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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
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.  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).
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


[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, andMorrisville, 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."

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.)
Esteban Rivera, 24 May 2015


[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."
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).
For additional information go to: PetroChina (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 05 January 2015

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 sth 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