121103 – Bauhinia & Hong Kong

Bauhinia × blakeana, the floral emblem of Hong Kong, is translated as “洋紫荊 (Transliteration: Foreign Cercis)”. Yet since Hong Kong was ceded to Communist China in 1997, despite the flower’s overwhelming appearance in the region’s emblem, flag and coins, it is more commonly called “紫荊 (Cercis)” – a plant of a different genus. The name change is obviously unscientific and simply based on political reason because the word “洋 (Foreign)” is politically incorrect from Communist China’s point of view.

Well, this is China, a very conservative single-party state, despite its “success” in economy achieved by sacrificing nearly everything else.


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