In the Philippines, we have two seasons. As a friend of mine would say, we only have the Hot Season and the Hotter Season =D. It’s hot all year round in the Philippines. In Taiwan, they also have two seasons, a hot season (from May to October) and a cool season (from
November to April). It does not snow in Taiwan (except on the mountains), but it does get as cold as 5C during the winter.
The map on the left, courtesy of Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau,shows today’s weather forecast (February) so you have an idea where the warmer places are… down South! You should make it a habit to visit the website of Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.
This site shows you the weekly and monthly weather forecast fairly accurately. It also has records of recent Earthquakes in Taiwan (Yes! Earthquakes are pretty frequent in this island).
Quick Taiwan Tip: Since it gets a bit cold in Taiwan, you will need two sets of clothes – one set for the hot season and one set for the cold season. Of course, if you’re not from the Philippines (or you live in Baguio City), and are used to cold weather, you already know this! You would also notice from the map that the Urban Areas of Taiwan are on the edges of the Island – so this means most of these areas are coastal towns/cities, which means, aside from the cold weather, you have to think about the wind from the sea, which adds up to the chill factor(especially if you are going to Hsin Chu area… it’s pretty windy up there).
By the way, this week, the Chinese are celebrating their Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Rat! Let’s greet them by saying:
Xin nián kuài lè / Happy New Year!!!
But did you know the history of the Chinese New Year? It is the most important holiday for Chinese all around the world and it all started out of fear! There was this one famous dragon named Nian who would eat villagers every start of the calendar year. And so to solve this problem, the leaders of the village consulted their village sage who adivsed them to wear red for it was discovered that Nian feared anything red. And it worked! The next calendar year, with the people all dressed in red, Nian never dared go near the village and have his yearly snack, bringing luck to the village from then on. And so it goes that all Chinese people around the world would wear red on new year’s eve to bring them luck and prosperity the following year! So come visit Taiwan and celebrate the entry of the year!
You may also consider visiting the country of origin of this holiday. Plan out your China tours in 2014 so there will be a proper preparation to really enjoy this special day for the Chinese.