Weather: Weather in May is warm and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms, because May is in the rainy season. An umbrella is needed to travel in Taiwan in May. There is more rainfall in the south than in the north.
Average low and temperatures are 21 °C (61 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F). In the south the temperature may reach 30 °C (86 °F).
Clothing: T-shirt and a light cardigan are enough. But if you travel to mountainous areas you need to bring a coat.
Things to Do
May is a fine time to visit outdoor places in Taiwan. See the blooming gardens, new growth, and verdant mountains. Though rainfall is relatively high, the temperatures are very pleasant.
The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial and plaza is one of Taipei's favorite international tourist attractions. It is on par with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Vietnam and the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, but grander. Unlike the two mausoleums, he isn't buried there.
The garden paths lead to other imposing buildings of the cultural complex. It is a place to learn about the history of Taiwan and Chinese mainland while you enjoy the fine gardens and the museum building in the spring.
Street Snacks at Shilin Night Market is the biggest night market in Taipei, and it is known for the variety of food. If it rains, there is a big covered prepared food market, and there are many restaurants. After watching the steaming bubbles at Beitou (below), enjoy various types of bubble tea (a Taiwanese invention) at a night market.
Relax in Beitou Geothermal Valley: The sulfuric water of the valley is a wonder to see and smell. It is easy to go to at the outskirts of a bustling metropolis of Taipei. In the cool spring weather, you can enjoy watching the water bubble and the steamy mists float up. For a little expense you can bathe in a hot spring bath.
Travel: May is a high travel month.
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