National Flag of The People's Republic of China
The national flag of the People's Republic of China is the five-star red flag.
The red color of the flag is the symbol of the revolution, signifying that the political power of the People's Republic of China is achieved through bloodshed and lives laid down by countless revolutionary martyrs who marched forward wave upon wave in the heroic struggles for the revolution.
In the upper-left corner of the flag there are five-pointed yellow stars, of which the big one represents the Communist Party of China and the four small ones the people of all ethnic groups of the country. One point of the big star points right up the flag and of the four small ones each has a point pointing towards the centre of the big star. This shows that the Chinese Communist Party is the force at the core of the leadership of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups who unite closely as one round the Party.
With the color of the stars in yellow this means the great cause of socialism has a bright future. With the flag-staff painted white, that is to suggest flawless purity and loftiness." Political curio:
China (The People's Republic of China) is recognised as the sole legitimate China by the great majority of the member countries of the United Nation, while Taiwan is regarded as a renegade province. However, 24 countries (circa Sep 07) in the world recognise Taiwan (The Republic of China) over PR China. These countries are: Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati, Malawi, Swaziland, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Sao Tome & Principe, The Holy See of Vatican, Belize, Guatamala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Haiti, St.Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, St.Vincent & The Grenadines & St.Lucia.
At the Dali exhibition.
This was one of two Salvador Dali exhibitions that I went to during my 2002 around the world trip... The other one was in Brugges, Belgium... Both exhibitions focused on fascinating late period works such as lithographs and illustrations... Things like a series on Boccaccio's "Decameron"... Dali is generally more famous for his stunning early works such as "Persistence of Memory" and "Metamorphosis of Narcissus" but his late period works are all equally fascinating and insightful...!
If you want to visit Beijing, bring a good City map.
I had bought the Beijing Lonely Planet map (green one) (5,99 US $) at the Adventure Fair in Gent. It is a laminated map with one big city map and several extra maps like The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall and Greater Beijing.
The second map (blue one) , Peking/Beijing map, Berndtson & Berndtson was given by a friend who visited Beijing in 2000. This map was better then the lonely Planet map as it was more detailled (1:24.000), it was also laminated, it also had the Metro lines, the Beijing area with The Great Wall locations, detailled maps of the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Fragrant Hills and Chengde. (www.mapmyway.com)
Have a name chop/ seal made...
Have a name chop/ seal made with your name written in CHINESE!!!!!!! You can choose from the many different sizes and styles available - the most inexpensive being those carved from wood. But if you have some money to spare, buy those jade chops.
Bustling Night Market
I believe it's called the Donganmen Night Market, but anyway, this is a great place to be in the evening. The night market is just off of Wangfujing St, near the Xindongan Mall. Here you can buy Mongolian barbecued lamb, sweet rolls, drinks, and much more. Even if you don't buy anything, it's interesting to just be here and watch.