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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 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!
For more general information about traveling in Taiwan, see my Taiwan travel blog for first-timers!
2021 Note: At the time of writing, international tourists are not permitted to enter Taiwan. I will update this space if any changes are made by April 2021. Open travel is extremely unlikely by April; at best I would say there could be travel bubbles with a select few countries by then.
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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, 2021 is a 4-day long weekend in Taiwan. Friday, April 2 is Children’s Day, so you can expect any family-friendly places (and highways going out of the city) to be packed. Sunday, April 4 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 festival usually kickstarts with a 3-day music festival at a great outdoor venue on Tiger Mountain.
Easter is not celebrated in any visible way in Taiwan.
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, 2021) is referred to as Spring Scream in Kenting. The original Spring Scream music festival is an alternative/rock-oriented music & arts festival that has been running since 1995 and is usually held on the grassland at Eluanbi Lighthouse on the southernmost tip of Taiwan. However, due to decreasing popularity, the Spring Scream Rock Music Festival has been moved to a different venue in recent years. The 2021 event will take place; keep an eye on their website for the location announcement.
However, Kenting is still THE place to be for the April long weekend, with other big parties taking over (especially electronic and beach parties, notably Spring Wave Music Festival in Hengchun). The Main Street of Kenting takes on a real party vibe over the whole weekend and there’s always something going on.
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, but you have until August to check it out. The festival features some truly impressive and enormous sand sculptures, and really is a must-see!
On the 14th day of the third lunar month (April 25, 2021), the eve of Baosheng Emperor’s birthday, Bao An Temple puts on its annual parade.
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!)
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.
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 usually begins in April and runs for several months. It’s an event not to be missed!
A small, underground electronic music festival called Organik usually takes place in April.
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.