"The flag of Hong Kong is red with a stylized, white, five-petal Bauhinia flower in the center. Each petal contains a small, red, five-pointed star in its middle. The red color is the same as that on the Chinese flag and represents the motherland. In China, the red color is a festive color, symbolizing nationalism and celebration. The color was included on the flag of Hong Kong to signify the link between China and Hong Kong. The fragrant Bauhinia - developed in Hong Kong in the late 19th century - is the region's symbol. The five stars echo those on the flag of China, symbolizing that all residents of Hong Kong are part of motherland China." (source: worldatlas).