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China's National Flag, Emblem and Anthem

China's National Flag and Emblem was  unanimously adopted by the First Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held on the eve of the birth of the New China. They were first formally used on October 1, 1949 with the founding of the People's Republic.

The national flag has five gold stars on a red background. The stars are in the upper left-hand corner --- one large one, and to its right four smaller ones with one point of each of the four pointing to the center of the large one.

The red color represents the revolution and the gold of the stars represents the dawn of a new day over the vast land of China. The five stars symbolize the unity of the Chinese people under the Chinese Communist Party.

Emblem

The national emblem manifests the nature of the People's Republic of China --- a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.

In the center of the emblem is Tian'anmen or "the Gate of Heavenly Peace". Tian'anmen is the gate, which stands at the entrance to the Forbidden City, today's Palace Museum. From the rostrum on top of that gate, Mao Zedong proclaimed the birth of the People's Republic of China in 1949. On the emblem the gate is illuminated by the five stars from the national flag. As on the flag, the five stars here also symbolize the unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party. Stalks of grain, representing the peasant population, surround the gate. Below it there is a cogwheel, a symbol of the working class.

National Anthem

China's national anthem is "The March of the Volunteers." It has quite an interesting history. The song was originally written in 1935 as the theme song for a film called "Sons and Daughters of the Storm." The words were written by Tian Han, a famous modern writer and set to music composed by Nie Er, a great revolutionary composer. The song urged people to join the National Resistance Movement against the Japanese in World War Two. It was not until 1982 that "The March of the Volunteers" was officially named the national anthem by the National People's Congress.

Date: 29 Jan 07    Views: 62    Comments: 0          

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