Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Taiwan is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 12 or 13 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Standard Time depending on the time of year, because Taiwan does not practice daylight savings time.
In general, business hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm for office workers and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for factory workers, with a one-hour lunch break. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm without a lunch break. Most shops and retail stores are open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Restaurants generally run from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
There are four major national holidays and four major festivals celebrated in Taiwan during which corporate and government offices are closed. Dates for the four festivals – Chinese Lunar New Year, Tomb-Sweeping Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival – are based on the lunar calendar and may vary each year.
|Holidays||Dates in 2018|
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Chinese Lunar New Year||February 15-20|
|Peace Memorial Day||February 28|
|Children’s Day and Tomb-Sweeping Day||April 4-6|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 18|
|Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival||September 24|
|Double Tenth/National Day||October 10|