Taiwan is a beautiful, progressive Asian country, although tiny. Its counties and townships away from the major cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung are clean, orderly and on the road of development. A county located in Central Taiwan is picturesque Nantou, home of the world famous Sun Moon Lake. Weather in Nantou is basically warm, but since the city has more mountainous terrains than plains, there are a number of cold spots on the elevated area. It snows on top of Nantou’s Joy Mountain.
Generally, Taiwan has wet and humid summers, with short and mild winters. The country has two seasons – hot and cold, as most countries in tropical Asia experience. Taiwan’s hot months are from May to October, while the cold months are from November to March. Winter days can be as cold as 10°C. Unlike in snowing Western countries, however, a heat wave can strike anytime during Taiwan’s winter months. At the same time, rain and thunderstorms can suddenly happen on hot sunny days. In summer, humidity levels can go as high as 80%.
The real challenge in Taiwan is that it often gets battered by rains and typhoons. For example, the country was hit in the past by a devastating typhoon, Typhoon Morakot, and the county of Nantou was one of the worst-hit areas, needing to undergo extensive reconstruction of many roads and bridges following. It rains a lot in Taiwan, experiencing about three to five typhoons a year, primarily because the country is hit by two monsoons every year – the northeast monsoon from October to March and the southwest monsoon from May to September.
Besides the typhoon, Nantou and the rest of the country basically have inviting weather all year round. Nantou weather is fairly cooler and more pleasant than other parts in Taiwan because of the mountain ranges in Central Taiwan. The best time to visit Nantou is during the clear months of spring and fall when its hills and plains have abundant and colorful foliage.
Nantou County is the largest county in Taiwan and the only county that doesn’t have a coastline. It is not near the sea, which makes it less humid than any other regions in the country. Because of the rich natural resources of Nantou County, it is referred to as “Mother Earth of Taiwan”. Average temperature up on the mountains is 20° Celsius. The rainy season is from April to September why the dry months are October through March.
Nantou City (23º 919N and 120º 675E) is the capital city of Nantou County. Located between Wugong Hill and Jhongliao Township, Nantou City is rectangular in shape and marked by hills and valleys. There are rich rice paddies and tea gardens scattered throughout, creating picturesque spots of land. Nantou climate is very pleasant that it is considered by many as the “Swiss in the East”. Its most beautiful spot is the Sun Moon Lake that is bordered by picturesque misty mountains. The average temperature is a cozy 23º C. As in the whole of Taiwan, Nantou has abundant rain; the average annual rainfall is 2,100 millimeters. Generally, the weather of Nantou is pleasant, but tourists should check and avoid any looming typhoons.