Subtropical Taiwan welcomes again

Winter temperatures in southern places such as those surrounding Kenting National Park (featured above) rarely drop below 20°C

Taiwan, which has kept some of its entry and quarantine rules in place as large parts of the rest of Asia have relaxed or lifted them completely, aims to end its mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for arrivals from mid-October in an effort to reopen to the outside world.

In Taiwan, winter typically lasts from December to March. The winter months of January and February are the most intense. Taiwan’s climate is predominantly subtropical, with pockets of tropical climate in the south, due to its placement on the Tropic of Cancer.

Taiwan’s winter weather varies as it is an island and its strategic geographic placement. The warmer it becomes the further south you travel, and vice versa. The average temperature in Taipei and other northern Taiwanese cities is roughly 15°C, but it drops significantly during cold spells, which usually occur in January.

Taiwan’s winters are often colder than most visitors anticipate. Fog, gloomy skies, and chilly temperatures are common in Taiwan’s winter weather, especially in the north. Taiwanese winters aren’t as snowy as they are in other parts of the world.

Taiwan has a variety of celebrations and holidays in the winter. It’s a festival and event-packed season. Besides the popular festivals and events like the Taiwan Lantern Festival, which takes place on the night of the first full moon of the lunar year. The “Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” is the second biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world. For many Taiwanese, the sight of sky lanterns ascending slowly into the sky is a wonderful memory and the start of happiness and dreams. Each year, the Lantern Festival takes place in a new city and lasts around a week.

Sun Moon Lake can be frigid in the winter, but it is equally stunning when the sky is clear.

In the winter, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom as early as late January, and the peak blooming season is in February.

Taiwan is one of the top 15 hot spring destinations in the world, with a wide range of springs to choose from. What better way to spend your winter than visiting a variety of hot springs, cold springs, mud springs, and seabed hot springs?