Weather: January is the coldest month of the year in Taiwan, but given its geographical location it is never too cold. Average low and high temperatures are 13 °C (55 °F) and 16 °C (61 °F). January is the month to see plum blossoms.
Bring an umbrella as it rains sometimes. In the south it is usually sunny and warm, while in the north it is often cloudy and windy.
Clothing: In the early morning and evening you may need a light sweater and a jacket, but during the day when it is warmer, a long-sleeve shirt will do. Wearing layers is most convenient. Mountainous areas are quite cold and you may need a down jacket.
Things To Do
In the streets, see lion dances, temple fairs, and displaysof lanterns. In the air above Taipei, on the night of the full moon, watch the thousands of lit lanterns fly up in the Taipei Lantern Fair.
Bask in Beitou Geothermal Valley: In Beitou Park, the warm sulfuric water of the valley is a wonder to see and smell. Though you are on the outskirts of a bustling metropolis, you can enjoy watching the water bubble up and the steamy mists float away. For a little expense you can bathe in a hot spring bath. Beitou Hot Spring Museum is free.
Skiing: Hit the ski resort on Yushan Mountain. It is the second tallest mountain in Taiwan with a 3,886 meter (12,750 feet) high peak.
Snow Scenery: Yushan Mountain has big forests and alpine scenery to enjoy.
Shilin Night Market: Eating hot food is a fine way to spend a cold evening. Shilin has the biggest night market in Taipei, and it is known mainly for the variety of food. There is a big covered cooked food market, many restaurants, and many street vendors offering snacks. See how many of Taiwan's favorite foods, beverages and desserts you can eat.
Travel: The Spring Festival period is the busiest travel time all over the country. Tickets for flights to Taiwan and between Taiwan and Chinese mainland may be difficult to get. Let us help you book flights.
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