The Flag of Hong Kong

The flag of Hong Kong features a white, five-petal Bauhinia blakeana flower in the center against a red background. Each petal contains a red star in its center, with the stars positioned in a circular formation. The design symbolizes harmony and unity, with the red color reflecting the flag's cultural and historical ties to China.

The Flag of Hong Kong

History

The flag of Hong Kong was officially adopted on July 1, 1997, the day the United Kingdom handed sovereignty of Hong Kong back to China, marking the end of British rule. This event is known as the Handover, and it initiated the 'one country, two systems' principle. The flag was chosen from a design competition launched in 1990, which drew over 4,000 entries. The winning design, created by architect Tao Ho, incorporates the Bauhinia blakeana, a flower that is unique to Hong Kong and symbolizes the region's identity. The flag not only represents Hong Kong's return to China but also its distinct cultural identity and heritage within a reunified country.