Things to Do in Taiwan in February

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In February, the winter is coming to an end in Taiwan, but the weather can still be quite changeable. Expect (mostly) warm sunny days in the south, yet don’t get too frustrated when occasional rain in the north keeps you penned indoors. That being said, always bring an umbrella when traveling to the north. As Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival both tend to fall in February depending on the year, culture buffs will be thrilled at the chance to travel in Taiwan during the month of Februaryfestive celebrations everywhere!

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Things to Do in Taiwan in January

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In Taiwan, the coldest time of the year starts in January. It can be cool and/or cloudy and most homes are not heated. Northerners shiver as the mercury hovers around 10°C, while the south usually doesn’t get too cold. However, winter jackets and gloves are still essential when you are out early in the morning or late at night. For most people out there, January is not the best time to be traveling weather-wise, but we are telling you: Winter is no less fun than summer in Taiwan. Read on and you’ll never have a boring winter day again!

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Things to Do in Taiwan in December

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Winter officially starts from December, but visitors to Taiwan in December can still enjoy most outdoor attractions as the weather stays mild. However, there is a very remarkable difference in temperature between day and night. Expect the unexpected, in today’s climatic chaos, and be prepared. As central heating is not a common way of life here, some might need to sleep in the tracking suit, bed cover plus sleeping bag (okay, that’s a bit exaggerated) so they won’t freeze. Unlike North America and Europe, winter months in Taiwan are anything but “sleeping” holidays. The activity level will be the same as ever. The island is very vibrant, full of festivity but still in working condition. Nothing is closed on Christmas day. Nothing. So put your mind at rest and enjoy your trip of a lifetime.

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Things to Do in Taiwan in November

With the mild weather and little rain, November is no doubt the best month to visit Taiwan. It is the low season when you get best discounts on accommodation at major tourist sights (up to 50%) yet the high season for hot-spring hotels. Even though the island doesn’t really experience snow (but anything is possible in these days of abnormal weather at abnormal times…), the weather can still be chilly, especially in the mountainous areas. If Taiwan’s subtropical climate scares you off, a visit in November will be a sheer delight.

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Things to Do in Taiwan in October

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October is no doubt the best time of the year for traveling around Taiwan. You get to avoid the huge crowd but still have fairly pleasant weather, cheaper prices and access to still-open attractions. It is also the best time to visit outer islands such as Penghu, Xiaoliuqiu and Lanyu. The northeast monsoon lasts about six months from October to late March and brings wet weather to the northeast side of the island, while central and southern regions stay relatively dry. In October, average low and high temperatures are 23 °C (74 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F), cooling a bit from the scorching summer heat, especially in the north. We have put together a Forrest Gump-type list of all the wonderful things to do in Taiwan in October. If you are already tempted by those good discounts on accommodation and flights, why not take a look at it?

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十七年前的今天 – 921大地震改變了台灣的觀光版圖

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1999年9月21日是大家共同的痛,凌晨1時47分15.9秒驚醒了許多睡夢中的台灣人,在維持102秒的芮氏規模7.3強震中,造成了2415人死亡、11305人受傷、超過十萬間房舍全倒或半倒,這是自二戰之後損傷最大的一次天災。隨後的電力設施、水利設備受到嚴重損害,台鐵西部幹線一度全面停駛,當時還是國中三年級的小編,清楚記得隔天的第一次聯考模擬考被迫延後,學校停課數天,從原本八樓的住處占移到住在眷村平房的外公家。忘了是因為水源過於污濁,或者水管根本破了,時間到了,村民們就必須提著水桶到眷村的活動中心前領水。在這往後的16年內,許多人事物都改變了,原本的地貌不認識了、平常開的路斷了、習以為常的建築也垮了。當我們緬懷這段感傷的過去時,讓roundTAIWANround帶大家全台早一遭,看看那些人事已非的景點。

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[日本] 日本如何讓台灣旅客這麼愛? PART V – 其實台灣也很精采!

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一趟十天的日本旅行,讓我們看到許多日本人對自己文化的驕傲交通便利對旅遊帶來的巨大好處在地美食吸引著周邊旅客不斷再訪貨幣貶值與退稅讓購物成為旅行的一大動力。而反觀台灣的旅遊環境,要如何在這全球最夯的產業裡脫穎而出?如何在資訊免費的年代,成為下一個旅客造訪的目的地?所以寫成了五篇日本vs台灣的旅遊心得,近兩萬字的篇幅也將在此來到最終篇,將三年多來我們從事台灣旅遊所觀察到的,與海外情況作個對照,希望能喚起一些在地的旅遊團隊,看到一些新的方向。

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[日本] 日本如何讓台灣旅客這麼愛? PART IV – Dyson比台灣便宜一萬塊

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光是去年,就有約三百萬台灣人造訪日本,可能因為距離近時間短、可能因為日圓持續貶值、也可能因為日本美食多、更有可能是因為日本現在買東西很便宜,但整體的旅遊經驗好壞不光只是這些。因為台灣被日本殖民統治五十年,現代化的建設與早期官員都深受日本影響,許多日本的觀光環境與措施值得我們學習,既然日本有能力每年持續吸引周邊國家造訪,那我們能不能讓台灣的入境旅客到達一千五百萬甚至兩千萬呢? Continue reading

[日本] 日本如何讓台灣旅客這麼愛? PART III – 製造車子的國家反而不開車

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日本汽車工業何其壯盛,光Toyota一家公司,2014年全球就賣超過980萬輛汽車,而全球十大車廠中,日本品牌就佔了四家,如果把各大日本汽車製造商與相關副牌算進來,也有超過15個汽車品牌。在一個如此密集與發達的汽車工業裡,都市裡的塞車情況沒有想像中嚴重,而日本擁有車輛的比例也比許多亞洲國家來的少,這就好像到了法國卻發現沒有人用LV、到了美國卻沒有人用Apple一樣詭異。於是乎roundTAIWANround的外派採訪團,除了透過敏銳的觀察外,也與在日本工作的台灣人以及當地日本人探訪,想知道其中的究竟。

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