Taiwan Flag

Taiwan Flag

 

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The Flag of Taiwan - Description of the Taiwan Flag
  • The description of the Taiwan Flag is as follows:
    • Red with a dark blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white sun with 12 triangular rays
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Taiwan flag represent theThree Principles of the People:
    • Blue represents democracy
    • Red represents nationalism
    • White represents people's livelihood
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Taiwan flag is described Canton reflecting the central design of the flag pattern
 

 
 
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Taiwan flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The left half of the flag ( viewer's left side ) is called the Hoist
  • The upper left quarter of the flag is called the Canton
  • The right half of the flag is called the Fly
  • The Meaning & History of the Taiwan Flag
    • The emblem on the Taiwan flag pictures a white sun with 12 triangular rays which symbolize the twelve months
    • The Taiwan flag was designed by Lu Hao-tung in 1895
  • It was adopted as the national flag on December 17, 1928
 

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
  • Increase your knowledge - Play the Flag Quiz
 
 
Terminology & Etiquette in Taiwan Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Taiwan flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Taiwan flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Taiwan flag to the top, then lowering the Taiwan Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Taiwan flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Taiwan flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Taiwan flag
  • The Taiwan flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Taiwan flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Taiwan flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Taiwan Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Taiwan Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource
 
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating anew flag
 
 
Taiwan Flag Etiquette
  • Taiwan Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Taiwan as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Taiwan
    • State Flag of Taiwan
    • Military Flag of Taiwan (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Taiwan
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Taiwan Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Taiwan should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Taiwan flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Taiwan should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Taiwan flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Taiwan, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
 

National Flags of the World Map

Taiwan

Location: Eastern Asia, islands bordering
the East China Sea, Philippine Sea,
South China Sea, and Taiwan
Strait, north of the Philippines,
off the south-eastern coast
of China

 
 

Taiwan

  • Land Size of Taiwan : 32,260 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Taiwan : tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year
  • Taiwan Population : 22,749,838 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : Formosa
  • Taiwan Capital City: Taipei
  • Taiwan GDP: $528.6 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries : electronics, petroleum refining, chemicals, textiles, iron and steel, machinery, cement, food processing
  • Agricultural products : rice, corn, vegetables, fruit, tea; pigs, poultry, beef, milk, fish
  • Taiwan Currency : new Taiwan dollar (TWD)
  • Main Colors of the Taiwan Flag : Red and blue
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Tiawan
 
Concise History of Taiwan & its Flag
  • 1544 The Portuguese Taiwan, and called it the beautiful island (Ilha Formosa)
  • 1624 The Dutch colonize the south of Formosa
  • 1626 The Spanish colonize northern Taiwan
  • 1683 The Manchus (Tartars) conquer Taiwan which becomes part of the Chinese empire
  • 1884 French forces lead by Admiral Coubert invade northern Taiwan
  • 1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan
  • 1939 - 1945: World War II Japan surrenders and China's Chiang Kai-shek appoints General Chen-Yi to take over Taiwan
  • 1946 90% of Japanese expelled from Taiwan
  • 1949 Chiang Kai-shek defeated in China and flee to Taiwan
  • 1975: Chiang Kai-shek dies and is suceeded by his son Chiang Ching-Kuo who ruled until 1988
 
 
The Taiwan Flag and Nation

We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding the Taiwan Flag and Country has provided a useful educational resource. To improve your knowledge of Flags and Vexillology still further check out the Flags and Nations Index and test your knowledge with our interactive, multi-choice, picture-based Flag Trivia Quiz Game.

 

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