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Contrary to recent history (where companies had only the Chinese flag as their own flag) we are now seeing more state-owned but privately-managed-style Chinese companies, where they have their own
flag.
Esteban Rivera, 05 January 2015


Bank of China

[Bank of China flag]   [Bank of China flag] images by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2012

Responding to a question and answer on the FOTW-fb page about a mysterious Chinese flag flown over disputed territories, Nozomi Kariyasu identified the logo on the flag as that of the Bank of China.
http://picm.photophoto.cn/014/019/025/0190250029.jpg  is the Visual Identity Manual for the Bank of China and the official flag is a dark red (Pantone 201 C) on a white background. If the flag is 80x120 CM,  the logo is placed in the middle and has a diameter of 55 CM. While doing a quick Google image search shows only the white/red flag; I am also certain the red/yellow flag color scheme is also used for patriotic displays. I am attaching both versions of the flag.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2012


China National Offshore Oil Corporation - CNOOC

[CNOOC flag] image by Zoltan Horvath, 06 January 2015

"China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC Group (Chinese: 中国海洋石油总公司 Pinyin: Zhōngguó Háiyáng Shíyóu Zǒnggōngsī), is a major national oil company in China. It was established in 1982."
The flag is a dark blue horizontal flag with the logo on the canton. The flag is seen here (first flag from left to right).
Source: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2013/09/11-tiger-hunt-china-oil-patch-downs
For additional information go to: CNOOC (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 05 January 2015


COSCO company

[COSCO company flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 23 September 2010

A flag can be seen in a Yahoo News photo (ephemeral url, but detail seen here) captioned:
"A COSCO company flag and a Chinese national flag fly in front of the company's headquarters in Beijing August 26, 2010. China COSCO Holdings, flagship of the country's premier shipping firm, swung into the black with second-quarter profit on recovering trade, but overcapacity and a possible global slowdown may drag."
It is blue with the corporate logo in white: the word COSCO in a blocky font, the S extended upward into a spike, encircled by a halo.
Eugene Ipavec, 23 September 2010


Dòunán 斗南 Flower flags

[Dòunán commercial flag] image by Roman Kogovsek

[Dòunán commercial flag] image by Roman Kogovsek

Dounan town is close to Kunming, Yunnan's capital. The whole region is famous as China's flower capital. There is a lot of business going on, and I think that purpose of those two flags is mainly commercial.
Roman Kogovsek, 19 June 2005

The success of cut flowers as a new product was due to the initiative of farmers in a village with 1,619 households called Dounan which used to grow vegetables in the suburb of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province.
The Dounan Flower Market in suburban Kunming is the largest in China. It opens from four o'clock in the morning till 10 at night. Every day, it receives more than 2,000 flower dealers from all parts of the country. The daily sales reach 1.2 million yuan from the 1.4 million sprays of fresh cut-flower.
Eugene Ipavec, 20 June 2005


Faw Group

"第一汽车集团 (English): First Automobile Works, FAW) Group Corporation is a Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Changchun, Jilin, China. Its principal products are automobiles; buses; light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks; and auto parts. FAW became China's first automobile manufacturer and it was established on July 15, 1953 (construction of the first manufacturing plant, which successfully ended on July 13, 1956). FAW has at least 28 wholly owned subsidiaries and controlling shares in 18 partially owned subsidiaries. These include the wholly owned subsidiaries FAW Jie Fang Truck Co Ltd and FAW Bus and Coach Co Ltd, the foreign joint venture FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co Ltd., and the publicly traded FAW Car Co Ltd., Tianjin FAW Xiali Automobile Co Ltd, and Changchun FAWAY Automobile Components Co Ltd."
Sources: http://www.faw.com/aboutFaw/aboutFaw.jsp?pros=forward.jsp&phight=580&about=forword
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAW_Group

Its flag is a blue horizontal flag with the logo with Chinese inscription in inverted colors, in the middle, as seen here (flag on the right): http://www.faw.com/images/704.jpg (source: http://www.faw.com/).

Here's a variant with the plain logo (http://www.jacobsvehiclesystems.com/img/200x65/Customer/faw.png) without the Chinese inscription (first and last flags featured): http://faw.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/local-2.jpg (source:
http://faw.co.za/about-us).

For additional information go to FAW Group (official website): http://www.faw.com/
Esteban Rivera, 9 August 2017

" 一汽-大众汽车有限公司 (English: FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd., FAW-VW) is a joint venture between FAW Group and Volkswagen Group which manufactures Audi and Volkswagen marque passenger cars for sale in China. It was established on February 6, 1991."
Sources: http://www.faw-vw.com/index.php/about and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAW-Volkswagen

Its flag is a white horizontal flag with the logo (http://www.onwings.com.cn/public/cms_img/ueditor/php/upload/image/20140626/1403751065397893.png) in the middle as seen here:
http://www.rallyreportwrc.com/files/2017/07/C1.jpg (source: http://www.rallyreportwrc.com/2017/07/21/faw-vw-team-gained-second-place-at-crc-zhangye-leg/)

For additional information go to FAW-VW (official website): http://www.faw-vw.com/
Esteban Rivera, 9 August 2017


Fosun International

"Fosun International (Chinese: 復星國際 ) Limited, is a Chinese international conglomerate and investment company with stake in several industrial operations, investment, asset management, entertainment and insurance with many subsidiary companies in each business. It was established in 1992 as Fosun (Chinese: 復星 ) and renamed Fosun Intl. on December 24, 2004. Its major shareholder is Fosun Holdings."
Sources: http://www.fosun.com/language/en/aboutus/1.html and
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fosun_International

Its flag is a blue horizontal background with the logo (http://images.en.yibada.com/data/images/full/13833/fosuns-purchase-of-the-sydney-property-is-only-one-of-the-several-overseas-property-acquisitions-by-chinese-billionaires.jpg ) in white, in the middle, as seen here (second flag from left to right): http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/57fc75915124c932485edab1-1190-625/us-watchdog-expands-scrutiny-to-more-chinese-deals.jpg (source: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-us-watchdog-expands-scrutiny-to-more-chinese-deals-2016-10a>).

For additional information go to Fosun (official website):
http://www.fosun.com/
Esteban Rivera, 4 January 2017


Lenovo

[Lenovo flag] image by Randy Young, 25 May 2015

"Lenovo Group Ltd. (联想集团有限公司 ) is a Chinese multinational computer technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina, United States. It designs, develops, manufactures and sells personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. Lenovo has operations in more than 60 countries and sells its products in around 160 countries. Lenovo was founded in Beijing in November 1, 1984 as Chinese Academy of Sciences Computer Technology Research Institute New Technology Development Company, then renamed Legend and was incorporated in Hong Kong in 1988. Lenovo acquired IBM's personal computer business in 2005.
"Lenovo" is a portmanteau of "Le-" (from Legend) and "novo", Latin ablative for "new." The Chinese name (simplified Chinese: 联想; traditional Chinese: 聯 想;pinyin: liánxiǎng) means "association" (as in "word association") or "connected thinking" but can also imply creativity.
For the first 20 years of its existence, the company's English name was "Legend" (in Chinese 联想 Lianxiang). In 2002, Yang Yuanqing decided to abandon use of the Legend brand name in order to expand outside of China. The "Legend" name was already in use by many other businesses worldwide, making it impossible to register in most jurisdictions. In April 2003, the company publicly announced its new name, "Lenovo," with a large media campaign involving huge billboards and primetime television ads."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo

For additional information go to: Lenovo (official website)
The flag is a horizontal blue flag with the logo in invered colors (that is, letters are in white). Image of flag. (Cropped image of flag part.)
Source: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/chinese-national-and-company-branded-flags-fly-outside-the-news-photo/458888218
Esteban Rivera, 24 May 2015


PetroChina

[PetroChina flag] image by Zoltan Horvath, 06 January 2015

"PetroChina Company Limited (SimplifiedChinese: 中国石油天然气股份有限公司), (TraditionalChinese: 中國石油天然氣股份有限公司) (SEHK: 0857,SSE: 601857, NYSE: PTR) is a Chinese oil and gas company and is the listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). It was established in 1999."
Sources: http://www.petrochina.com.cn/ptr/gsjj/gsjs_common.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PetroChina
The flag is a light blue horizontal flag with the logo in the middle with the inscription of the company's name in an emboldened, black typeset, "PetroChina" (Chinese: 中国石油; pinyin: Zhōngguó shíyóu). The flag is seen here (first flag from left to right).
Sources: http://www.petrochina.com.cn/ptr/gsbs/gsjs_common.shtml
http://www.vcpost.com/articles/14651/20130909/petrochina-share-trading-resume-sh.htm.
For additional information go to: PetroChina (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 05 January 2015


Shimao Property Holdings Ltd.

"Shimao Property Holdings Ltd. (Chinese: 世茂房地產) is a diversified real estate development company that specializes in property development, property investment, and hotel operations and was established in 2001 with origins that date back as far as 1994. It owns Shimao Group."
Sources: http://www.shimaoproperty.com/en/Shimao/Index#company-profile, https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%96%E8%8C%82%E6%88%BF%E5%9C%B0%E7%94%A2
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimao_Property

The flag features the company's logo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimao_Property#/media/File:Shimao.png) in white over a light brown horizontal background.

Its flag is seen in this picture (
http://www.eco-city.gov.cn/eco/u/cms/www/201111/07114544uq4e.jpg,
source: http://www.eco-city.gov.cn/eco/html/jszq/jsdt/20100824/1610.html) showing six flags, from left to right. Fifth flag is Shimao Property flag (Brown background flag).

The same picture is found here: https://bsd.nforce.com.sg/images/china/Shi%20mao%20eco%20Center%20tianjin.jpg (source: https://bsd.nforce.com.sg/references03.php). Picture caption reads: "Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Shi Mao (Eco) Exhibition Centre Tianjin Eco-City Shimao New Century Investment & Development".

For additional information to go Shimao Property (official website): http://www.shimaoproperty.com/
Esteban Rivera, 5 January 2017


Tien's Group

"Tiens (/ˈtiːɛns/, from Chinese: 天狮; pinyin: Tiānshī; literally: "heavenly lion") is a Chinese multinational conglomerate, mainly operating in biotechnology, logistics, finance, property, international trade, retail, e-business, education and tourism. It was established in 1995"
Source: http://www.tiens.com/about.php?cid=52&pid=78 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiens_Group

The flag is the logo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiens_Group#/media/File:Tiens-logo.png) over a horizontal flag, having three horizontal stripes, the one on the top being orange, the one in the middle being white and the one at the bottom being green, occupying 25/50/25 respectively as seen here:
- http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/worker-of-chinese-tiens-group-during-a-celebration-where-2500-workers-picture-id529521264
(source: http://www.gettyimages.com/license/529521264)
- http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/employees-of-chinese-company-tiens-wave-flags-of-their-company-and-picture-id528640274
(source: http://www.gettyimages.dk/detail/news-photo/employees-of-chinese-company-tiens-wave-flags-of-their-news-photo/528640274#employees-of-chinese-company-tiens-wave-flags-of-their-company-and-picture-id528640274)
- http://www.fsyaolong.com/Upload/EditorFiles/200908/20090807153017552.jpg
and http://www.fsyaolong.com/Upload/EditorFiles/200908/20090807153627444.jpg
(source: http://www.fsyaolong.com/en/NewsView.asp?ID=186&SortID=10)
- https://i.ytimg.com/vi/rUlxoEC6tmY/maxresdefault.jpg (source:
http://cyberspaceandtime.com/Path_of_TIENS_INDIA_2015_A_Worldwide_Green/m29TKoCPX_I.video)
- http://www.tiens.co.uk/uploads/images/%E6%80%BB%E9%83%A8%E5%8A%9E%E5%85%AC%E5%A4%A7%E6%A5%BC-%E9%87%91%E8%89%B2%E9%A3%9E%E7%8B%AE_CfStSoN.jpg.1180x265_q85_crop.jpg
and http://www.tiens.co.uk/uploads/cms_page_media/1217/01.jpg (source: http://www.tiens.co.uk/en-uk/events-and-news/tiens-magazine/path-tiens/)
- http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/the-image-shows-frontage-of-tiens-international-healthy-industrial-picture-id473845840
(source: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/license/473845840)

For additional information go to Tiens (official website): http://www.tiens.com/
Esteban Rivera, 5 January 2016


ZTE Corporation

[PetroChina flag] image by Randy Young, 16 April 2017

ZTE Corporation, commonly shortened to ZTE, is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. ZTE, initially founded as Zhongxing Semiconductor Co., Ltd (Chinese: 深圳市中興半導體有限公司成 ) in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in 1985, was incorporated by a group of investors associated with China's Ministry of Aerospace. In 1986 the Shenzhen Research Institute (Chinese: 深圳研究所成 ) was established independently (a company that was later acquired by the first). In March 1993, Zhongxing Semiconductor has changed its name to Zhongxing New Telecommunications Equipment Co., Ltd"
Sources: http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/corporate_information,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZTE, and https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/

The new logo was unveiled on December 30, 2014. The "key difference between the old and new logo is minimal. In the new logo, ZTE removed Chinese letters and used a different blue color to show ZTE. Earlier, ZTE had a sharp or square design. The new ZTE has a rounded design. ZTE said that the rounded design and lighter color of the new ZTE logo dovetails with the company's new CGO philosophy (Cool - Green - Open), which will drive innovations that are dynamic, youthful and compelling to users, sustainable and environmentally responsible as well as open-minded and collaborative".
Source: http://www.telecomlead.com/telecom-equipment/zte-unveils-new-logo-to-tap-3-5-trillion-m-ict-market-55166

Additional official information on the logo can be found here: http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/corporate_information/brand_logo

[PetroChina flag] image by Randy Young, 16 April 2017

Here's the old flag (http://storage.seaforthhuronexpositor.com/v1/dynamic_resize/sws_path/suns-prod-images/1297314144958_ORIGINAL.jpg?quality=80&size=650x&stmp=1348064359027, source: http://www.seaforthhuronexpositor.com/2012/09/19/zte-mozilla-aim-to-roll-out-mobile-os) featuring the old logo (http://myzone.dwvighbb5mwqnytmb.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ZTE-old-logo.jpg).

Here's the new flag (http://irs.iol.co.za/image/1/process/3500x1969?source=https://inm-baobab-prod-eu-west-1.s3.amazonaws.com/public/inm/media/media/2017/03/08/1488947055173.jpg, source: http://www.iol.co.za/business-report/technology/china-telecom-firm-zte-removed-from-us-trade-blacklist-8395562), featuring the new logo (http://www.bbcmag.com/2015s/logs/zte-new-logo-2015-720x480.jpg). The new flag features the writing in Chinese (http://seeklogo.com/images/Z/zte-logo-6B2CCE1DF2-seeklogo.com.png) below the initials.

For additional information go to ZTE (official website): http://www.zte.com.cn/
Esteban Rivera, 6 April 2017


Flag Displays

[Dunán commercial flag] image by J. Patrick Fischer, 5 November 2006

Chinese seem to be crazy for flags, although there are no regional flags. But every shopping mall or company have a own flag in front of their entrance.
Another very popular tradition is to decorate the shop, office, school or something else with monochrome flags in different colours for any celebrations. Normally, there are blue, red, yellow, green and pink flags together like in this picture.
J. Patrick Fischer, 5 November 2006