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Visiting Taipei & Taiwan in August 2023

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August in Taiwan is characterised by scorching & sweaty days. Together with July, it’s the peak of summer time in Taiwan, however for those who’ve been within the county for the months main as much as August, it’s possible you’ll really feel extra used to it by then. By the tip of August, the temperatures lastly begin to drop by just a few levels.

August can be one of many rainiest months of the yr in Taiwan by quantity, with a whole lot of that coming within the type of a minimum of one main storm. It’s vital to pay attention to what to do if a storm strikes throughout your journey, which I’ll cowl beneath, however it’s additionally not a cause to cancel your August journey to Taiwan.

With loads of summer time occasions and actions happening, August continues to be a enjoyable time to go to, particularly for lovers of the weather and subtropical summer time warmth.

Ghost Month, and the distinctive restrictions it comes with (which you don’t really must comply with), additionally provides a touch of mystique to travels to Taiwan in August.

If excessive warmth and attainable typhoons will not be your cup of tea, discover out the greatest month of the yr to go to Taiwan right here. Additionally see right here for extra normal Taiwan journey info and ideas.

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Taipei Climate in August

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall; some of the best things to do in Taipei in August should be done in the early morning to escape the heat
The place are all of the folks? Avoiding the solar…

Additionally learn: When to Journey to Taipei Metropolis

July and August are the height of summer time in Taiwan and the most popular months of the yr. The common temperature in Taipei in August is 33°C (91°F), just one diploma decrease than the July common. Basically which means that in early August, the climate continues to be at its hottest of the yr, however by the tip of August, the temperature is (simply barely) starting to drop.

Mixed with the extreme, sub-tropical humidity that appears to get trapped within the geographical melancholy wherein Taipei sits, the “seems like” temperature is normally 5-10 levels hotter than what the temperature signifies. This implies the climate in Taipei in August normally seems like one thing within the low to mid-40s.

In case you’ve already been in Taipei since July or earlier, it’s possible you’ll discover August extra bearable merely since you’ve gotten somewhat extra used to it. However for those who’re simply arriving in Taipei in August, and also you’re not accustomed to tropical or sub-tropical climate, then it’s possible you’ll be in for a shock.

Summer time is my least favourite season in Taipei. Stepping outdoors within the Taipei seems like stepping right into a furnace. I sweat continually and must convey an additional T-shirt all over the place I am going. After the solar units, town continues giving off warmth absorbed throughout the day, so the temperature solely drops just a few levels. The common low temperature in Taipei in August is 26°C (79°F), however that low isn’t reached till the early morning.

Apart from the crushing warmth, August can be the second rainiest month of the yr in Taiwan, with a median 320mm in precipitation (September is first with 360mm). However that doesn’t imply it’s raining on a regular basis in August; August is definitely (together with July) the sunniest month of the yr in Taipei, with a median 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Most of that precipitation comes unexpectedly within the type of a storm or two (see beneath). Apart from typhoons, it is usually pretty regular for Taipei to obtain a late afternoon downpour, though these seldom final lengthy, and assist to chill off town somewhat.

Typhoons in Taiwan in August

Damage in Taipei from Typhoon Soudelor in August 2015 in Taiwan
When somebody’s roof landed on my avenue throughout Hurricane Soudelor (August 2015)

A giant chunk of the rainfall that falls in Taiwan in August comes within the type of typhoons. Usually about 3-4 main typhoons hit Taiwan per storm season (July to October), with August and September being the most typical months they strike. So in case you are planning to spend August in Taiwan, there’s a first rate likelihood you’ll be there when a storm hits.

Whereas typhoons are one thing to pay attention to, they need to not forestall you from visiting Taiwan. The infrastructure of the most important cities in Taiwan, particularly Taipei, is constructed to face up to typhoons. Whereas deaths and accidents do happen, they nearly at all times occur in small villages within the mountains, close to the coast, or to individuals who ignore the warnings to remain inside.

Usually talking, the cities and counties on the central west coast of Taiwan, together with Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, and Yunlin, obtain a much less extreme affect from typhoons as a result of they’re shielded by the Central Mountain Vary.

The east coast, together with Yilan, Hualien, and Taitung counties, are extra severely impacted as a result of the typhoons at all times hit Taiwan from the east. In case you occur to be in that a part of Taiwan when a storm is coming, you should have a number of days discover, and it’s possible you’ll need to both head again to Taipei and verify right into a sturdy lodge that isn’t too near the water or anyplace close to the mountains and simply wait it out. If doubtful, ask locals for recommendation.

Likewise, touring to Taroko Gorge, any excessive mountain space resembling Alishan, or anyplace near the ocean on the east coast ought to be averted throughout and shortly after a storm. To quote essentially the most severe instance, Hurricane Morakot (August 2009), the deadliest storm in Taiwan’s recorded historical past, killed 673 folks in Taiwan, most of whom died when a small village within the mountains within the south of Taiwan was lined by a landslide.

If a storm is actually going to strike, although, each metropolis and county throughout Taiwan will determine the night earlier than whether or not to name a no-school (sure, most Taiwanese youngsters are nonetheless taking some sort of courses in August)/no-work day. If this occurs, it is best to put together any meals (and beer!) you want that night, and keep in the whole subsequent day.

I’ve personally skilled dozens of typhoons during the last 10+ years in Taipei. The capital metropolis nearly at all times appears to flee the worst of the injury; generally we get a time without work from work and the storm that hits looks as if nothing, solely to search out out that complete roads or villages have been taken out in rural components of the nation.

Damage in Taipei from Typhoon Soudelor (August 2015)
Harm on my avenue from Hurricane Soudelor (August 2015)

Nonetheless, in August of 2015, Hurricane Soudelor hit Taipei useless on, and it was the craziest storm expertise I’ve ever had. Roofs have been actually ripped off just a few buildings in my neighborhood, timber uprooted, and scooters blown over all over the place. However even then, I nonetheless felt protected in my concrete condo block.

My level is to not scare you off from visiting Taiwan in August, however as a substitute to remind you of the significance of taking typhoons significantly and staying in or avoiding dangerous areas in case you are suggested to.

The worst case situation is that you’ll have to make a final minute change in your plans; for instance, one yr my household and I have been on Inexperienced Island, and we needed to depart the island someday forward of schedule as a result of a storm was approaching and the authorities requested all vacationers to return to the mainland.

The perfect case (and more than likely) situation is that you just’ll must spend a day inside when the storm hits, listening to the wild wind and rain outdoors, or observing it out of your balcony, which may really be fairly superior. Solely as soon as in my 10+ years in Taipei have I seen two days in a row of necessary no-school/no-work as a consequence of storm, so it’s unlikely to have an effect on many days of your journey.

What to Put on in Taipei in August

As a result of the climate in Taipei in August is tremendous scorching and humid, you’ll need to costume as calmly and comfortably as attainable. Put on clothes that covers plenty of pores and skin to keep away from direct daylight, however is breathable and dries shortly whenever you sweat. Additionally don’t overlook good shades, a hat, and sunscreen. I discover a sarong or skinny scarf excellent for carrying over my shoulders as effectively, both to stop getting sunburned, or defend my pores and skin after being burned.

Taipei is tremendous lax in relation to costume code; shorts and flip flops for males are nice even within the massive metropolis and budget- to mid-range eating places. Going shirtless on the road for males will not be acceptable, although (until you’re a development employee), and by no means, ever stroll round barefoot until you’re on the seashore (and even there, the sand could also be too scorching for that); the locals would suppose you’ve misplaced your thoughts.

For girls quick shorts/skirts and tank tops are tremendous frequent amongst locals, even for coming into the main temples of Taipei, and catcalling is uncommon in Taiwan.

It’s good to arrange for rain, after all, however even for those who don’t need to pack the gear, you may simply decide up an affordable umbrella in Taiwan. Low-cost, skinny, pull-over ponchos are extensively out there as effectively, however I discover them sticky to put on within the warmth/humidity of August; for biking, they’re a should.

Right here’s my information to the greatest neighborhoods and lodges in Taipei, or you may seek for the greatest lodge offers in Taipei right here.

Taiwan Climate in August

Identical to in Taipei, the climate in all the most important cities and lowland areas in Taiwan in August is about as scorching because it will get, with the temperatures lastly beginning to ease up (however nonetheless extremely popular) by the tip of the month.

Tainan Metropolis within the south of Taiwan has a median temperature of 32°C (90°F) in August, just one diploma decrease than that of July, and the common low temperature stays 26°C (79°F), the identical as in July.

In August, Tainan receives a median of 395mm of rain, larger than every other month. This can be a mixture of quick however very intense intervals of rain throughout typhoons and common late-afternoon showers that happen after the warmth and humidity construct up within the daytime.

In different phrases, in case you are planning to go to the south of Taiwan in August, you may anticipate to have some extremely popular, sunny, and steamy days, however you’re additionally virtually assured to expertise intervals of heavy rain as effectively, and which will or could not embody a storm.

Taichung in central Taiwan shall be as scorching as anyplace else in Taiwan however much less more likely to be severely impacted by typhoons, so it’s at all times a protected guess. Taroko Gorge could be very scorching as effectively, however normally not fairly as unhealthy as Taipei. Solar Moon Lake is barely much less scorching as a result of it’s at a better elevation, however it will possibly nonetheless be uncomfortably scorching. Excessive mountain resorts like Alishan and Cingjing Farm present the right escapes; Alishan is a nice 23°C (73°F) within the daytime, falling to a median low of 15°C (59°F) at evening.

The offshore islands are additionally (no massive shock) additionally scorching AF in August, and also you received’t discover a lot shade on them, both.

What to put on in Taiwan in August

My recommendation right here is not any totally different than for Taipei: put on mild, snug clothes and defend your pores and skin for those who spend any period of time outside within the noon.

In case you’re planning to hit the seashore in Kenting or one of many offshore islands, be additional cautious because the solar might be unbelievably highly effective, and going into the water often solely makes you overlook.

Don’t overlook to convey rain gear particularly if touring a methods from town; though there are 7-Elevens all over the place, even within the countryside, generally the rain clouds rolls in extremely quick and you may get fully drenched in seconds.

In case you plan to journey a scooter for an extended distance, then undoubtedly go for one of many lengthy, thick raincoats worn by all Taiwanese once they journey, which can be found from any scooter provide retailer.

Taipei in August: Finest Issues to Do

Relying on what sort of climate you’re used to, it’s possible you’ll discover it nice or unbearable to attempt to go to the primary sights of Taipei throughout the day in August. Hit the primary outside sights like Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Corridor and Longshan Temple as early as attainable; comply with my Taipei itinerary to plan your actions effectively.

Luckily, there are a great deal of (absolutely air-conditioned) indoor issues to do in Taipei as effectively. Contemplating taking a day journey from Taipei; most of the choices I like to recommend are in elevated areas that aren’t as scorching because the Taipei metropolis middle, together with Jiufen Outdated Road and Shifen Waterfall.

My wife and kids riding the Maokong Gondola in Taipei in August
Journey the Maokong Gondola to realize somewhat elevation and escape the warmth of town.

If the heats sucks out your whole vitality (or will to dwell), spend the afternoon in your lodge or an air conditioned café, then head out round nightfall when the solar units and hit town’s evening markets; they’re greatest round 5-7 PM, however after that they grow to be a sweaty, clogged mass of individuals.

In the long run, although, in case you are something like me, you’ll spend the whole month of August in Taipei questioning how and when you may get your self into some water.

There are disappointingly few waterparks in Taipei. Water Nation Park (Taipei Water Park or 自來水園區) in Gongguan district is a youngsters’s outside spray park greatest for toddlers and younger youngsters. It’s low-cost however very talked-about amongst locals. Learn extra in my information to visiting Taipei with youngsters.

In August, the Taipei Riverside Kids’s Enjoyable Carnival normally takes place on the Taipei Water Park, with inflatable slides, exhibits, and extra.

Taipei Waterpark in Gongguan, one of the best things to do with kids in Taipei in July
One of many few outside water play areas in Taipei. Picture from Taipei Waterpark Web site

Sizzling August day thought: take a cooking class in Taipei and learn to make conventional Taiwanese dishes!

One other nice option to beat the warmth is to dig in to a heaping mound of shaved ice; strive Ximending for a great deal of shaved ice outlets, Ice Monster for some distinctive trendy varieties, or Yongkang Road for one of the best mango shaved ice.

Yongkang street mango shaved ice, one of the best ways to beat the heat in Taipei in August
My son having fun with some mango shaved ice on Yongkang Road in Taipei

August 8 is Father’s Day in Taiwan, as a result of 8/8 is pronounced ba/ba in Mandarun, just like the phrase for ‘father’. Most locals take their father’s out for dinner on or round that day, so you may anticipate most eating places in Taipei to be absolutely booked.

For efficiency lovers, the Taipei Fringe Pageant normally takes place from late August to early September at places all through town.

The seventh day of the seventh lunar month (August 22, 2023) is Qixi Pageant, additionally generally known as “Chinese language Valentine’s Day.” On that weekend (or the weekend earlier than it when it falls on a weekday), an enormous fireworks show is normally set off from Dadaocheng Wharf, with all method of meals and different actions making it an occasion to not be missed.

The seventh month of the Lunar Calendar known as Ghost Month or 中元節 (zhong yuan jie) in Taiwan, and this normally coincides roughly with August. This can be a time when the locals imagine that the spirits of the deceased return to the world and have to be honored with all method of choices. In 2023, Ghost Month will go from August 16 to September 14.

All through the month, and particularly on sure days, it’s possible you’ll discover that just about each store in Taipei has a desk of choices arrange in entrance of it, and folks burn much more incense and joss paper (or “ghost cash”) than common.

A hand putting some ghost money into a fire, part of the rituals that take place during Ghost Month in August in Taipei
Burning “ghost cash” for the Ghost Pageant

Ghost Month comes with an extended record of restrictions and belongings you shouldn’t do, together with swimming within the sea (proper within the hottest month of the yr, positive…), strolling alone at evening, or whistling. These are very conventional beliefs and most locals don’t really pay a lot consideration to them (so after all, you don’t must, both), however remember that the overwhelming majority of Taiwanese DO imagine in ghosts (ancestral spirits), so undoubtedly chorus from making jokes about or mocking the Ghost Pageant and its related beliefs. My Taiwanese spouse even holds her breath each time we journey previous a cemetery on our scooter.

Crucial occasion of Ghost Month, the fifteenth day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, August 30 in 2023.

Zhupu Altar, where ghost month activites take place in taiwan in September
Zhupu Altar, Keelung, the middle of Ghost Pageant actions in Taiwan

Northern Taiwan’s largest port, Keelung Metropolis (40 minutes from Taipei by prepare), is the middle of Ghost Pageant actions in Taiwan, particularly Zhupu Altar (the primary temple related to the Ghost Pageant in Taiwan) in Zhongzheng Park (基隆中正公園 or Chung Cheng Park).

These embody a lantern ceremony to kick off the occasion (twenty ninth day of the sixth lunar month, August 15, 2023), a lantern parade on the thirteenth day of the seventh lunar month, August 28, 2023), a parade and releasing water lanterns on the 14th day (August 29, 2023), and the primary occasion, Zhongyuan Pudu, on the fifteenth day (August 30, 2023) at hilltop Zhupu Altar. See right here for all the small print in regards to the Ghost Pageant actions in Keelung.

Taiwan in August: Finest Locations to Go to

If town is simply too scorching for you in August, then heading to the seashore could seem to be the one logical answer. Right here’s my record of the greatest seashores in northern Taiwan, all inside straightforward attain of Taipei.

The free Hohaiyan Rock Music Pageant on Fulong Seaside normally takes place in July or August; I’ll share the dates right here once they grow to be out there. The Fulong Worldwide Sand Sculpture Pageant normally wraps up someday in August, so it’s your final likelihood to see this really spectacular show proper on probably the greatest seashores in Taiwan.

Surfing at Dulan, one of the best places to visit in Taiwan in August
Dulan browsing seashore in southern Taiwan

Within the south of Taiwan, one of the best seashores are at Dulan in Taitung (for browsing particularly), Kenting Nationwide Park, or on the offshore islands. Simply keep in mind to watch out with that excessive noon solar; head to the seashore within the early morning, or the late afternoon main as much as sundown is particularly nice.

July and August are the most well-liked time for Taiwanese to go to the offshore islands resembling Inexperienced Island, Orchid Island, Penghu, and Xiaoliuqiu however these months are additionally the most popular. Get your island ferry tickets or flights to Penghu right here.

If waterparks are extra your factor, head to Leofoo Village Theme Park in Hsinchu County (an hour south of Taipei). Make sure that to purchase your tickets upfront on-line for an enormous low cost.

Different first rate waterparks in Taiwan embody Jumbo Wave Water Park at Window on China in Taoyuan, Mala Bay at Lihpao Village in Taichung (see extra particulars in my Taichung day journeys article), Dongshan River Water Park in Yilan (see extra particulars in my Yilan information), and Vicky the Waterpark at Janfusun in Yunlin County.

See right here for my information to the greatest water parks and amusement parks in Taiwan.

One other superior option to settle down in August in Taiwan is river tracing, a well-liked outside exercise in Taiwan that includes strolling up rivers, cliff diving, and sliding down waterfalls. Put on felt footwear to keep away from slipping (they aren’t too costly; strive any outside store in Taipei) and a life jacket for those who aren’t a robust swimmer (helmets also needs to be worn on extra harmful runs).

A person river tracing, one of the best things to do in August in Taiwan
River tracing in Hualien County

The perfect locations to go river tracing are at Jiajiuliao Stream in Wulai in New Taipei Metropolis, Yilan County, Hualien County, and Taitung County (examine one of many craziest river traces in Taiwan in my information to the east coast). By no means go alone, and first timers ought to think about occurring an organized river tracing journey, resembling these ones in Yilan or Taitung.

The Worldwide Balloon Pageant in Luye, Taitung, normally takes place from June to early August. I took my youngsters just a few years in the past and we had a improbable expertise (learn all about it in my information to Luye and the Taitung Sizzling Air Balloon Pageant and my information to journey round Taiwan with youngsters).

Taroko Gorge is okay to go to in August as long as there isn’t any heavy rain, which may trigger severe (and generally lethal) landslides. Solar Moon Lake ought to be just a few levels cooler as a result of elevation (however sadly swimming within the lake will not be allowed), whereas excessive mountain retreats resembling Alishan and Qingjing Farm are perfect locations to go to in August as a result of gentle climate.

See extra nice journey concepts on this record of my 50 favourite issues to do in Taiwan.

Conclusion: Is August a Good Time to Go to Taiwan?

Like all month of the yr, there are ups and downs to visiting Taiwan in August. Find it irresistible or hate it, summer time continues to be in full swing in August. Plan much less sightseeing and extra time by the water in your Taiwan journey itinerary and it’s possible you’ll simply like it.

There are additionally loads of summer-related occasions and actions to get pleasure from in August. Simply include somewhat persistence, plan your days to keep away from the warmth, and comply with all of the suggestions from locals for those who occur to come across a storm throughout your journey.

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