What to do in Taipei in Spring - Best things to do in March, April and May 2019

By Andrew Thompson

Spring is the best time to visit Taipei. Although Taiwan is a popular destination in March, April and May thanks to the warmer weather and famous blossoms, there are many more reasons why you’ll want to visit over spring. Aside from various fun things to do in Taipei throughout the year, like visiting the night markets, temples, and other famous Taipei landmarks, there are also festivals that take advantage of the more temperate weather at this time of the year which bring the city to life.

Taipei weather in spring is usually moderate, with average high temperatures peaking around 25 degrees Celsius, or 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s usually comfortable to explore the city in the evening, a particular advantage given how there are many things to do in Taipei at night. So whether you’re in search of famous Taipei street food, you want to splash out at the flower and jade markets, or you’d simply like to bask in the atmosphere of this famous Asian capital, you’ll find that there’s no better time to visit than between March and May.

Things to do in Taipei in March 2019


Shilin night market in Taipei is one of Taiwan’s most popular culinary attractions, and for good reason - here you’ll find a range of surprising and delectable dishes, many of which you’d probably never before heard of. If your goal is to eat like a local in Taipei, then there’s no better place to start than here. If you want to escape the crowds and venture off the beaten path, then one of the best things to do in Taipei is to join a Local Host to the city’s Ningxia and Yansan Night Markets. Although you can visit the night markets throughout the year, it’s a great early spring activity to do before the peak season crowds arrive.

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Taipei weather in March can still be unpredictable, so if you find yourself caught in a downpour there are still dozens of options. Taipei has several hidden gems well worth considering, like Fortune Teller Alley, as well as interesting bars and even comedy clubs. And if winter’s hanging around a little longer than you’d like, you can thaw off in one of the city’s hot springs. Beitou Hot Springs, for example, are an easy day trip from the capital. Of course, one of the most iconic things to do in Taipei is to witness the famous cherry blossoms. The Yangmingshan Flower Festival usually kicks off in late February, and it’s possible to still see some of the beautiful blossoms well into March. There are several events and activities centred around the famous flower festival, including exhibitions, photography competitions, and musical performances.

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Things to do in Taipei in April 2019


April is arguably the best time to visit Taipei. The weather is mild, but it’s possible to bag great deals of accommodation throughout the city. If the rain stays away, the summit of Elephant Mountain is one of the most popular places to visit in Taipei, and the month of April is the perfect time to embark on a hike. A short two to three hour hike around the mountain offers incredible views of Taipei’s famous skyline, including the Taipei 101, and it’s the perfect way to recharge in nature before descending back into the city. And as any Taipei travel guide will tell you, no visit to the capital is complete with a visit to the famous building itself - if you’re a fan of big city lights, then head up on a clear night for sweeping panoramic views.

Another fantastic thing to do if the spring weather is on your side is to head out for a bicycle ride around the city, easily one of the best ways to kick off a trip here. Taipei’s YouBike system is a shared bike scheme that allows you to easily - and cheaply - rent a bicycle for a quick commute or for a bit of sightseeing. There are safe and scenic bike lanes and routes throughout the city that are perfect for some April activity. Baosheng Cultural Festival, which takes place in April each year, offers a fascinating way to experience local culture and religion. It usually runs between April and June each year and includes a variety of events and performances. It takes place in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and is the perfect way to gain some insight into the lives of many who still live there.

Things to do in Taipei in May 2019


Weather in May in Taipei is unpredictable and often quite wet, though temperatures continue to increase. Provided you’re equipped with adequate waterproof clothing, you will still be able to see some of the city’s most famous attractions. It’s a popular time for food festivals as well, which means if the weather is unreliable, at least you can head indoors and satisfy your tastebuds. Baosheng Cultural Festival also continues to run right through the month, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to absorb more of the cultural intricacies of Taiwan through this famous event. If the city is getting a bit too claustrophobic for you, escape its confines with a day trip to Pingxi and Jiufen. This gives you the opportunity to witness an altogether different side of this fascinating country by visiting a traditional tea house, releasing a sky lantern, and taking in views of both mountains and sea.

 

There are several indoor activities to consider if you’re looking to escape a spring downpour. Shopping fans can’t miss a visit to Xinyi District, where you’ll find designer brands, small local stores, and a range of restaurants and food stalls. If you’d like your respite from the rain to be more cultural, the National Palace Museum is the place to go. Here you’ll learn about Taiwan’s fascinating history and view valuable artefacts brought back after the loss of the Chinese civil war.

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