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I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

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I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

Postby AsianAmerican » 10 Dec 2015, 05:03

Hello,

I will be visiting Taiwan on this Saturday. The trip will just be for a week and so I don't think I will have time to visit the whole country. I will just focus on a region.

During this time, which region of Taiwan is the best for visiting?

I am interested in food, historical sites, souvenir shopping, and meeting people.

I am thinking about going to Taipei but I heard that it is rainy over there around this time.

Thanks for your answers.
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Re: I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

Postby Feiren » 10 Dec 2015, 07:18

I would suggest the Tainan/Kaohsiung area at this time of year. You are much more likely to get sunny weather. Tainan is justly renowned for its food, it has the most historical sites in Taiwan, and the people are friendly and laid back. Not sure about souvenirs but I'm sure you'll find something. The wikitravel article has a good coverage. I suggest that for day trips you go to to the Nankunshen temple on the coast--check with the tourist office about one of the many days that there are ritual activities there. I'd also suggest going to the hot spring resort of Guanziling to get out of the city. Kaohsiung is great too.
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Re: I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

Postby hannes » 10 Dec 2015, 07:19

AsianAmerican wrote:Hello,

I will be visiting Taiwan on this Saturday. The trip will just be for a week and so I don't think I will have time to visit the whole country. I will just focus on a region.

During this time, which region of Taiwan is the best for visiting?

I am interested in food, historical sites, souvenir shopping, and meeting people.

I am thinking about going to Taipei but I heard that it is rainy over there around this time.

Thanks for your answers.


Taipei is your first option of course, cause it's the biggest city and it has food, history, shopping and lots of people. It's raining right now and weather is not perfect, but on the weekend it might clear up. Weather fronts are coming in from mainland China in succession this time of the year, bringing cooler temperatures and rain. The further south you go, the less chance of rain. So you might consider Tainan/Kaohsiung for city visits if you don't like the rain. In Taipei, check out Tamsui at the mouth of the Tamsui River. A small town with historic sites and sunsets (if the weather is fine).
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Re: I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

Postby hannes » 10 Dec 2015, 07:22

I second feiren's suggestion of Guanziling. You can cover yourself in gray mud when hot-spring bathing there. :) Nankunshen, mmhh. Not sure if it's convenient to get there, if you rely on public transport. There are plenty of temples in central Tainan, so you might want to stick to the city.
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Re: I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

Postby AsianAmerican » 10 Dec 2015, 11:51

Thanks for the replies.

I might spend the first few days in Taipei since the weather forecasts said it won't be raining for that time. After that, I will probably spend the rest of the week in Tainan.
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Re: I am visiting Taiwan from December 12 to 19.

Postby Feiren » 10 Dec 2015, 15:35

There's lots to do in Taipei and it may not matter what the weather is like for city activities like shopping, nightlife, eating, and museum going. But do note that the weather forecasts are unreliable (small island near big ocean) and the weather has been unstable recently. Don't be surprised if it rains in Taipei in spite of the forecast. Have fun!
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