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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Taipei

Peak Season: February; June to August

Chinese New Year (late January or early February, date shifts annually) is festive, especially the Lantern Festival, but hotels are jammed with visiting families, which means accommodation rates are often doubled. In summer, Taipei’s uncomfortably humid weather doesn’t seem to deter the hordes of tourists on summer break.

Off Season: November to January

Off season instantly becomes Peak Season if Chinese New Year falls in January. Though weather is “colder,” the tropical climate means winter is comfortable, if drizzly, so it’s a good time to take advantage of the trails in Yangmingshan National Park.

Sweet Spot: September to October; March to May

During “Ghost Month” (begins in August or September, dates shift annually), the city is filled with elaborate rituals, the smell of burning “spirit money,” and parades of lanterns, dragon dancers, and drummers. Taiwanese don’t generally travel during Ghost Month, so hotel rates tend to be low. In March, the cherry trees are still blossoming, airline rates are at their lowest, and the weather is mild.

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