When to go

Taiwan is the classic example of fast and unpredictable weather fluctuations. As a relatively small subtropical island, it is permanently subject to the passage of cold fronts, hot fronts and, year after year, tropical storms and cyclones, some of which are quite destructive.

September and October are considered the ideal months when the temperature is pleasant and the atmosphere is less humid. Spring is the season when everything is possible including changing from completely covered skies and rain to clear skies and sunshine several times in one day. Summer – end of May to end of August – is by far the riskiest, in terms of the possibility of the island being “attacked” by cyclones. Typically, this threat lasts until mid-October. Summer is also the high season for the Taiwanese themselves. At this time, during Chinese New Year and other holidays, the island's hotels are full.