39 Interesting Facts About Taiwan

Taiwan is an amazing island nation that is nestled in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Mainland China. It is so unique because of its history and a number of unique cultural factors.

Taiwan is influenced by Japan, Korea and Mainland China. It also has a democratic system influenced by the West and the UK.

39 Fun Facts About Taiwan

14 Facts About Taiwanese Culture

1. Taiwan is an eclectic mix of enterprises and individuals, including governmental officials, farmers, small business owners and artisans. The working class is one fifth of the population, and the middle class makes up another fifth.

2. Taiwan had a time period recently of economic reform that uplifted residents to the middle and upper classes.

3. Many students wear school uniforms. They are comfortable, athletic looking and have a fluorescent colour to them.

4. The condominiums resemble the average Taiwanese person in that they are vertical, tall, and skinny. Many people take the stairs to get up to their flats. Each apartment is typically quite small, and very expensive.

5. Most Taiwanese don’t like the rain. It rains often; however, walking in a bit of rain is a no no in the culture, even if it is only for a few seconds. This typically has to do with pollution and fears of acid rain on their skin.

6. Taiwanese girls like to have fair skin and therefore stay away from the sunshine at all costs.

7. Everybody works hard all the time. Kids study so much that they have the world’s best math scores. Most people love to work, and they are at their jobs up to 70 hours per week. This is also a high-IQ area of the world.

8. There are no garbage cans outdoors. Garbage cans are usually kept inside of a house or place of business. The garbage is tossed into a garbage truck when it arrives. These trucks play loud music to indicate their arrival in the streets.

9. There are bats in the parks that fly around all over the place.

10. Politeness, honor and respect for elders is of major concern in this culture.

11. People from this country are happy to see their guests.

12. 7-11 convenience stores are everywhere, and they are basically open all night with various amenities. These stores are owned by a Japanese company. In these stores, you can print a document, call a taxi, send a parcel, pay your bills and do much more.

A 7-11 convenience store in Taiwan
Outside view of a 7-11 convenience store in Taiwan. Image credit – MINe

13. Some of the kids have funny English names like King, Circle or Lion.

14. Crying or expressing emotions at school to each other is not an issue whether you are a teenager, boy or a girl.

10 Facts On Taiwanese History

15. Taiwan has a history that goes back many thousands of years to the earliest evidence of humans existing on the planet.

16. By around the 1700s, the Dutch colonized the island. The Han Chinese and Hakka immigrants from Guangdong and Fujian provinces made it across the Taiwan Straight to also inhabit this small island country.

17. The Spanish tried to inhabit the country also by the 18th century, but this endeavor was not successful.

18. By the late 17th century, a Ming Dynasty loyalist called Koxinga lost mainland China. Instead, he defeated the Dutch to establish a base on the island. The Qing dynasty then conquered him and his efforts, and Qing dynasty influence was integrated into Taiwanese culture.

19. In the First Sino war of 1895, the Empire of Japan conquered the island. The main exports to Japan were rice and sugar. During World War Two, Japanese imperial education systems were started in Taiwan. The Taiwanese became Japanese soldiers during the Second World War.

20. After the Second World War, the ROC, led by the KMT or Kuomintang, took Taiwan. Chiang Kai Shek introduced martial law in Taiwan and ruled Taiwan including the islands on the Taiwan Straight called Kinmen Wuchiu and Matsu.

21. After the Second World War, Taiwan had great economic growth and industrialization. It became known for its economic strength.

22. A democratic period and reforms occurred in the country after the Second World War.

23. The first presidential election was held in 1996. This was also the time of the Taiwan Missile Crisis.

24. In the year 2000, the election ended Kuomintang’s status as a ruling group. Democratic processes continued to grow.

10 Facts About The Taiwan Flag

flag of Taiwan
Flag of Taiwan

25. The KMT party flag has now become the Taiwan flag, which represents a blue sky with a white sun.

26. The twelve rays of sun represents 12 Chinese hours of the time clock, and the 12 months of the year.

27. The red on the Taiwanese flag symbolizes the revolutionaries and the blood they shed to create the ROC (also known as Taiwan).

28. The Taiwanese flag was used in mainland China, as well as by the KMT in the 1900s.

29. This flag became the official flag of Taiwan in 1928.

30. The design of the Taiwan flag was created by Sun Yat Sen and Lu Hao Tung.

31. The Taiwan flag is sometimes referred to as the flag of the ROC.

32. To pronounce the name of the flag, use these words: “Zhonghua Minguo Guogi”

33. As China does not recognize Taiwan’s independence, the Taiwan flag is not allowed to be used during sporting events. The Taipei flag is replaced during these occasions.

34. The colours of the flag are symbolic of the three principles of the people of Taiwan. This is the political policy of making China free, prosperous, and powerful. These principles were developed by Sun Yat Sen, who is the father for the nation as regarded by China and Taiwan. The blue color stands for nationalism and liberty. The red color stands for livelihood and togetherness. The white color stands for democracy and equality.

5 Taiwan Facts for Kids

35. Kids are normally asked to learn math and a musical instrument at an early age.

36. There are about 23 million people who live in Taiwan. This is a small island country that is quite densely populated.

37. It takes roughly eight hours to drive around the whole island.

Interesting facts: Map of Taiwan
Map of Taiwan

38. Most people in Taiwan are Buddhist or Taoist. They love to draw upon the wisdom of nature.

39. Ninety six percent of adults in Taiwan can read.

Although Taiwan operates as an independent country, many countries (including the U.S.) do not officially recognize it as one. The People’s Republic of China considers Taiwan a breakaway province of China, and countries who wish to maintain diplomatic relations with China have had to sever their formal relations with Taiwan. (infoplease.com)

Quick/fast facts About Taiwan

Capital CityTaipei
(25°02′N 121°38′E)
Largest CityNew Taipei
(25°01′N 121°28′E)
Total area35,980 sq km
Population23,235,798 (2016)
Official LanguageMandarin
Land BordersIsland country
CurrencyNew Taiwan dollar (NT$) (TWD)
ReligionBuddhism, Taoism,
Yiguandao and
Life expectancy79.12 years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Terraineastern two-thirds mostly rugged mountains; flat to gently rolling plains in west
Natural resourcessmall deposits of coal, natural gas, limestone, marble, asbestos, arable land
Agricultural land22.7%
Birth rate8.47 births/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Death rate7.11 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Sex ratio0.99 male(s)/female (2015 est.)
Government typesemi-presidential republic
National symbolswhite, 12-rayed sun on blue field; national colors: blue, white, red
National anthem"Zhonghua Minguo guoge" (National Anthem of the Republic of China)
Exports$284.9 billion (2015 est.)
semiconductors, petrochemicals, automobile/auto parts, ships, wireless communication equipment, flat display displays, steel, electronics, plastics, computers
Imports$228.6 billion (2015 est.)
oil/petroleum, semiconductors, natural gas, coal, steel, computers, wireless communication equipment, automobiles, fine chemicals, textiles
GDP - per capita (PPP)$46,800 (2015 est.)
Time ZoneNational Standard Time (UTC+8)
Internet country code.tw
Internet users20.601 million
percent of population: 88% (July 2015 est.)
Calling Code+886
Drives on theRight