Best time to visit Taiwan

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Best time of year to visit Taiwan

The best time to visit Taiwan runs from late winter to early spring. The mild weather of March is perfect for witnessing how Taiwan comes to life with tree blossoms. Humid summer and early autumn are all about beach and diving as well as about different tropical fruits. And you shouldn't miss the period from September through November as it's the ideal time for hiking. Then, winter season still has fantastic hot springs for you to consider. As for surfing, you can try it on a different coast in a given season, so it is a year-round activity.

10 THINGS TO DO IN TAIWAN (MARCH 24 - APRIL 02)

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

March–April • nature

Cherry blossom festivities in Taiwan attract about 50,000 tourists every year

Yangmingshan Flower Season

Yangmingshan Flower Season

January–March • nature

Sakura, azalea, camellia, wild peony, peach blossoms, and much more cover the Yangmingshan National Park with picturesque beauty

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

November–March • activity

The relaxing power of thermal hot springs is the main attraction during autumn and winter in Taiwan

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Dolphin and Whale Watching

April–November • activity

Dolphin and whale watching is a great water activity in Taiwan with the best place for it being on the east coast

Guava

Guava

November–March • food

If you are a fan of Guava you are in luck because Taiwan is home to the best guava in the world!

Calla Lily Festival

Calla Lily Festival

late March–early April • nature

About 45 calla lily farms, occupying more than 13 hectares, are open to visitors for blooming season in March or April

Paragliding

Paragliding

September–March • activity

Paragliding is a breathtaking experience. Solo or tandem flights are possible in Taiwan with special safety measures

Winter Foods

Winter Foods

November–March • food

Winter Taiwanese cuisine that keeps the body warm and healthy

Loquat

Loquat

March–May • food

Indigenous to southeastern Asia the loquat is now popular all over the world and for good reason

East Coast Surfing

East Coast Surfing

November–April • activity

Taiwan is home to incredible waves. It is one of the latest and the best surfing venues

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

February 08, 2020 • event

An unforgettable Taiwanese tradition in which thousands of bright lanterns light up the Pingxi sky!

Taiwan Balloon Festival

Taiwan Balloon Festival

June 27–August 16, 2020 • event

A great chance to experience a flight in a hot air balloon or just watch as hundreds of colourful balloons take to the sky

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival

February 07–08, 2020 • event

During the Beehive Festival in the Yanshui District, thousands of soaring firecrackers are launched into the crowd making for a truly unique experience!

Wang Yeh Boat Burning Festival

Wang Yeh Boat Burning Festival

October 2021 (TBA) • event

Become a part of the traditional ceremony of ship burning

Penghu Fireworks Festival

Penghu Fireworks Festival

April 20–June 25, 2020 (to be confirmed) • event

The Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival is one of the most attractive summer events in Taiwan

Ear-Shooting Festival (Mala-Ta-Ngia) of Bunun Tribe

Ear-Shooting Festival (Mala-Ta-Ngia) of Bunun Tribe

late April-early May • event

Feel the spirit of the Bunon tribe during an interesting aboriginal ritual

Fulong Sand Sculpture Festival

Fulong Sand Sculpture Festival

April 19–August 25, 2019 • event

Fulong beach, a 3 km stretch of golden sand, has been recognized as the best place in Taiwan for sand sculpting

Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival

Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival

September 01, 2019 • event

The Sun Moon Lake swimming competition held annually since 1983 attracts participants from Taiwan and abroad

Hiking

Hiking

September–November • activity

Hiking in Taiwan offers everything: from hot, sub-tropical jungle at lower elevations to snow-capped peaks in the winter months. Yet, the best time for hiking is autumn

Daylily Blossom

Daylily Blossom

August–September • nature

Daylily blossom season includes thousands of hectares of golden flowers

Ta Shee Blooming Oasis

Ta Shee Blooming Oasis

May–June • nature

Late spring bursts in the beautiful park with all kinds of colorful flowers

HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival

HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival

August 30–September 01, 2019 • event

An annual rock festival at Fulong Beach will give you some insight into the local Taiwanese rock scene

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 24–February 08, 2020 • event

Lanterns, firecrackers and fireworks are everywhere during the most awaited holiday in Taiwan

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–October • activity

Beaches in Taiwan are varied, from white and golden sand to black

Taiwan Open of Surfing

Taiwan Open of Surfing

November 21–24, 2020 (to be confirmed) • event

Taiwan's surfers' competition is a spectacular and exciting event for both surfers and non-sufers alike

Taichung City Mazu International Festival

Taichung City Mazu International Festival

April 13–22, 2018 • event

This 300-kilometre pilgrimage festival lasts nine days and is famous for free food and fun activities

Mango

Mango

June–August • food

Mango is the most popular and delicious fruit to enjoy from late spring to summer in Taiwan

Taroko Gorge Marathon

Taroko Gorge Marathon

November 02, 2019 • event

An annual event that attracts runners with its magnificent views and gruelling competition

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

June–August • food

If you're looking to try something new and exotic there's no better choice than a dragonfruit!

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

October 01, 2020 • event

Full moon, mooncakes, and public BBQs—the most famous features of the harvest festival in Taiwan

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

June–December • food

Fragrant and tasty passion fruit is readily available in Taiwan

Yellow Watermelon

Yellow Watermelon

June–August • food

If you haven't had it yet it's time to try a yellow watermelon!

Tainan Baihe Lotus Season

Tainan Baihe Lotus Season

June–September • nature

With 400 hectares covered with this beautiful and symbolic plant, this town has been given the name "Lotus Country"

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

July–October • activity

Сolourful fish and abundant coral reefs make underwater activities great in Taiwan!

Litchi

Litchi

June–July • food

Try some of the many varieties of the litchi fruit available in Taiwan

Taipei Marathon

Taipei Marathon

December 15, 2019 • event

Taipei Marathon—this grand running event with more than 100,000 energetic participants is a fun event for both participants and spectators alike

Taro Dishes and Bamboo Shoot Harvest

Taro Dishes and Bamboo Shoot Harvest

July–September • food

Enjoy the season of sweet bamboo and taro dishes

Durian

Durian

June–August • food

This unusual and exotic fruit is perfect for desserts but beware the smell!

Papaya

Papaya

August–October • food

Tropical papaya is typically eaten as an accompaniment with many traditional dishes

South Coast Surfing

South Coast Surfing

July–October • activity

Once you've had the best of East Coast, head South

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January is the coldest time in Taiwan, but the weather is quite moderate and pleasant. On some afternoons, temperatures can reach a pleasant 16 °C (61 °F). It is also the time of plum blossoms - the first sign of nature awakening. In the north of the country, January is usually cloudy and windy. But in Taipei, the temperature rarely drops below 10°C (50°F). Fog and rain are common. Sunshine is rare. There are just three hours of sun at this time. And don’t forget to pack an umbrella to be ready for 14 rainy days in January. In Kaohsiung, in the south, the weather is mostly sunny and warm. Even in January, daily high temperatures rarely drop below 20°C (68°F). You will not need warm clothes in south Taiwan in January. To visit the northern part pack a light jacket and a sweater. In the mountains, it might be cold and snowing so take an insulated jacket and shoes. default description
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February is cloudy and damp throughout most of Taiwan, except for the south where it’s sunny, warm, and most pleasant. Even in the north, the temperature is quite moderate rarely falling below 10 °C (50 °F). Cloud cover and the lack of sun that only shows up for about 2.5 hours a day is the major problem of February in Taipei. The average humidity is quite high, and most mornings are rather foggy. Be ready for more frequent rains for 15 days this month. Mountains are usually colder than the lowlands, and temperature there can drop to freezing. In Kaohsiung, temperatures increase by 1°C in February and stay pleasantly warm, rarely dropping below 20°C (68°F). If you plan to visit Taiwan in February, pack some layers, a sweater and a light coat. Water-proof gear will come handy in Taipei and northern areas where rainfall occurs more often.
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March is a very pleasant month in Taiwan bringing more sunshine and warmth. Visitors can enjoy the blooms and relatively dry weather during this month. The temperature stays moderate and comfortable for any kind of outdoor activity including sightseeing, hiking or cycling. Taipei is mostly warm with temperatures rarely dropping below 16°C (60°F). However, cold waves from Siberia still may occur during this month. The skies are still overcast in March, there are just about three hours of sunshine per day. Rain is also typical for March in Taipei. There are 16 rainy days during this month so don’t forget an umbrella. However, most rains are light and short. In Kaohsiung, March is significantly warmer than in Taipei. On some days the temperature rises to 28°C(82°F). It’s so warm that you won’t need a coat or a jacket during the day. You might want to pack a sweater for early mornings and nights though.
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The weather in Taiwan takes the turn to worse in April. While the temperatures are perfectly moderate and warm, the rainfall increases considerably in the second half of the month. While early April is still a good time to visit, during the second half you may experience constant drizzle and overcast skies both in the north and the south. Taipei City warms up to 25°C (78.°F) in April, and you can witness lush nature and beautiful blooms during this month. On the negative side, there are just three hours of sunshine per day and regular pre-monsoon showers. The sea near Taipei warms up to 22°C (72°F) in April. In the south, it’s a little warmer than in the north, and rainfall increases dramatically. The sun is gone, and the skies are mostly cloudy. Pack some waterproof clothes for your trip to Taiwan in April. If you plan to go to the mountains take some warmer clothes. Mosquito repellant is also a good idea since their number increases with monsoon arrival.
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Days get warmer and wetter in May due to the arrival of monsoon. Afternoon thunderstorms are frequent. Rainfall tends to be heavier in the south, while in the north some sightseeing is possible between the rains. In Taipei, the temperatures are staying in the 20s Celsius or 70s Fahrenheit. However, the skies remain overcast. Humidity is also quite high. It’s a good time to visit gardens and parks to admire lush nature during the wet season. Cyclone season also arrives in Taiwan in May with strong winds and rough seas. In the southern areas like Kaohsiung, the temperature reaches 30 °C (86 °F). The rainfall is more intense, and skies are mostly cloudy. Pack your rain gear if you want to visit Taiwan in May.
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Hot and wet summer arrives in Taiwan. In the north, the temperatures are milder staying in the 20s Celsius (70s Fahrenheit). While in the south, it’s more hot with temperatures in 30s °C (80s °F). In Taipei, there are 14 rainy days with heavy rains, downpours, and thunderstorms. Typhoons may occur in the coastal city. The skies are overcast, there are just 4 hours of sunshine. Storms also can hit the southern part of Taiwan. It is very hot, and there are many mosquitos. Rainfall is heavier in the south than in the north. In Kaohsiung, it’s sweating hot and humid.
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July is the hottest month of the year in Taipei and the second hottest in Taiwan. It has high temperatures and humidity due to south-western monsoon. Frequent afternoon thunderstorms, typhoons, and storms occur during this month. The temperature rises to 35 °C (95 °F) becoming unbearable. In Taipei, it’s hot and rainy. However, this month brings improvement in terms of sunshine. There are about six hours of sunshine per day. Sunny periods are perfect for visiting a beach or a waterpark. Since the sea warms up to 27°C (81°F), swimming is very enjoyable. The heat is even worse in the south. There are also a lot of mosquitos so bring some mosquito repellents, rain gear, and light breathable clothes.
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August marks the peak of monsoon season in Taiwan. It is also the hottest month here. The temperature rarely drops below 28 °C (82 °F). There are frequent thunderstorms in the afternoons and occasionally sea storms and typhoons. In Taipei, August is the sunniest month so it’s a good idea to head to the beach. Rains are possible for 14 days this month, but it’s possible to squeeze in some sightseeing and activities in between downpours. August is the second wettest month in Taipei. In the south, the weather is hot and humid, but the skies stay overcast. Temperatures often stay in 30s Celsius or 80s Fahrenheit. Pack some mosquito repellants, rain gear, and breathable clothes for hot sticky days.
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September brings some relief in terms of temperatures but no relief from the rain. As fall begins, it’s still really hot in the southern areas, while the north sees the peak precipitation levels. In Taipei, the temperatures start to fall to the comfortable 25°C (77°F), but on some days it may still be sweating hot. Humidity is rather high. Storms and typhoons may cause nasty consequences. However, there are five hours of sunshine daily in Taipei in September, so visitors can also take advantage of the beaches. In the south, September is as hot as the summer months. The rainfall decreases towards the end of the month.
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October is one of the best times to visit Taiwan due to pleasant temperatures and relatively dry weather. The air is cooling down in the north bringing long-awaited relief and comfort. In the south, the temperatures also drop slightly, but it may still be rather hot. In Taipei, the rainfall decreases considerably in October, but the skies are mostly cloudy. There are about 4 hours of daily sunshine. The weather gets mild and stable as the dry season starts. In the south, you may still experience really hot weather, but it rains much less than in the previous month. Overall, it’s a pleasant time to visit south Taiwan.
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The temperature drops further in November. Dry and moderate weather dominates during this month. It can still be about 26 °C (80 °F) during the day. November is one of the most suitable times of the year to visit Taiwan in terms of weather. Dry season brings colder temperatures to Taipei during the night. Unfortunately, the skies are mostly overcast. There are about 3 hours of daily sunlight. Seawater temperature is still about 22°C (72°F), and it’s a good time to visit the beach. You can still wear summer clothes in Taiwan in October, but if you plan to go to the mountains, bring a warmer jacket.
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The first month of winter is the driest in Taipei. December weather is mild and comfortable with temperatures rarely dropping below 13 °C (55 °F). There can be occasional showers, but overall it’s a very good time to visit Taiwan. In Taipei, nights can get very cold in December. The skies are overcast, fog is typical in the mornings. The sunshine lasts for less than 3 hours. In the south, the temperature rarely drops below 20 °C or 68 °F. It’s warm and dry, perfect weather for different outdoor activities.