Hong Kong

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The flag of Hong Kong features the indigenous Bauhinia orchid flower on a red background.  Red symbolizes its Chinese culture and the link to China as an autonomous ‘special administrative region’ of the PRC.  The white orchid flower (the actual flower is pinkish-purple) symbolizes the peace and harmony between the PRC of Hong Kong withRead more

Shanghai, China

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The flag of China features a large gold star with four small gold stars on a red background.  The stars symbolize the Communist Party (large star) and Chairman Mao Zedong’s four social classes of people–proletarian workers, agricultural peasants, petty bourgeoisie, and capitalists.  The red represents the communist revolution.  The five gold stars together symbolize theRead more

Beijing, China (The Great Wall)

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The flag of China features a large gold star with four small gold stars on a red background.  The stars symbolize the Communist Party (large star) and Chairman Mao Zedong’s four social classes of people–proletarian workers, agricultural peasants, petty bourgeoisie, and capitalists.  The red represents the communist revolution.  The five gold stars together symbolize the importance placed on theRead more

Vung Tau, Vietnam

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The flag of Vietnam has a simple design of a large gold star on a red background.  Red represents the bloodshed of the Vietnamese revolution.  The 5-pointed gold star symbolizes the five socialist classes of its people–intellectuals, farmers, workers, businessmen, and military personnel. Muggy day in Vung Tau– Another stop along our Far East AsiaRead more

Nagasaki, Japan

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The flag of Japan is a simple design of a crimson-red disc on a contrasting white background.  Known to the Japanese as ‘Nisshoki’, the flag embodies its reference as ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’.  The crimson-red disc represents the sun, which is symbolic of the legend that the sun goddess Amaterasu founded Japan in theRead more

Rome, Italy

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The flag of Italy is a tri-colour common design among flags of Europe that consists of equal vertical green, white, and red bands.  The green represents hope and joy, as well as its green landscapes and natural beauty.  The white band symbolizes peace and honesty, as well as Italy’s snow-capped mountains in the north.   The red bandRead more

Kotor, Montenegro

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The flag of Montenegro consists of a gold border around a red background on which a coat of arms lies.  The coat of arms, with double-headed eagle, symbolizes the unity of between the church and the state as the country was a theocracy for some 350 years.     Absolutely Stunning Kotor Bay! — Nina andRead more

Palermo, Sicily

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Although a province of Italy, the autonomous region of Sicily has its own flag (which flies below the Italian national flag).  The Sicilian flag has two equal triangles representing its two municipalities–Palermo (red) and Corleone (yellow).  The Trinacria symbol of three bent legs represents the triangular shape of the island and the winged head of MedusaRead more

Corfu, Greece

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The flag of Greece is one of the most recognizable flags among all nations of the world.  The white cross represents the Greek Orthodox religion of the nation, while the blue and white colours symbolize the surrounding seas and white waves.  The nine stripes represent the nine letters in the Greek word for freedom. ARead more

Vatican City

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The flag of the Vatican City sovereign city-state is depicted with equal gold and white vertical bands with a coat of arms in the white band.  The coat of arms consists of a gold key crossed over a silver key.  The keys symbolize the Keys to Heaven (given to St. Peter by Jesus) and haveRead more

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