The Great Qing, aka: The Qing Dynasty. It was the last imperial dynasty in China, lasting from 1636-1912. After The Qing Dynasty came the Republic of China. At it’s height it had a population of 400 million. In it’s history there were many emperors and world wide shifts.
The flag is the Azure Dragon on a yellow field with a red flaming pearl on the left (hoist) corner. It was the first flag of China. It is known as the ‘Yellow Dragon Flag’. Yellow is The royal color – the first emperor was called the ‘Yellow Emperor’. The dragon represents imperial power and strength. The pearl stands for wealth, good luck and prosperity.
The initial flag was in a triangle shape. It was first carried into battle by the Chinese cavalry. When battle ships were developed it remained a triangle. In the early 1800s Chinese noticed other ships had a triangle so the official flag was changed to a rectangular shape.
Our connection to China remains intact. We hear from ‘our kids’ often. And besides, who doesn’t like a dragon on a flag?