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UPDATED: 11:23, October 01, 2004
Shanghai sets up statue for designer of national flag
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Shanghai erected a statue of Zeng Liansong, the designer of the flag of the People's Republic of China, to mark the 55th founding anniversary of New China.

The bronze statue, standing in a cemetery 70 kilometers from the city's downtown, depicts Zeng at age 32 with a pen in his right hand and eyes looking into the distance. The statue was created by Wang Zhiqiang, a noted artist with a Shanghai-based academy for oil painting and sculpture.

When he submitted his flag design, Zeng worked as a secretary with a local news agency in Shanghai. He responded to an ad in the newspaper calling for recommendations for a national flag, emblem and anthem.

Zeng's five-star flag design stood out among 3,012 entries to become China's national flag.

Red symbolizes revolution and yellow stands for brightness and the skin color of the Chinese people. The biggest of the five stars represents the ruling Communist Party of China while the four smaller ones, the Chinese people. The five stars are arrayed in such an order to imply that the Chinese people are united around their ruling party.

In 1950, he was given five million yuan in the old currency for his design, which was about 500 yuan (60 US dollars) in today's currency.

At the ceremony to celebrate the founding of New China on October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong raised the five-star red flag at the Tian'anmen Square.

Zeng was invited to attend the Grand National Day celebrations at the Tian'anmen Square in 1950.

He later became a company manager and a Standing Committee member of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

He was hospitalized after suffering a stroke in 1997, and passed away in Shanghai on Oct. 19, 1999 at age 82.

Source: Xinhua

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