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April is one of my favorite months of the year in Taiwan. Spring in Taiwan has finally arrived, with warm weather but not yet overbearingly hot, and the south of Taiwan is about as hot as I’d like it to be. Perfect time for hiking, and also ideal weather if you’re visiting Taiwan with kids.
The month opens with a 4-day long weekend, when a cluster of music festivals and beach parties take place in Kenting on the southern tip of the country.
Meanwhile, cherry blossoms are blooming in early April at Alishan, the last of the season, and Central Taiwan hosts the Matsu pilgrimage, one of the world’s largest.
While there is no particular “tourist season” in Taiwan, the tourist arrival numbers in recent years demonstrate that April is one of the most popular months of the year in Taiwan, and it’s no wonder!
2021 Note: At the time of writing, international tourists are not permitted to enter Taiwan. I will update this space if that changes by April of 2022.
For more general information about traveling in Taiwan, see my Taiwan travel blog for first-timers.
Taipei Weather in April
Also read: When Is the Best Time to Visit Taipei?
Visit Taipei in April and you’ll find that the damp, chilly winter weather is finally over and spring has arrived. The average high temperature for April in Taipei is 26°C (79°F), while the average low is 19°C (66°F).
A little bit of rain is almost guaranteed in you visit Taipei in April (the same can be said for almost any month of the year in Taipei). April receives 180mm (or 15 days) of rain, about the same as March, but it’s rare that it rains long or hard enough to disrupt travel plans. Moreover, April light rain doesn’t chill you to the bone in the same way that it does in January through March.
What to wear in Taipei in April
People who are used to hot weather may still find it slightly cool in April in Taipei at night, so a sweater or light jacket may be useful. As always in Taipei, rain gear can come in handy, but is not as essential as winter, when rain is very cold, or summer, when it comes in massive downpours.
April is usually the month when I start wearing shorts and T-shirts pretty much every day in Taipei, but locals aren’t quite at that point yet.
Taiwan Weather in April
Heading south from Taipei, the weather gets even warmer in April, with less chance of rain. See here for my suggestions on how to plan your overall Taiwan travel itinerary.
In Tainan in April, the average high is 29°C (84°F), while the average low is a pleasant 21°C (70°F). As Tainan sits just below the tropic of cancer, it is more tropical and experiences less seasonal variation than Taipei and the north. Tainan only has about 80mm (or 7 days) of rain in April, compared to around double that in Taipei.
Remember that these are just averages, and it can be even hotter (or colder, of course). I’ve attended the Spring Scream Music Festival in Kenting, at the southern tip of Taiwan, on the first long weekend in April, several times. Usually on that weekend the weather is fantastic; hot enough for the beach, but not too hot yet. But one year in particular stands out; it was already ROASTING hot at the beginning of April, similar to summer weather in Taiwan. Crowds of concertgoers were hiding under the shade of trees instead of going up to the stages, and performers on the stage were visibly suffering.
The weather in April in Taiwan is perfect for lower-altitude hiking, and it’s also a great time to visit Taroko Gorge. Sun Moon Lake, which sits at 748 meters, is usually warm but not quite hot yet. Alishan should be around a mild 10°C in the daytime, but it will still be very cold if you wake up early for sunset.
What to wear in Taiwan in April
If you’re sticking to lowland areas and major cities, then you’ll probably want to pack a mix of summer clothing and a few long sleeve shirts or a light jacket for evenings. And don’t leave your bathing suit at home; even beaches in the cooler north can be approaching beach weather in April, although the water may still be a little cold.
As always in Taiwan, it’s a good idea to prepare for rain, but it’s easy to find what you need there if you don’t want to pack it. And for Alishan or the high mountains, you’ll still need to dress warm, especially if you plan to wake up for sunrise.
Taipei in April: Best Things to Do
April is Taipei is in my opinion one of the best months of the year for hiking, with warm weather and lower chance of rain. You can find my five favorite hikes in the greater Taipei area at the end of my things to do in Taipei article, as well as loads of other ideas for activities & attractions in Taipei.
April is also a great time for explorations on foot in Taipei, such as historical Di Hua Street and funky Ximending. On a clear day, head up to Taipei 101 Observatory for a bird’s eye view of the city, or climb adjacent Elephant Mountain for the postcard views. It’s also a pleasant time to visit Taipei Zoo or ride the Maokong Gondola next to it.
In April the cherry blossoms are done blooming in Taipei, but it’s a great month to witness another natural spectacle: fields of calla lilies growing in Zhuzihu, Yangmingshan National Park (the dormant volcano massif next to Taipei). You’ll know the season arrives when you see people carrying the tall white lilies all over Taipei.
April 2-5, 2022 is a 4-day long weekend in Taiwan. Monday, April 4 is Children’s Day, so you can expect any family-friendly places to be packed. Tuesday, April 5 is Tomb Sweeping Day, when locals head to graveyards (mostly outside of the city) to pay their respects, but in practice they tend to do this anytime during the weekend, or even on prior weekends. Still, it’s something to consider if you’re planning to make a day trip out of Taipei.
Urban Nomad Film Festival, the best indie film festival in Taiwan usually takes place from April to May (the 2021 event was indefinitely postponed). The festival usually kickstarts with a 3-day music festival at a great outdoor venue on Tiger Mountain. Meanwhile, art and design lovers will have a variety of events to choose from as a part of Creative Expo Taiwan, with venues including Huashan 1914 Creative Arts Park, Taipei Expo Park, and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.
Another arts event to watch for is the Treasure Hill Light Festival, which in 2021 took place from March 27 to May 9. It’s an annual event, so it should take place at a similar time in 2022.
On the 14th day of the third lunar month (April 14, 2022), the eve of Baosheng Emperor’s birthday, Bao An Temple puts on its annual parade.
Easter is not celebrated in any visible way in Taipei.
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Taiwan in April: Best Places to Visit
April is a great time for exploring cities, hiking, or visiting outdoor attractions across Taiwan, such as Taroko Gorge in Hualien. It’s also just right for hitting the beach in the far south, for example in Kenting or Dulan, or exploring the many things to do in Yilan in northeastern Taiwan.
The April long weekend (April 2-5, 2022) is often referred to as Spring Scream in Kenting. The original Spring Scream music festival was an alternative/rock-oriented music & arts festival that ran from 1995 to 2019 and was usually held on the grassland at Eluanbi Lighthouse on the southernmost tip of Taiwan.
In 2021, the festival was replaced with a government-run indie music festival called Taiwan Music Festival. The free event took place on the main beach in Kenting (墾丁大灣) from April 1-3 in 2021, and a similar event may take place in 2022.
Kenting is still THE place to be for the April long weekend, with many other parties usually organized in the area over the long weekend. Accommodations in Kenting are notoriously overpriced in Kenting, especially on the long weekend, so do book early or consider camping in the area.
Spring Wave, a pop and electronic music festival which in the past also took place in Hengchun, Kenting area, was held at Baishawan beach in Northern Taiwan on April 23-25. Tickets were sold here. The 2022 venue for the event is not yet known.
The Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival at Fulong Beach, one of the most popular beaches with easy reach from Taipei, usually kicks off in mid to late April (in 2021 it didn’t begin until the end of May). The festival features some truly impressive and enormous sand sculptures, and really is a must-see!
April is the tail end of the cherry blossom season; you can still see them in the high mountains, such as at Alishan, but with limited hotels at the popular tourist resort, you’ll need to book a room at Alishan way, way in advance to be there for the cherry blossoms (even when foreign tourism is down; Alishan is really popular among locals, too!) The government even announced this year it will be limiting how many vehicles can get up there during cherry blossom seasons, but this won’t affect public transportation.
And unfortunately there are no hostel or budget accommodations up there; visiting as a day trip from Chiayi is a perfect alternative. Also make sure to reserve your Alishan Forest Railway tickets two weeks in advance if you plan to ride the historic train to get there. You can ride the short train rides within the scenic area without making a reservation, though.
Besides cherry blossoms, April also marks the start of the Tung Blossom season. Described as “April (or May) snow”, locals love to stand under trees as the wind blows the white pedals to the ground. Tung Blossoms are associated with Hakka culture, and the best places to see them are in Taoyuan and Miaoli. Some of the best spots for seeing them are listed here.
The annual Matsu pilgrimage, one of the largest pilgrimages in the world, took place from April 9-18 in 2021. It celebrates Matsu’s birthday, which will be on April 23 in 2022. The exact dates of the pligrimage vary by year and are usually determined by an oracle in early spring. The pilgrimage starts at ends at Zhenlan Temple in Dajia District in Taichung, visiting dozens of temples in four different counties.
April is the first month that I would personally consider visiting the offshore islands such as Green Island, Penghu, or Orchid Island. Before then, the islands are cold and windy, with reduced services. May and June are best for perfect weather before it gets super hot and crowded in summer, but late April would likely be fine as well.
The Penghu International Fireworks Festival ran from April 22, 2021 to June 28 in 2021 (there are usually about two displays per week). It’s an annual event not to be missed, and should be held around the same time in 2022.
A small, underground electronic music festival called Organik usually takes place in April, but it remains to be known whether an event will be held in 2022.
Conclusion: Is April a good time to visit Taiwan?
Yes, it is! With warm weather and relatively little rain, April is a great time for just about everything in Taiwan.
A diverse range of options for an April trip to Taiwan can include partying on the beach in the Kenting, taking in the cherry blossoms in the high mountains, or participating in the Matsu pilgrimage, one of the greatest folk celebrations of the year in Taiwan.
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