Things to Do in Taiwan in May

May is always a good time to visit Taiwan before the summer as most typhoons hit the country from June to September. It can still be quite hot and humid though. Expect drizzle and be prepared for that, but don’t worry about heavy storms. T-shirts and raincoats are key items. Jackets are necessary if you’re planning to go up into the mountains. Now that you know what exactly to pack for Taiwan in May, don’t you want to plan a bit for your trip of a lifetime? Read on and find out what you can do during your visit to Taiwan in May!

Hehuan East Peak

Every May, the sight of azaleas blooming up on Hehuan East Peak (合歡東峰) serves as a sign that spring is here. Hordes of hikers and tourists flood here to appreciate these bunches of red, white and pink gems – for sure it is a scene that flower lovers should not miss out on.
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Taipingshan

Only three hours’ drive from Hehuan East Peak, Taipingshan (太平山) with an average altitude of 2,000 meters is home to the largest alpine lake in Taiwan. Wake up early and grab your jacket to see the golden hued rays of sunrise break over the mountains and skip over the lake. If you’re lucky enough, a vast sea of clouds might even spread out right before you.
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Sleepless at Caoshan

May is hot and humid with a good chance of rain, but night temperatures are starting to cool off. Many lovebirds drive up to Yangmingshan and dine at Sleepless at Caoshan (草山夜未眠) to be treated one of the best night views of Taipei. While you snack on deep-fried foods, the surroundings will be soaked in soft ambient lights, giving you a dreamy dazzling view to be remembered.
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Qingtiangang

Located in the outskirts of Taipei, Yangmingshan National Park can be one of the favorite spots of urban dwellers who suffer from “nature deprivation.” As the backyard of Taipei, Yangmingshan is a child-friendly place as kids are allowed to explore the vast grassland of Qingtiangang (擎天崗) and interact closely with the cattle. It’s also a nice location to have a family picnic or to just sit back and enjoy the surrounding lushness.
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Xiaoyoukeng

Within Yangmingshan National Park, you’ll also find Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑) that boasts volcanic landforms as its main types of geological heritages. It is a huge volcanic fumarole spewing out piping hot steam and sulfurous gases. If you smell the sulfur, it means that you are in the right place!
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Zhongshan Building

Zhongshan Building (中山樓) is a lesser-known spot on Yangmingshan, but it’s that grand architecture printed on the back of a Taiwanese 100-dollar note. It’s also where the parliament’s committees, political groups and other organs used to mainly meet. If you have some time to spare during your trip in May, why not swing by for a quick look?
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Dalongdong Baoan Temple

Venerating Baosheng Emperor (保生大帝) as its main deity, Dalongdong Baoan Temple (大龍峒保安宮) celebrates his birthday usually between April and June with spectacular parades, cultural performances and religious rituals. This festive event is known as Bao-Sheng Cultural Festival (保生文化聚) and can last up to three months.
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Taipei 101 Run-Up Competition

As you all know that Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010, and many of you might have visited the observatory. That’s grand, but have you ever thought of running all the way up to the top of this world-renowned skyscraper step by step? Every May, you have a chance to compete with stair racers from all over the world and run up 2,046 steps over 91 floors to the 390-meter-high finish line.

*2020 TAIPEI 101 RUN UP will be postponed. The rescheduled date will be confirmed soon.
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Pingtung Bluefin Tuna Cultural Festival

Also known as black tuna in Taiwan, bluefin tuna is a highly valuable fish and the fattiest of any tuna species, leading to its sheer popularity as a coveted sushi fish. During the Bluefin Tuna Cultural Festival between May and June, visitors get to enjoy the tantalizing bluefin tuna, and every seafood restaurant in the Donggang Township of Pingtung will serve up the freshest catch of the day.
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Sky Biking Path

The sheer popularity of cycling in recent years has given birth to many cycle paths all around Taiwan, and the most stunning and highest one is located in Miaoli and known as Sky Biking Trail. While celebrating the joy of cycling, you’ll delight the senses with an adventure that combines nature and exploration. In May, the trail is literally drenched in white tung flowers, giving a romantic touch to the ride.
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