This year, Taiwan celebrates its 109th birthday as its official name “Republic of China”, there are differences between Taiwan and Thailand including their history. National Day of Taiwan, also known as “Double Tenth Day”, is to commemorate a significant event – Wuchang Uprising, that led Republic of China’s formation in October 10, 1911. The Wuchang Uprising led to the Xinhai Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. The Republic of China (ROC) is older than the People’s Republic of China, which is established in October 1, 1949.
You might be confused between “Republic of China” and “People Republic of China”, why there’re two “China”?
Republic of China (ROC), now commonly known as “Taiwan” but originally as “China” when it controlled mainland China during 1912 to 1949. The Diplomat: While the KMT military defended China against Japan during WWII, the CCP built up strength for the civil war.The government of Republic of China, the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT), retreated to the island of Taiwan when they lost the Chinese Civil War in mainland China in 1949. Since the end of 1949, the Republic of China lost control of mainland China and controlled only Taiwan and some nearby island groups. In the meanwhile, the Republic of China also lost its status as representing the title of “China” in the United Nations in 1971.
People’s Republic of China (PRC), commonly known as “China”, which established in 1949 after winning the Chinese Civil War as the Communist Party of China (CPC), and has controlled mainland since then.
Activities to participate in the celebration on Taiwanese Double Ten Day
In Taiwan, Double Ten Day begins with a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Building in the morning. After the flag is raised, the National Anthem of the Republic of China is sung. (The National Anthem of the Republic of China cannot be sung during international occasions such as Olympic games, when Taiwanese athletes win a medal, National Flag Anthem will be played instead.)
The main celebration is the parade taking place in front of the presidential palace, with tens of thousands of audience dying to see the performances. The parade also includes displays of military vehicles such as tanks and armored personnel carriers. The air force always catches people’s eyes with its jets stunts show across the sky.
After all the tight schedule of the ceremony, the celebration concludes with fireworks displays. Taipei City, where president building located in, is not the only place to admire the fireworks, you can also see them in other city halls in Taiwan. (Taiwan Presidential Building is a historically Japanese-style building, usually be included in tourists’ itinerary of Taipei private tour.)
Double Tenth Day is actually holiday in Taiwan. Having a day off you can plan yourself a Taiwan tour! Joining the flag rising ceremony is the best to start your Taipei day tour or a Taiwan family trip with your kids.