Visiting Taipei & Taiwan in March 2021

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The month of March is a pleasantly low-key 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 in Taiwan. 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, tulips (until mid-March), azaleas (beginning mid-month), and calla lilies (beginning late month) bloom in March, making it one of the best months of the year 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. See how March compares to other months of the year in my guide to the best season to visit Taiwan.

I will update this article with more specific travel information and dates for March events in Taiwan as March 2021 approaches, so stay tuned!

 

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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.

 

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Taiwan Weather in March

The weather in Taiwan in March in the high mountains is still very cold, such as here at Alishan, waiting for the sunrise
Make sure to dress warm if you’re getting up early for the sunrise at Alishan!

 

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.

Similarly, Sun Moon Lake can still be chilly due to its higher elevation (748 meters above sea level), while Alishan and Cingjing Farm may be close to freezing.

 

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.

 

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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. Also try some of these great day trips from Taipei, including Jiufen and Shifen Waterfall.

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; the first round blooms in February) 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, and there are even a few cherry trees that bloom at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

 

Seeing cherry blossoms is one of the best March events in Taipei
Cherry blossoms at Tianyuan Temple in Danshui District, New Taipei City

 

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. Last but not least, a tulip show takes places at Chiang Kai-shek Residence Park in Shilin until around mid-March.

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.

 

Hot springs are one of the best things to do in Taipei in March
Got the chills? Head to Beitou Hot Spring!

 

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.

For loads of other ideas, see my list of 50 things to do in Taipei and how to plan your Taipei itinerary.

 

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. March is the last month that you can see flocks of Taiwanese Purple Crow butterflies at Maolin National Scenic Area in Kaohsiung and Pingtung.

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. If the chills get to you, head directly to Jiaoxi Hot Spring or off-the-beaten-track Wenshan Hot Spring.

 

Taroko Gorge, one of the best places to visit in Taiwan in March
Taroko Gorge is stunning no matter what the weather is like.

 

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.

The best places to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan in March are Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village at Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, Sun Link Sea (Shanlinxi) in Nantou (make sure to check out Xitou Monster Village on the way), and the Tainan Police Station in Tainan City.

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).

For other ideas on what to do in Taiwan, see my proposed 50 things to do in Taiwan and how to plan your Taiwan itinerary.

 

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.

 

20 thoughts on “Visiting Taipei & Taiwan in March 2021”

  1. That is incredibly helpful information and reassurance! I booked a trip to Taiwan few months ago, before the coronavirus became a thing and I have been indecisive whether I should cancel the trip altogether and lose bunch money or stick with it. Being a good son, I am bringing my 74 year old mother on this trip – a birthday gift for her (… but also I get to treat myself also.) I took notes from the rest of your blog, places to see and places to dine at. You have an awesome blog, extremely instrumental! So thank YOU!

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    • Hey Tervel,
      I’m really glad you found some useful info on my site and that you will still be going to Taiwan! Enjoy your trip, and let me know if you have any questions!
      Nick

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  2. I find this so informative and not misleading. We’ve had heard lots of news about Taiwan amid coronavirus hitting us globally and it’s kind of urging us to not push through. I’ve been trying to search for articles if Taiwan’s a safe place to go to at the moment. Is going north (Keelung, Yangmingshan) still safe? Thank you for this!

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    • Hi Anne,
      Yes, these places are incredibly safe. Only one person has died in Taiwan, and he was an old man who was already sick. Many people have died from other causes, including the regular flu, which is normal in most countries in the world. 23.5 million people still live there every day and don’t get sick.
      Still, you will find that most people in Taiwan are wearing masks and pretty worried about the disease.
      The safest thing you can do is just wash your hands a lot, don’t touch your face, basically normal ways to prevent getting sick.
      The main problem that could disrupt your travel plans if any airline bans affect your travel route to arrive in Taiwan.
      Best of luck, and enjoy your trip!

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      • I’m relieved, thanks Nick! I have booked my ticket early January but suddenly the Philippine government had initially banned flights to and from Taiwan. I felt happy when my flight got reinstated however, the situation in Taiwan somehow worries me. I hope night markets still function in early March cos I heard there’s a slight tendency they won’t. Anyhow, thank you ever so much 🙂

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        • I don’t think the night markets in Taiwan will ever close, but definitely there are way less people than usual right now.
          I’m very glad the Philippines removed that travel ban.
          Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Hi Nick! 🙂

    Not sure if you would know but can I check with you if travelers coming from country level 2 alert, would be able to enter into taiwan, please? If yes, would they be able to leave their hotel to explore places in taiwan? What does self health management mean?

    Thank you so much! 🙂

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    • Yes, you will have no problem entering Taiwan. “Self management” only means you need to watch your own health condition. If you start to feel sick, you should go to a clinic.
      Life is pretty normal in Taiwan, all businesses are open, and you are 100% free to go out and travel around as as you wish. Some shops might check your temperature before you go in, and many locals are wearing masks when they go out. If you want masks, you should bring them from your country.

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  4. Thank you so much for this very useful info sir!
    Now I’m relieved. we have flight with my husband for taiwan on march 14.
    again,thank you for this.

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  5. Hi Nick,

    Thank you very much for this post and all the information on your site. I’ve seen an announcement saying that visitors with a history of travel to Mainland China, HK and Macau shall be subjected to 14 days of quarantine. Here’s the link: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/s6yOhz54edJS-AxHmWoQwg?typeid=158
    This seems rather excessive, as it doesn’t refer to a specific time period. I’ve been to the Mainland about two months ago, so would that mean that I’d have to be quarantined? Have you heard of anyone in a similar situation? Do you perhaps know where I can check this? Didn’t see a way of contacting the Taiwan Center for Disease Control…

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    • Hi Gleb,
      I’m happy to say I’ve got the answer for you. The Chinese version of the same page has more details.
      https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Bulletin/Detail/1zju1tUkpdNEVzeNvvA7CQ?typeid=9
      It says that the home quarantine applies to anyone who visited China on or later than February 6, 2020. If you went to China before February 6, you should be in the clear. My wife (who is Taiwanese) has checked the page, and we also just called them to confirm.
      It makes sense, too, since the virus can’t remain dormant in you for that long.

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      • Thank you very much! I did try to check the Chinese version, to see if anything was “lost in translation,” but didn’t find any references to a specific time period. It only says that the measures are based on some law, and on the February 6 regulation (according to which people with a history of travel to China etc. must be under home quarantine for 14 days from the day of entering Taiwan).

        But what I failed to notice, is that the home quarantine thing dates back to the aforementioned regulation from February 6, and the actual topic of the “new” announcement, is the “smart tracking measures,” as well as the fine. In other words, it adds nothing of substance to the previous restrictions.

        Of course, the February 6 regulation also uses “history of travel” in a vague manner. However, this means that the more detailed regulations, published around the same time as the February 6 regulation, are there to provide the specific details, rather than what I erroneously thought to be a new regulation adding vagueness to the specific regulations.

        So that “history of travel” only refers to the 14 days prior to one’s arrival. This is also the answer I got from the National Immigration Agency and from my local Taiwanese consular service. The former specifically referred me to the following regulations as being the relevant ones (a rather handy chart, by the way): https://ifi.immigration.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=18748&ctNode=36570&mp=ifi_en
        The latter referred me to Q5 in the FAQ section from this page on the Bureau Of Consular Affairs site:
        https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5081-c06dc-2.html

        Again, thank you very much for your help, especially for calling them for confirmation 🙂

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        • Hey Gleb,
          Sorry it took me a while to get to this, but after a similar conclusion drawn by another traveler, and after a second (very lengthy) phone call by my wife to the Taiwan Center for Disease control, I can confirm that yes, this policy was simply enacted from Feb. 6, but the current rule is that anyone who has visited China/HK/Macau in the 14 days before coming to Taiwan will not be allowed to enter Taiwan, and those who only transit in China or HK en route to Taiwan will be subject to a 14 day home quarantine upon arrival in Taiwan. The chart you shared is correct, and is the most recent info. Thanks for sharing that and for calling attention to this important issue on my site.

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