The best time to visit Taiwan is between September and November. Everyone’s in school. Typhoon season passed. Temperatures will begin to cool. And you won’t have to worry about fall allergies.
I’ve lived in Taiwan for over three years now. Throughout this time, I’ve learned about the country’s weather patterns. I want to help you know the best times to visit Taiwan. That way, you don’t have an unpleasant experience.
To pinpoint the best time to visit the island nation, you’ll want to know:
- Humidity levels
- Average temperature
- Common natural disasters
- Events and festivals
Let’s prepare you for a trip to Taiwan.
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Taiwan’s Weather and Things To Do by Month
Here are festivals and average temperatures by month in Taiwan:
|Month||Avg. Weather (°F)||Avg. Weather (°C)||Noteworthy Festival|
|January||57°F–66.4°F||13.9°C–19.1°C||Lunar New Year|
|February||57.6°F–67.3°F||14.2°C–19.6°C||Lunar New Year|
|April||78.3°F–66.2°F||25.7°C–19°C||Tomb Sweeping Day|
|May||84.6°F–72.1°F||29.2°C–22.3°C||International Matsu Festival|
|June||76.3°F–89.6°F||24.6°C–32°C||Dragon Boat Festival|
|July||93.7°F–79.3°F||34.3°C–26.3°C||International Balloon Festival|
|December||60.1°F–69.3°F||15.6°C–20.7°C||Christmas & New Year’s Eve|
These temperatures don’t account for Taiwan’s high humidity. Air humidity can raise what temperatures ‘feel’ like. I’ll cover more details on this in a bit.
The following sections will cover more details about monthly weather and things to do in Taiwan.
January in Taiwan
January is one of Taiwan’s more comfortable months. It has temperatures averaging between 57 °F (13.9 °C) and 66 °F (19.1 °C). It is; however, also the country’s coldest month that doesn’t experience much sunshine (2.6 hours a day).
Taiwan Festivals in January
You won’t find any noteworthy festivals or holiday celebrations.
Sometimes Lunar New Year, or otherwise Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, will begin at the end of January.
February in Taiwan
Temperature ranges are similar to January. It’s Taiwan’s most humid month with humidity that averages 81%, making this month the most uneasy time of the year.
On average, you’ll encounter rainfall for at least 14.6 days out of the month. This can build up 6.7 inches (170.3 millimeters) of precipitation.
Partially because of this and other factors, this is also one of the least sunny months of the year. You’ll only see an average of 2.5 hours per day.
This month also transitions the nation into its Spring allergy season, which will last between February and May.
Since Taiwan doesn’t have ragweed, grass pollen, certain molds, and tree pollen are the main allergens you have to endure. Even if you are in a city like Taipei, you will still face these symptoms.
Festivals Around This Time
If you want to travel to Taiwan earlier in the month, I don’t recommend doing so.
The Spring Festival starts around this time, which means that you’ll find people everywhere and that flight prices will skyrocket.
If you want to catch Taiwan’s cherry blossoms, it’s an ideal month. I’ll cover more details about this area later.
What Is the Weather Like in Taiwan in March?
March is when temperatures begin to rise. Most of the time, you’ll experience temperatures around 60.4 °F (15.7 °C), and sometimes you’ll see 71.8 °F (22.1 °C).
You’ll experience at least an average of 79% humidity.
One takeaway for this month is the varying flowers that blossom, which I’ll cover in a second.
It’s also the last month of the year that you’ll want to consider visiting an outdoor hot spring. The nation will begin to warm up from hereon.
Taiwan Festivals in March
In Taipei around mid-March to early-April, you can attend the Taipei Azalea Festival at Daan Forest Park. Or, you can visit Yangmingshan National Park to view calla lilies.
Taiwan’s firefly season begins in March and will last until May. The best place to find these flies is in Hualien’s Liyu Lake area.
If you prefer music, you can attend the Eden Hill Music Festival (伊甸高原戶外音樂節), which is somewhere in Nantou County.
April in Taiwan
Due to having balanced and dry weather along with plenty of festivals, April is one of the most ideal months to visit.
Holidays and Festivals This Month
In early-April, the Taiwanese will celebrate the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping day. There’s also Children’s Day. Both festivals give the Taiwanese a four-day weekend, which will lead massive migrations throughout.
You can also check out the Urban Nomad Film Festival in Taipei; the Organik Music Festival in Hualien; or the Spring Scream Music Festival in Kenting.
May in Taiwan
May is one of the hotter months in Taiwan with temperatures ranging between 71.1 °F (22.3 °C) and 84.6 °F (29.2 °C). Those temperatures are without humidity taken into account.
It’s around 76.6%.
Starting this month and lasting until October, you’ll want to be careful with the heat. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids, wear sunscreen, and stay in the shade when possible.
Starting from the middle of this month and lasting until mid-June, Taiwan will experience plum rain (梅雨). It’s also known as the East Asian rainy season. During this time, heavy rainfall will pound East Asian nations. These conditions also lead to heavy flooding.
The name “plum rain” derived from a belief that plums fell and their moisture turned into rain.
Toward the middle of the month, spring allergies will fade.
Celebrations in May
As Taiwan approaches warmer weather, you’ll find various festivals throughout the country like:
- Taichung International Matsu Festival
- Hakka Tung Blossom Festival: you’ll find these in Miaoli, Hsinchu, and New Taipei
- Heartown Music Festival: metal festival in Taichung
- Earthfest Music Festival: psy-trance music in Puli, Miaoli, or Nantou
June in Taiwan
June is Taiwan’s wettest month. It averages 16 days of rain with around 0.04 inches of precipitation. Because of this, you won’t find many tourists around.
With the nation moving into summer, you’ll begin to feel the heat. June’s heat index averages 109.8 °F (43.2 °C).
Fortunately, you’ll find that the humidity will reduce a bit.
July is the last month you can check out Taiwan before typhoon season hits.
What To Do in June
No matter where you are in Taiwan, you can watch the weekend-long Dragon Boat Festival (端午節). During this period, you’ll find various teams racing boats with dragon heads.
When traveling to Tainan during this month, don’t forget to buy something with mangos. The region’s mangos peak around this time; hence, they’ll taste the best.
If you prefer being in Taipei, visit the Taipei Film Festival.
July in Taiwan
Be careful when visiting from hereon for a couple months. Because you may encounter harsh weather conditions. July is also Taiwan’s warmest month.
If you decide to sightsee during the day, you’ll wear yourself down and also need to keep a few things in mind:
- Dress light
- Drink Super Sapau or Pocari Sweat
- Relax indoors and embrace air conditioning
What Can You Do in July?
There’s the Hohaiyan Rock Music Festival at Fulong Beach along Taiwan’s northern coast. Sometimes this festival will happen in August.
Another big event that happens throughout July and August is the Taitung International Balloon Festival. It’s the perfect place to watch hot air balloons that vary in shapes and characters float into the sky.
August in Taiwan
During this time, Taiwan faces the highest chances of typhoons increasing while the blazing heat continues.
If you’re coming to Taiwan to study at a Mandarin Training Center, I recommend arriving in this month.
That way, you have enough time to find an apartment, and finish any requirements for classes. You may also have time to relax a bit before your classes begin.
Traditional Festivals or Holidays in August
The entire month is Taiwan’s Ghost Month, which means spirits will briefly roam the mortal plane. Throughout this time, the Taiwanese will practice various ceremonies and superstitions.
For example, you will find many people burning ghost money, or joss paper, in metal containers along sidewalks.
Otherwise, you won’t find much happening.
September in Taiwan
With classes underway, you’ll find fewer people crowding beaches and tourist hotspots.
You still run a smaller risk of encountering typhoons while dealing with the heat.
Things To Do in September
The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, is a weekend-long celebration. Many the Taiwanese families will gather and have barbecues.
If you don’t mingle with the locals, you can try the holiday’s famous snack. Moon cakes. You’ll find them at most bakeries. I also recommend getting them as a souvenir if possible.
Most of the time, this festival will happen during September. On rare occasions, it’ll start in October.
October in Taiwan
As typhoon season comes to a close, the chaotic conditions begin to wind down. This makes Taiwan safer (weather-wise) to visit. It’s also an ideal time of year to go hiking and explore the country’s beautiful landscapes before the rain comes back.
This is also the best month to visit Taiwan’s offshore islands. However, you’ll encounter higher prices for flights and hotels.
Festivals or Holidays During This Month
You won’t find much happening in October. There is the Taipei Digital Arts Festival and the Taipei Jazz Music Festival.
The nation doesn’t celebrate Halloween. Though, some nightclubs and other businesses will host costume parties.
While it’s one of the best months to visit, you won’t find any celebrations that’ll happen during this month.
November in Taiwan
During the beginning of the month, you’ll want to take advantage of the remaining days of the beach season.
Toward mid-November, a cold front will begin to descend on Taiwan. If you’re from a colder region, it’ll likely feel like summer to you, though.
What’s There To Do in November?
The Taiwanese don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. For the most part, they also do not acknowledge Black Friday. Because of these reasons, you won’t have to worry about an influx of travelers.
If you love flowers, you can visit the former residence of Chiang Kai-Shek in Taipei’s Shilin District. Once there, you’ll find displays of chrysanthemum flowers.
December in Taiwan
During most of the month, you’ll find a mix of autumn weather, short periods of hot weather, and cold snaps. Once the end of the month comes around, the weather will get colder.
This month has the fewest rainy days (7.6 on average).
What Celebrations You’ll Find This Month
If you love running, you can take part in or watch the Taipei Marathon. It happens in the middle of the month.
Otherwise, you can visit the various Christmas displays throughout the country. City governments will have them set up toward the beginning of the month. They’ll later take them down when January approaches.
If you’re around Taipei 101 on New Year’s Eve, you can watch all the fireworks that erupt throughout the structure.
FAQ: Best Time to Visit Taiwan
Since you better understand the best time to visit Taiwan, you likely still have questions. I’ve put together several questions regarding specific periods in Taiwan throughout the year.
What Is the Hottest Month in Taiwan?
Taiwan’s hottest month is July. Max temperatures throughout the country reach 92°F (33°C). Average temperatures sit at 82.5°F (29.7°C).
These temperatures don’t account for the country’s humidity.
The average relative humidity will be 63%. This can make 92 °F feel like over 100 °F (37 °C). Fortunately, July is Taiwan’s least humid month.
Which Month Is Typhoon Season in Taiwan?
Taiwan’s typhoon season begins in the summer and ends in mid-autumn; July–October. The nation will face an average of 3.7 typhoons per year.
These storms will sweep the country with winds and heavy rainfall. The rain ranges from 2 inches (50 millimeters) to 12 inches (300 millimeters). Whereas, the wind speeds range between 73 to 120 mph (118–190 km/h)
The government has developed cities like Taipei to withstand the blunt effects of these tropical storms.
Where Can I See Cherry Blossoms in Taipei?
The best places that you can see cherry blossoms in Taipei include:
– Lohas Park in Neihu
– Pingjing Street in Taipei’s Shilin District
– Yangmingshan National park
– Tianyuan Temple in Tamsui (New Taipei)
– New Taipei City Gold Museum, Jinguashi (New Taipei)
– Sanxia (New Taipei)
Best Time to Visit Taiwan for Cherry Blossoms
Blooming times for cherry blossoms, or yinghua (櫻花), in Taiwan vary each year. The best time frame to catch a glimpse at these trees is mid-to-late February.
You can find cherry blossoms in most cities throughout Taiwan. So, you won’t have to worry about missing them in case a city doesn’t fit into your itinerary.
You can watch them from in front of the skyscraper. Or, for a better view, you can travel to somewhere like Maokong Mountain.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Taiwan?
The best time to visit Taiwan is when you can afford it. It’s also when you can get time off work.
If you want to go to a specific festival, you’ll need to do more research. That way, you can see what one will give you the most value.
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