|Maple leaves (Toshiyuki IMAI)|
A definite chill in the air coupled with the sly, subtle change of season that leaves an unmistakable colourful flair — soon it'll be the time of the year where summer melts into autumn again. Autumn in Taiwan is ideal for anything and everything (bless the weather); stop mourning if you missed the cherry blossoms in Japan earlier this year, it's time to gather your family and friends for a round of maple viewing. KKday scouted the whole of Taiwan to bring you the 5 best spot for maple viewing in Taiwan!
1. Xiao Wulai Scenic Area
|Small waterfall in Xiao Wulai Scenic Area (kuangchih cheng)|
Ask anyone about Xiao Wulai Scenic Area and you'll definitely hear compliments about Xiao Wulai Waterfall. Other than snapping your Instagram photos, prepare to be amazed by the outstanding amount of activities you can do in this nature lover's heaven. Don't forget to slow down your footsteps and appreciate the smaller things the wonders of nature can offer you while strolling through the beautiful sea of red.
|Maple leaf (Carol Lin)|
If you're interested in culture experiences, visit Wulai Atayal Museum for an in-depth explanation of the rituals, religious faith, customs and history of Atayal, Taiwan's second largest aboriginal group. Who knows, you might be deeply enlightened by their way of life!
After you've enjoyed the display of colours by the maple trees, feasted your eyes on Xiao Wulai Waterfall, indulged in Atayal's culture, it's time to whet your tastebuds with the snacks sold by the streets! After all, what's a visit to Taiwan without satisfying your street food cravings?
No. 34, Pubu Rd, Wulai District, New Taipei City, 233
Operating hours for Wulai Atayal Museum:
9:30am to 5pm
2. Malabon Hill
|Malabon Hill (Ban Jie)|
Raved by hikers and trekkers from all over Taiwan for its stunning display of colour during autumn, Manapan Mountain is also one of the best location in Taiwan for maple viewing according to locals.
|Maple leaves (Ming-yen Hsu)|
Nature lovers, rejoice! Manapan Mountain is home to a diversity of floral and fauna, making it the perfect place for you to wander around and observe them in their natural habitat. History lovers, you'd be please to know that Manapan Mountain holds remnant of how Taiwan defended against the Japanese during WWII. Go forth and explore!
264 Miaoli Country, Tahu Town, Taiwan
3. Aowanta National Forest Recreation Area
|Bridge at Aowanta National Forest Recreation Area (Ares Hsu)|
Located in Renai Town, Nantou County, Aowanta has a reputation amongst Taiwanese as the ultimate place to enjoy maple trees during autumn. It'd be wise for all travellers to heed the advice of locals!
Admire the maple leaves at the recreation area surrounded by the north and south stream before trekking along the 1.1km trail that leads you to three waterfalls. Time to stock up some Instagram pictures to post when you're back home! Take a deep breathe and clear your lungs when you stroll around the forest, let the gentle breeze caress you as the droplets from the waterfall splash against your face. Ahhh, what a time to be alive.
546 Nantou County, Ren’ai Township, Taiwan
8am to 5pm
4. Shimen Water Depot
Sure, you like to take things slow because you have all the time in the world when travelling, but bad traffic is definitely the one thing that hits the sore spot of everyone. Who likes waiting or having crowds of people photobomb your #ootd?
|Shimen Water Depot (Sui Yue Zhi Ge)|
You're in luck because Shihmen Dam has an unbelievably low level of traffic throughout the year. (Hipsters, are you reading this?)
|Maple leaves in Shimen Water Depot (Buddy8d)|
Shihmen Dam sounds like a place that's too boring to even make it to your itinerary, but you'll be delighted to know that the dam has a maple trail with absolutely phenomenon maple views during autumn. With warm colours splashed out all over accompanied by the cool blue of the water, Shihmen Dam provides a sight you don't want to miss in autumn. Here's the best part: a Maple Festival is held every autumn, allowing visitors a taste of the area's best catch — fresh sashimi!
Taoyuan City, Longtan Area
5. Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area
|Taiping Shan National Forest Recreation Area (Ray Yu)|
You've seen red, orange and brown maple leaves but have you seen purple ones? Red maple leaves are a common sighting all year round on Taipingshan and purple maple leaves only appear during autumn. Don't be too taken aback when you see the entire place decorated with purple maple leaves instead of the usual ocean of red ones!
|Purple maple leaves (F. D. Richards)|
If you wish to tour the whole of Taipingshan, hop on to a motor-tricycle to have the entire Taipingshan ingrained in your memory. You can also relieve your muscle aches accumulated through the long hours sitting in front a screen by soaking in a hot spring found at the foot of the mountain.
267 Taiping Lane, Nan'ao Yilan County No. 1 of 58
Monday to Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday and public holidays: 4am to 8pm
Summer holidays (July and August): 3:30am to 8pm
Summer is ending and autumn is just around the corner; hurry and get your notebook out and start planning your itinerary to Taiwan this autumn! Stressing about what else to do in Taiwan? KKday has a few guides for you.
>> Your Complete Guide to Kenting
>> The Most Comprehensive Guide to Green Island
>> 10 Things you Must Eat in Penghu
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