| The national emblem of the PRC features Tiananmen Gate beneath the
five shining stars, encircled by ears of grain and with a cogwheel at the bottom. The ears
of grain, stars, Tiananmen and cogwheel are gold; the field within the circle is red, as
are the ribbons festooning the bottom of the circle. These two colors traditionaly
represent auspiciousness and happiness.
Tiananmen symbolizes the unyielding spirit of the Chinese people in their fight against imperialism and feudalism; the cogwheel and ears of grain represent the working class and the peasantry, respectively; the five stars, as above, stand for the great unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC.