How China got its flag (and which designs didn’t make the cut)

At first glance, it doesn’t look like much work went into the Chinese flag. Simple red backgrounds with a few yellow stars were all the rage among mid-20th century communist nations, and China was just following suit – right?

In fact, today’s Chinese flag was just one of many – of thousands – in competition to become the nation’s banner. When the flag was being decided upon, it actually would have been a good move to be against the “big yellow star surrounded by four smaller ones” design, as it wasn’t the one preferred by Mao Zedong himself.

[Read on That’s Online]