Flag of the Young Pioneers of China.

Sub-collection: China

Flag of the Young Pioneers of China.
This is a large detachment flag of the Communist Chinese co-ed youth organization, the Young Pioneers of China (YPC), which is operated by the Communist Youth League (CYL), the organization of older youth under the direct supervision of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The YPC is a pioneer movement similar to youth organizations in other communist nations, which had banned traditional Scouting (as inspired by Baden-Powell's scouting movement) in many nations after WWII.

The Youth and Children of China Movement were formalized after WWI and renamed the YPC in 1953. After its creation in the 1920s, the CCP founded and ran other youth movements in communist controlled areas.

During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1978), the YPM was made defunct. It was replaced by the Little Red Guards; younger counterparts of the Red Guards. In October 1978, after the Cultural Revolution, the YPM movement was reinstated.

Young Pioneers are children between six and fourteen years of age. Upon reaching the age of fourteen, members may exit the Young Pioneers to join the CYL. Most elementary school students are Young Pioneers when graduating.

The Young Pioneers Constitution clarifies the flags' symbolism: The flag is red, which symbolizes the victory of the Chinese Communist Revolution; the five-pointed golden yellow symbolizes the leadership of the Communist Party, and the flaming torch symbolizes the brightness of a future that follows the path of international communism.

Small YPC detachments use the same flag except they are swallow-tailed.

Curiously, the cessation of the United Kingdom and Portugal as the colonial masters of Hong Kong, in 1997, and Macau, in 1999, respectively, has not seen the expansion of CCP youth organizations including the YPC, into those areas..

The Chinese writing imprinted on the hoist is a Postal stamp cancellation for registered mail. See also ZFC1327.

ZFC Noteworthy Flag


Young Pioneers of China, Wikipedia, May 29, 2012, From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Pioneers_of_China

Young Pioneers Day in China, TravelPod, May 29, 2012, From: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/eddakath/life_in_china/1192287360/tpod.html

Young Pioneers, Hitler Youth & Boy Scouts, Edward Bellamy, Francis Bellamy, Pledge of Allegiance, May 29, 2012, From: http://rexcurry.net/ussr-cccp-sssr-young-pioneers-socialism.html

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 46
Length of Fly 35


Size of Stars 9.25


Size of Hoist 1.75


Is it framed? no


Number of Stars 1
How are the stars embeded? Printed
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes


Has a Blood Stripe? no


Description of Crest/Emblem Flame


Nation Represented China


Fabric Polyester


Stitching Machine


Method of Attachment Sleeve


Applique Sides Double Sided = Two sides different


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Excellent
Displayable yes