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March is a pleasant time to visit Taiwan. Everyone is back to work after the Lunar New Year holiday, and there are no national holidays in Taiwan in March to disrupt your travel plans.
March in Taiwan is the tail end of winter. Lingering chilly weather and a moderate amount of drizzling rain in Taipei and other parts of Northern Taiwan mean that temperatures are still suitable for visiting hot springs. In Southern Taiwanese cities such as Tainan and Kaohsiung, things are already starting to heat up a little, and even Taipei is usually starting to feel warmer by the end of March.
Certain types of cherry blossom, azaleas (beginning mid-month), and calla lilies (beginning late month) bloom in March, making it a great time for flower viewing.
Due to the mild weather and lack of major events & tourist crowds, March is ideal for long days of walking, rural exploration, and experiencing everyday life in Taiwan.
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Is Taiwan Safe to Visit in March 2020?
Essential resources for the latest pandemic updates and how they are affecting travel to Taiwan:
As of March 19, Taiwan has barred entry to Taiwan to all non-residents. Unless you are a citizen of Taiwan or have an ARC (Alien Resident Card), you will not be permitted to enter Taiwan. Anyone with a flight ticket to Taiwan in March 2020 should try to cancel it.
I have written this article as if everything were normal in world of travel right now, which obviously it is not. You can pretty much assume that every major event I mention in this article has either been canceled or postponed. As far as major tourist attractions in Taiwan go, most remain open, but you will surely want to double check that before you go. As restrictions are changing daily, I cannot ensure that the information I present in this article will remain the same on the day of your visit.
Taipei Weather in March
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In Taipei in March, winter weather can seem to drag on. Taipei’s winters are dominated by gray, overcast skies. The chilliest it can get is around 10°C (50°F), with the average low being 15°C (59°F) and the average high being 22°C (72°F).
March in Taipei has the most number of days of rain of the year (16 days, 180mm), but rain at this time tends to be not much more than a drizzle. Taipei is the rainiest big city in Taiwan.
If you are coming from the tropics, you may find the weather in Taipei in March quite cold. And for those who come from really cold countries like I do, you may laugh at these numbers, but it’s important to note that, coupled with the high humidity, 10°C can really chill you to the bones, especially when it rains. Few places have interior heating, so apartments or hotels can feel like they are damp and cool as outside.
With some luck, you can also have warm, clear, sunny days in Taipei in March.
What to wear in Taipei in March
It’s important to bring layers. Personally I find a good thermal shirt under a hoodie is more than enough for slightly chilly March nights, and on nicer March days I’m already wearing a T-shirt and shorts, although most locals are still sporting jackets.
The chilliest days will be when it rains, so remember to bring appropriate rain gear, or buy an umbrella/poncho from any 7-Eleven if/when you need it.
Taiwan Weather in March
As soon as you journey south from Taipei, you are less likely to encounter rain in March. For example, Tainan in the south receives only 5 days of rain (40mm) in March. The south of Taiwan is also about 5 degrees warmer than Taipei in March (average low 18°C/64°F, average high 26°C/79°F). This means that most major cities in Taiwan besides Taipei are already experiencing T-shirt weather in March.
Taroko Gorge is only slightly warmer than Taipei, but with higher winds on the east coast of Taiwan, it can feel just as cold.
What to wear in Taiwan in March
Toss a few long sleeves and a light jacket into your luggage, but chances are you won’t be using them much in the daytime in the south of Taiwan. Unless of course you are heading to the mountains, in which case winter clothing is still a must.
It’s always a good idea to bring rain gear in Taiwan, but if you forget, you can always pick up an umbrella or poncho at any 7-Eleven.
Taipei in March: Best Things to Do
Mild weather is perfect for doing some city explorations on foot. Dive back into Taipei’s history by following my walking tour of Dadaocheng neighborhood, or see what kind of weird & colorful surprises you can find in Ximending.
March is one of the best months to see cherry blossoms in Taipei. The most gorgeous display is at Tianyuan Temple in Danshui, one of the most beautiful temples in Taiwan. The temple’s second round of blooming (different types of cherry blossoms there bloom at different times) usually takes places for 7-10 days sometime in March, so make sure to keep your eye on the most recent cherry blossom forecasts. It is also possible to see cherry blossoms on Yangmingshan, the dormant volcano that is partially in Taipei City, in March.
Besides cherry blossoms, another pretty flower than blooms in March is the azalea, the official flower of Taipei City. The flowers can be seen in Da’An Forest Park, the largest park in Taipei, and a series of events related to the flower take place in the park from March 14 to April 5. The end of March is also when calla lilies start to bloom Zhuzihu in Yangmingshan National Park, which is yet another natural spectacle to behold.
Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, celebrates her birthday on the 19th day of the lunar calendar (March 12, 2020, March 31, 2021). A celebration of the event takes place at Longshan Temple (the most famous temple in Taipei) and other temple’s throughout the country. If you can’t make it for that, visit Longshan Temple any day at 6:00 or 8:00 A.M. for the morning chanting ceremony.
Stage 1 of the Tour de Taiwan, the largest cycling event in Taiwan, will take place in Taipei on March 1. You can find the route map and other info on the official website.
If the weather turns sour, head indoors at the National Palace Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, or the lesser-known Museum of World Religions. Hot spring lovers can indulge at Beitou Thermal Valley or by making a day trip from Taipei to the hot spring villages of Jiaoxi or Wulai.
In the evening, enjoy Taiwanese opera, Peking opera, and Aboriginal dance performances at TaipeiEYE.
Taiwan in March: Best Places to Visit
With warm but not overbearing temperatures in central and southern Taiwan, March is a great time to explore cities such as Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, and some days may be even be hot enough to start thinking about the beach.
Kenting, the beachy national park on the southern tip of Taiwan, is surely warming up by March and preparing for the wave of tourists that will come for the Spring Scream music festival in the 4-day long weekend at the beginning of April. Head there in March to beat the crowds!
In Taitung on the east coast, people surf year-round in Dulan but waves may still be pretty choppy and the water a little chilly in March. Taroko Gorge and Yilan County can be a little cold like Taipei at this time, but are still fine to visit.
In Alishan and other destinations in the Central Mountain Range, temperatures can still approach freezing in March. You’re unlikely to see snow, but you may still freeze your butt off if you don’t dress appropriately.
Sun Moon Lake, which sits at an elevation of 748 meters, can be a few degrees cooler than the major cities. In March, Yaesakuras, a very pink kind of cherry blossom, bloom around the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway (cable car). Tickets for the Ropeway are included on several of the Sun Moon Lake passes.
March is not a great time to visit the offshore islands of Taiwan, such as Penghu, Green Island, and Orchid Island. They can still be a little cold and windy, and transportation options may be limited.
A small underground music festival called Eden Hill Festival will take place in a remote location in Nantou Count from March 20-22, 2020 (update: the festival has been postponed).
Conclusion: Is March a good time to visit Taiwan?
In my opinion, there’s no bad time to visit Taiwan. March is a good choice for those who love hot springs, flower viewing, and exploring cities in mild weather, but want to skip the Lunar New Year crowds and lower temperatures of January and February.