Things to Do in Taiwan in September

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In Taiwan, the sweltering hot summer is officially over in September when the breezy autumn becomes our mate. The humidity can still be outrageous though, but the southwest monsoon (associated with typhoons) ends in late September. As kids return to school in early September, attraction sites are a lot less hectic after the summer vacation, which means September is a good time of the year to travel around Taiwan without being bombarded by heavy traffic jams and huge crowds. Traveling in shoulder also get you a far nicer hotel room at a lower price if you know what to look for. Just because it’s autumn in Taiwan doesn’t mean your stay would be chilly and full of rain. Weather is still fair, sun is still bright, and the notorious subtropical heat is still here but way less intimidating. Tempting enough? Check out some of the cool things to do in Taiwan to have a blast in September!

Hehuanshan

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Whether you’re a novice walker or a seasonal hiker, Hehuanshan is always a delight. It only takes a three-hour drive from the downtown to reach Wuling, a mountain at an altitude of 3,275 meters. Another hour of hiking brings visitors to one of the 100 Mountains of Taiwan (all over 3,000 meters above sea level) — Hehuan Main Peak, where clouds gather on the ridges. September is said to be the best time of the year to view the magnificent sea of clouds when the sun comes up and goes down.
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Taipei Confucius Temple

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Even though 2,500 years have passed since Confucius walked this earth, his influence on Chinese society, education, and governance is ever present. The memorial ceremony for the world’s most famous teacher is held annually on September 28th (Teacher’s Day in Taiwan) at Taipei Confucius Temple and provides one of the best opportunities to understand his teachings and legacy.
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Gin Chan Coffee Bean’s Roasting House

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By September, the grain heads are mature and ready to be harvested. If you’re looking for something unique and tranquil, make your way to the rustic county of Changhua in central Taiwan. With a decent cup of coffee in your hand, sitting in the middle of the golden paddy fields waving with breeze and clouds moving over…can you think of anything more relaxing than this?
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Wanggong Fishing Port

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Although Changhua is a less obvious tourist destination, it is a pleasant surprise to many of its visitors. Take Wanggong Fishing Port as an example. It is thriving with a vibrant oyster farming industry, and visitors will have an opportunity to experience themselves how to harvest oysters from beds by hand. Seafood restaurants serving delicious fresh catches are abundant here in case you’re craving for some tasty goodness. Traveling as a couple? The beautiful sunset over the ocean is unbeatable.
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Taiwan Glass Gallery & Glass Temple

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Have we already mentioned that the county of Changhua is a surprise itself? Something like the world’s one and only glass temple? Except for the pillars, everything in this one-of-a-kind temple is made of pure glass, from palanquins to statues and offerings. When the night falls, colored lighting shrouds the temple and creates a stunning scene to be remembered.
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Lukang Mazu Temple

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The Lukang Township of Changhua is a historic little town in central Taiwan, and the Lukang Mazu Temple dedicated to the sea goddess with detailed stone sculptures and elaborate wood decorations is almost like a folk arts museum. It allows visitors to get a glimpse of Taiwan’s vibrant folk faith as well as its unique temple arts and architecture.
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Changhua Railway Roundhouse

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There are four railway roundhouses that are still in use in the world: one in the USA, two in Mexico, and one in Changhua. Surprise, I told you. If you’re a railway buff, the roundhouse is very well worth a visit as it allows to you witness how locomotives are stored in the old fashioned way. How many more surprises will there be in Changhua, you ask? Well, that’s for you to find out.
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Yansan Night Market

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We understand that every guidebook tells you that a trip to Taipei wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Shilin Night Market, but deep down we all know it’s a trap. Since September is the shoulder season in Taiwan, why not make your travel a bit more exciting by going a bit more local? It means that you need to follow the local crowds and eat like one of them, but how? Yansan Night Market is the way out.
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Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival

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You all heard of the famous, unrivaled Sun Moon Lake, but very few of you get to swim in this largest freshwater lake in Taiwan. The annual international swimming competition takes place in September. As long as you’re aged 10 or over, in good health and able to swim long distances (let’s say, 3,000 meters), you’re more than welcome to join this carnival in the water!
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Mid-Autumn Festival = Barbecue Party

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Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival) used to be all about pomelos, moon cakes and moon watching, but it’s been quite some time that the barbecue get-together has become a popular affair for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company on this day of the year. However, for the sake of environmental protection, local governments have announced a ban on outdoor grilling to crack down the trend. Now, our spidey-senses can smell your disappointment all the way from here. Don’t worry, my friend. If you want to have a local taste of the Moon Festival while you’re visiting, here are some of the best barbecue restaurants in Taiwan for you to explore:

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