The weather in Taipei can be a little chaotic and erratic; this makes it an important factor that must be taken into account when you are planning a trip there. So we've thrown in some advice on the best time to go and tips on what to see and do while you are there.
The general climate of Taipei is subtropical. Summers are hot, heavy and humid with temperatures hitting the high thirties. The winter season is often short and not too severe with the lowest temperatures at about ten degrees. Prone to changes in weather and even typhoons, the monsoon season can stretch from April to September with the highest number of storms occurring in the later months of that period. Generally the best time to visit would be in the fall months which experience the lowest rainfall.
The number one attraction on most Taipei travel lists is the National Palace Museum which houses artefacts from over five thousand years of Chinese civilisation. The collection is extensive and housed in a number of buildings, so be sure to set aside sufficient time to make your way through. The Museum also offers a free tour which highlights the key pieces and provides some explanation about them.
Next on your list should be the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall a monument dedicated to the first president of modern Taiwan. It is a good place to learn about China-Taiwan relations, from a Taiwanese perspective of course.
Taipei is a bustling and business oriented city. The skyline is filled with sky scrapers but there is one that towers over all the rest; Taipei 101. This landmark located in the Xinyi district, was once the world tallest building. Its architecture is rich in symbolism and thus a visit there can provide some insight about the local culture.
The city is also famous for its colourful markets from the bustling night markets to the weekend Jade market if you want to sneak a peek into the precious stones trade. The Nanmen Market which is over a hundred years old was renovated in the 1970's and houses all the local delights and delicacies. From raw food to snacks and dried stuff, there is a whole lot of food here. It is a gastronomic adventure that you are not going to be able to get at a regular restaurant.
Yangming Park is absolutely breathtaking and it is a refuge in a city filled with sky scrapers and other modern marvels. If you are going to spend sometime in the park, remember that the weather in Taipei is prone to downpours so be sure to take an umbrella with you.
No trip to Taipei is complete without a visit to one of the aboriginal enclaves. The aboriginal people lead lives that are distinct from the traditional modern experience so it will be an educational and eye-opening visit. No matter what surprises the weather in Taipei throws you, remember to come armed with an umbrella and a desire to have a good time, this will make for a great adventure.