when the flag is passing in a parade or in a review, everyone who is present must stand at attention and face the flag. Those who are wearing a military uniform will also present their salutes at this time. The same rules apply when the flag is in a moving column. A dignitary can salute the flag either with or without a head cover. The national anthem should be played following the raising and saluting of the flags. The March of the Volunteers (Simplified Chinese: 义勇军进行曲; Pinyin: ) is the national anthem of the Peoples Republic of China, written in the midst of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) by the noted poet and playwright Tian Han (田汉) with music composed by Nie Er (聂耳). This composition is a musical march. ...


Half mast

The Regional Flag must be lowered to half staff (i.e. half mast) as a token of mourning when the following persons pass away: Image File history File links Self-drawn File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Hong Kong ... Flag Flying Half-Staff over the White House Half-mast, or half-staff, describes the act of flying a flag approximately halfway up a flagpole (though anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of the way up the flagpole is acceptable). ...

  • President of the People's Republic of China
  • Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
  • Premier of the State Council and Chairman of the Central Military Commission
  • Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
  • Persons who have made outstanding contributions to the People's Republic of China as the Central People's Government advises the Chief Executive.
  • Persons who have made outstanding contributions to world peace or the cause of human progress as the Central People's Government advises the Chief Executive.
  • Persons whom the Chief Executive considers have made outstanding contributions to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or for whom he considers it appropriate to do so.

The Regional Flag may also be flown at half staff when the Central People's Government advises the Chief Executive to do so, or when the Chief Executive considers it appropriate to do so, on occurrences of unfortunate events causing especially serious casualties occur or serious natural calamities have caused heavy casualties. The Central Peoples Government is the central government of the Peoples Republic of China in Beijing. ...


Damaged flag

A Regional Flag that is either damaged, defaced, faded or substandard must not be displayed or used.


Desecration

It is an offence in Hong Kong to desecrate the Regional Flag. Offences include intentionally burning (except on occasions of flag disposal), mutilating, drawing or writing on, defiling or stepping on the Flag. If convicted, a fine and a prison term with a duration of up to three years may be issued. Leung Kwok-hung ("Long Hair"), a prominent political activist in Hong Kong, was penalised for writing on the HKSAR flag in 2001; an action which resulted in a fine of 3 000 HKD being levied on Leung. Leung claimed that, however, he just wanted to write down his wishes upon Hong Kong on the flag. [2] Flag desecration is a blanket term applied to various ways of intentionally defacing or dishonoring a flag, most often a national flag (though other flags may be defaced as well). ... A fine is money paid as a financial punishment for the commission of minor crimes or as the settlement of a claim. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Long Hair, Leung Kwok-hung, talking to reporter after anti-Japan protests in Hong Kong, April 17, 2005 Leung Kwok-hung (Chinese: 梁國雄; Cantonese in IPA: ; Pinyin: Liáng Guóxióng), also known as Long Hair (長毛) (born March 27, 1956 in Hong Kong with family root in Zhencheng, Guangdong) is... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as involvement in action to bring about change, be it social, political, environmental, or other change. ... The Hong Kong Dollar (ISO 4217: HKD) is the official currency of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ...


Manufacturing process

If a flag is not being produced according to Hong Kong Basic Law, the Secretary for Justice has the ability to petition to the District Court for an injunction to prohibit the person and or company from manufacturing the flag. The District Court can also ask for the forfeiture of the flag and other materials used in the process of producing the flags. If the District Court agrees that the flags are found to be not in compliance, the District Court can issue the injunction and order that the flag and the materials that were used to make the flag to be seized by the Government. Secretary for Justice (律政司司長) is a member of the Hong Kong Government responsible for prosecutions and legal matters. ... The District Courts are the lower court system in Hong Kong, have both criminal and civil jurisdictions. ... I love this law whereby police, who suspect that a crime has been committed, do a search of a persons property and confiscate any relevant evidence to the crime. ...


Trivia

During the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics 2004, the Hong Kong team of athletes were hoisting a mirror image version of the flag, where the tips of the petals were pointing in the wrong direction. This was quickly corrected for the closing ceremony, but many people felt rather embarassed at this. For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ...


References

Footnotes
  1. ^  Leung Kwok Hung desecrates HKSAR flag [3]. BBC Chinese. Accessed 23 February 2001. Chinese only English (AP)
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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ... This is a list of current and historical flags used in the geographic area of China. ... Hong Kong Regional Emblem (since 1997) The current coat of arms came into use on 1 July 1997, when the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the Peoples Republic of China, and the emblem replaced the colonial Hong Kong coat of arms. ... Flag ratio: 2:3 The flag of Macau is light green with a lotus flower above the stylized Nobre Governador Carvalho Bridge and water in white, beneath an arc of five gold, five-pointed stars: one large in center of arc and four smaller. ... Ratio 2:3 The Flag of the Peoples Republic of China, the Five-Starred Red Flag (五星红旗 in pinyin: wǔ xīng hóng qí), was designed by Zeng Liansong, an economist by trade and a talented artist who lived in Ruian (瑞安 ruì ān), Zhejiang. ... The March of the Volunteers (Simplified Chinese: 义勇军进行曲; Pinyin: ) is the national anthem of the Peoples Republic of China, written in the midst of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) by the noted poet and playwright Tian Han (田汉) with music composed by Nie Er (聂耳). This composition is a musical march. ... A national flag is a flag that symbolises a country and that can usually be flown by citizens of that country. ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... This gallery of sovereign state flags shows the flags of sovereign states in the list of sovereign states. ... This gallery of sovereign state coats of arms shows the coat of arms of sovereign states in the list of sovereign states. ... This overview contains the flags of dependent territories. ... This overview contains the flags of self-proclaimed states that have declared their independence, exert control over (at least part of) the claimed territory and population, but have not been acknowledged as independent states by the international community at large. ... This overview shows the coat of arms of dependent territories. ... This overview contains the coats of arms of self-proclaimed states that have declared their independence, exert control over (at least part of) the claimed territory and population, but have not been acknowledged as independent states by the international community at large. ...

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