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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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!

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Things to Do in Taiwan in August

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August is a festive month in Taiwan, both in this world and the afterworld. There are an array of events dedicated to Mother Nature as well as hungry ghosts, where convivial festivities and sombre celebrations can be expected all around the island. It is also the “ghost month.” Wandering spirits are believed to search for substitutes — you or me — to take their places in hell and entice the living into water, to drown, so tourism takes a hit as locals avoid the beach. The high temperatures and frequent rains in midsummer can be overwhelming sometimes, so make sure you pack wisely for the subtropical climate of Taiwan (see how to pack for heat and humidity here). 

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How to Spend Chinese New Year in Taiwan

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Chinese New Year is the most important time of the year for Taiwanese people. Taking place from the last to the fifth day of the lunar calendar, it tends to fall in late January/early February. There are formalities to be observed over the period. Ancestors must be prayed for and offered sacrifices, red envelopes filled with money must be given to family, Spring Couplets must be hung on front doors, houses must be thoroughly cleaned, fish must be prepared and friends and family must be visited. It is a busy time for everyone! But, given it is the only extended holiday in Taiwan’s yearlong calendar, locals still find the time to go out and enjoy themselves by visiting attraction sites all over the country…. The result? Heavy traffic jams and huge crowds almost everywhere!

So, Chinese New Year is not the best time to visit Taiwan. In fact, while shops and restaurants tend to remain open (except on the first and last day), the period is a very inconvenient time to visit and should be avoided if possible. Nevertheless, if you are in Taiwan over the Chinese New Year period, there are still some places that make for great New Year destinations to beat the crowds and have a memorable experience. Check out our ideas about the best places to head this Chinese New Year. Also take note of where absolutely NOT to go below!

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Taiwan’s Top 10 Cherry Blossom Destinations

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March and April are Japan’s peak seasons for tourism. At this time, air tickets and hotel prices are at least double. Why? Because Japan’s national flower, the cherry blossom, is in bloom. But did you know that Taiwan also has some beautiful cherry blossoms of its own? Given the cheap cost of coming to Taiwan, as well as its beauty, it really does make sense to come to Taiwan to experience the magic of cherry blossoms instead! Here we have compiled a list of prime locations for appreciating the cherry blossoms in Taiwan.

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