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Time in Taiwan

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National Standard Time Chinese: 國家標準時間; pinyin: Guójiā Biāozhǔn Shíjiān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kok-ka Piau-chún Sî-kan, see below is the official time zone in Taiwan Republic of China defined by an UTC offset of +08:00 This standard is also known as Taiwan Time 臺灣時間, Taipei Time 臺北時間 and historically as Chungyuan Standard Time 中原標準時間 until the early 2000s 1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Present development
  • 3 IANA time zone database
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


History of time standard in Taiwan
Date Name Character Romanization Time offset
Jan 1, 1896 – Sep 30, 1937 Western Standard Time 西部標準時 Seibu Hyōjunji UTC+08:00
Oct 1, 1937 – Sep 20, 1945 Central Standard Time 中央標準時 Chūō Hyōjunji UTC+09:00
Sep 21, 1945 – Oct 25, 1945 Western Standard Time 西部標準時 Seibu Hyōjunji UTC+08:00
Oct 25, 1945 – Early 2000s Chungyuan Standard Time 中原標準時間 Zhōngyuán Biāozhǔn Shíjiān UTC+08:00
From the 2000s National Standard Time 國家標準時間 Guójiā Biāozhǔn Shíjiān UTC+08:00

The first time zone standard in Taiwan was enforced in January 1, 1896, the second year of Taiwan under Japanese rule The standard is called Western Standard Time 西部標準時 with time offset of UTC+08:00, based on 120°E longitude In October 1, 1937, the Western Standard Time zone is abolished and the Central Standard Time 中央標準時, with time offset of UTC+09:00, was enforced in the entire country of Japan including Taiwan This time was used until the end of the Second World War In September 21, 1945, the Governor-General of Taiwan announced to revoke the order in 19372

After the war's end, Taiwan was annexed to the five time zones system of the Republic of China and was classified in the Chungyuan Standard Time 中原標準時間 with time offset of UTC+08:00 After the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the Central Government of the Republic of China retreated to Taiwan and lost nearly all the territory of mainland China From this time, the five time zones system was no longer implemented except Chungyuan Standard Time on Taiwan After the 1990s, the democratization movement brought more localization thinking in Taiwan The term Chungyuan Zhongyuan, which means the Central Plain of China, is considered as Sinocentrism Thus the government on Taiwan now favors the term National Standard Time 國家標準時間 as official use Along with the governmental standard, popular alternatives include Taiwan Standard Time 臺灣標準時間, Taipei Time 臺北時間, Formosan Time 寶島時間, and Current Time" 現在時間

Daylight saving time was implemented in Taiwan after the Second World War on the summer of 1946–1961, 1974, 1975, 1979 3

Present developmentedit

National Standard Time is now managed by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection BSMI under the Ministry of Economic Affairs4 The time is released according to the caesium atomic clocks aggregated by National Standard Time and Frequency Laboratory under Chunghwa Telecom after consulting the data provided by Bureau International des Poids et Measures56

National Standard Time used in Taiwan is also the same as Brunei, PRChina including Hong Kong and Macau, Malaysia and Singapore

IANA time zone databaseedit

The IANA time zone database contains one zone for Taiwan, named Asia/Taipei

cc coordinates TZ comments Standard time Summer time
TW +2503+12130 Asia/Taipei tUTC+08:00

See alsoedit

  • Time in China
  • Time in Japan
  • Historical time zones of China


  1. ^ 仝澤蓉 2005-01-12 標準局:沒有「中原」標準時間 in Chinese Archived from the original on December 5, 2005 Retrieved December 12, 2016 
  2. ^ wikisource:ja:臺灣ノ標準時ニ關スル件 昭和二十年台湾総督府告示第三百八十六号
  3. ^ Yu-Cheng Chuang Jul 11, 2014 台灣日光節約時間之考據 https://blogyorkxinorg/posts/2014/07/11/dst-in-taiwan-study/
  4. ^ "National Standard Time and Frequency Laboratory" in Chinese Archived from the original on 31 December 2005 Retrieved 9 January 2006 
  5. ^ Calvin Lin November 1998 時間網站 - 秒的由來 in Chinese Retrieved 9 January 2006 
  6. ^ "National Standard Time and Frequency Laboratory - History and Introduction" in Chinese Retrieved 9 January 2006 

External linksedit

  • Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Republic of China
  • National Standard Time and Frequency Laboratory

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