When is the Best Time to Visit Taiwan?

BEST TIME TO VISIT TAIWAN

Taiwan is an amazing travel destination offering tons of fun filled activities for every visitor. The country features a subtropical climate which makes it a challenging travel destination to plan for. Taiwan enjoys friendly, warm weather throughout the year. So what is the best time to visit Taiwan? During spring and winter month, the weather becomes unstable while the weather conditions during summers and autumns is relatively stable. While it’s warm all year round, the weather can become cloudy almost any time of the year. From March to May, the weather gets hot and humid while from June to September, typhoon hits the country.

Best Time Of the year to visit

Are you looking for the best time to visit Taiwan? Do you want to know the best time to experience good sunshine and warm weather? However, if you are looking to get the most of your trip to Taiwan, then you should consider visiting any of these periods depending on your choice of activities.

Winter

Snow in Taipei (Jan 2016)

Snow in Taipei (Jan 2016)

Winter starts from December, but the weather is generally mild, with average low and high temperatures of 13 °C (55 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F). During winter, the weather is usually pleasant and warm but you’re advised to bring an umbrella. The streets are usually beautifully decorated for the Chinese New year, which takes place in late January or early February. It is a perfect time to also enjoy lovely skiing scenery in the Yushan Mountain, Taiwan’s second tallest mountains, and immerse yourself in the forest trees while inhaling the pure and fresh air that blows across the beautiful country. Visit the Ximending Night Market in Taipei to enjoy well-prepared Chinese and Japanese cuisine. See the New Year’s Eve event which attracts people from different parts of the world annually to come watch the spectacular midnight fireworks, and hear the concerts.

Spring

合欢山 - Hé Huān Shān (He Huan Shan)

合欢山 – Hé Huān Shān (He Huan Shan)

Spring is from March to May with average high temperatures average about 25 degrees Celsius or 78 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the best times of the year to go to Taiwan is spring. During this period, the weather is dry and less humid, and you can also expect to see clear skies at this time of the year. The weather is quite warm, but not as hot in comparison to the summer months.

Locals in Taiwan celebrate the birthday of the goddess Mazu, which is considered one of Taiwan’s largest festivals. Therefore, if you are looking for the best time to visit Taiwan, plan your trip during Spring. Known as the Chinese patron goddess of the sea, Mazu is mostly worshipped by fishermen praying for a safe trip while on their ocean tour and a bountiful catch on their return. Taichung is the best place to experience the grandest celebration of Mazu’s birthday.

The celebration attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from different parts of the world. One of the highlights of the event is the parade where an image of Mazu is taken from the Chenlan Temple in Taiwan to different participating temples in mainland China. The event also features other incredible activities including incense burning, dragon dances and plenty of food. If you are planning on visiting Taichung city for your next vacation, make sure your trip coincides with the celebration of Mazu’s birthday. This is one of the best time of the year to explore the city and also learn more about its rich historical past. Taichung is regarded as the most attractive city in Taiwan. Other places worth visiting include the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the tea houses where you can have a feel of the rich tea culture in Taiwan

Summer

佳樂水風景區 - Jiā Yào Shuǐ Fēng Jǐng Qū (Jia Le Shui Scenic Area)

佳樂水風景區 – Jiā Yào Shuǐ Fēng Jǐng Qū (Jia Le Shui Scenic Area)

Summer is from June to August. It is usually hot and humid, and there are occasional thunderstorms and typhoons. The average temperature in summer is about 30 °C (86 °F). For being a subtropical island, Taiwan has a fine weather all year round, making it an incredible place to visit regardless of the season. Summer is a perfect time to head for the beaches and soak up the sun in Taiwan.

One of the favorite tourist highlight is the Taipei International Information Technology Show which takes place in June. It is the largest IT show in Asia and the second largest in the world. There is no better time of the year to also explore the amazing underwater world in Taiwan than summer. The country is home to over 300 types of coral. Visit the Coral Reefs of Kending and enjoy plenty of fun filled activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and surfing. Other activities include kayaking and exploring the national park’s hinterland on tours. There are also several festivals during this time, including the Yilan’s Children Festival, a grand party for the young at heart; and the Taiwan Food Festival, which takes place in Taipei each August.

Autumn

車埕車站 - Chē Chéng Chē Zhàn (Che Cheng Train Station)

車埕車站 – Chē Chéng Chē Zhàn (Che Cheng Train Station)

Autumn is from September to November. The weather is cooler but still warm and sunny, and October and November have relatively less rainfall, and it is still warm. During autumn, the country’s weather can be chilly, especially places with close proximity to the mountains. Although, the rainfall is minimal in Taiwan. There are plenty of places worth visiting in the country.

However, the best place to visit at this time of the year is Taipei, the nation’s capital. Here you’ll experience an eclectic mix of ancient and modern culture as well as its rich history. One of the best places to visit during your next Taiwan trip is the National Palace Museum. The museum houses some of the most significant Chinese artwork, and artifacts dating as far back as 5000 years. These amazing collections of artworks were carted from Beijing by Chiang Kai-shek in order to protect these items from getting badly affected during the Chinese Civil War of the 1940s.

Another interesting place that should not be missed in Taipei is the Mengjia Long Shan Temple. If you’d like to learn more about the religious customs in Taiwan, this temple is the best place to be. Your trip to Taipei will be considered incomplete without Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. This is one of the most visited attractions in the country and offers incredible views of Taipei from its numerous observation decks.

Asides Taipei, there are other attractions worth visiting in autumn, including Yangmingshang National Park, which is located on the northern part of the country and features volcanoes, hot springs and amazing hiking trails. You can also visit the Mount Qixing, renowned for being the park’s highest point or go hiking and check out the beautiful fall leaves and autumn flowers. The southern part of Taipei is the valley of Maokong, which offers some of the best romantic views, thus, making it a perfect vacation spot for couples.

Shopping in Taiwan

五分埔 - Wǔ Fēn Bù (Wu Fen Bu)

五分埔 – Wǔ Fēn Bù (Wu Fen Bu)

Taiwan welcomes hundreds of thousands of Shopaholics annually because it boasts plenty of shopping opportunities. Shopping in Taiwan is one of the activities that can be done all year round. However, there are several great shopping centers in Taiwan, including Shilin Night Market, one of the largest markets in Taiwan featuring hundreds of stores, food stalls and restaurants; Taipei 101 Mall, a massive modern mall with plenty of department stores; and Zhong xiao E. Road, which houses plenty of department stores selling popular international brands

 

When to see Sakura Season in Taiwan?

陽明山國家公園 – Yáng Míng Shān Guó Jiā Gōng Yuán (Yang Ming Shan National Park)

陽明山國家公園 – Yáng Míng Shān Guó Jiā Gōng Yuán (Yang Ming Shan National Park)

Taiwan is one of the best places in the world to experience the picturesque cherry trees in bloom. However, the best time of the year to see Sakura in each region varies annually due to weather conditions. The best time of the year to see Sakura Season is during spring from January to April. If you’re in Taipei, the capital city, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is probably your best bet.