What to do in Taipei in Spring - Best things to do in March, April and May 2020

What to do in Taipei in Spring - Best things to do in March, April and May 2020

Updated: 28 January 2020

By Andrew Thompson


Spring is the best time to visit Taiwan, which makes Taipei a popular destination in March, April, and May thanks to the warmer weather and famous blossoms. There are all sorts of things to do in Taipei throughout the year, like visiting the night markets and famous landmarks. During spring, however, the city is brought to life with some festivals that take advantage of the warmer weather. Taipei weather in spring is usually moderate, with average high temperatures peaking around 25 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit). The warmer weather is also perfect for exploring the city in the evening. Whether you’re in search of delicious street food or you want to splash out at the markets, there’s no better time to visit than spring!


Things to do in Taipei in March

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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. 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’ve 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. Venture off the beaten path and head to the Ningxia and Yansan Night Markets. It is one of the best things to do in Taipei with a local host.

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Taipei weather in March can still be unpredictable, but if you find yourself caught in a downpour, there are still dozens of things to do. Taipei has several hidden gems well worth considering, like Fortune Teller Alley, interesting bars, and even comedy clubs. 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. If you're lucky you'll still see some of the beautiful blossoms well into March. There are several events and activities centered around the famous flower festival, including exhibitions, photography competitions, and musical performances.

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Things to do in Taipei in April

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April is arguably the best time to visit Taipei. The weather is mild, but it’s possible to bag great deals for 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. It’s the perfect way to recharge in nature before descending back into the city. Most Taipei travel guides will tell you, no visit to the capital is complete without 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.

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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 a bit of sightseeing. There are safe and scenic bike lanes and routes throughout the city. 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 neighborhoods 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

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Taipei's weather in May can be 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 you’ll likely 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, take a day trip to Pingxi and Jiufen. This allows you to witness a 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.

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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 artifacts brought back after the loss of the Chinese civil war.