With sunny, pleasantly crisp weather and stunning foliage all around, autumn in Taiwan makes it impossible not to fall in love with this destination.
Fall foliage is one of the most breathtaking sights in the natural world. While there are a number of destinations where it’s possible to witness the spectacular phenomenon, one of the best places to do so is Taiwan.
From September to early December, vibrant autumn leaves light up the outdoors. People from various countries flock here to witness the maple trees aflame as canopies of gold and crimson trees offer a pleasant cover and a mesmerizing sight on the streets.
In this guide, KKday has gathered the best places in Taiwan to experience the magical autumn glow.
One of Taiwan’s biggest and most beautiful national parks, the Alishan Forest Recreation Area is a must-visit destination at any time of the year. It’s extremely popular among tourists during spring when a thick foliage of cherry blossoms appear.
However, Alishan is just as pretty during autumn when ancient maple trees transform into deep shades of red, a beautiful contrast to the blue skies and towering mountain ranges. Wake up extra early to witness the sunrise over Alishan, painting the landscape with even more fiery colors.
Discover the many wonders of the national park with a fun day tour with KKday.
Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area
Located in Yilan, the mountainous region of Taipingshan features lush forests that burst with color and vibrance all year round. The maple leaves in Taipingshan are in all shades of the spectrum, from bright yellows to rich reds to deep purples, offering visitors an awesome sight they’re unlikely to see anywhere else.
Explore these stunning forests up close on a day tour of Taipingshan with KKday or venture to the park on your own.
Yangmingshan National Park
Another national park that’s strikingly big and beautiful is Yangmingshan National Park, which is known for its idyllic, tranquil atmosphere despite being quite close to the city. Every year, the park transforms, with a fiery blanket sweeping over the forests and leaving all the leaves in autumn colors.
Whether you’re leaf-peeping or interested in Yangmingshan’s hot springs and sulphur deposits, the national park is definitely a must-see. It’s only a half an hour away from Taipei by car or bus, but travelers who want a more complete experience can try KKday’s guided private car service of Yangmingshan National Park.
Aowanda National Forest
Travel to Aowanda National Forest in Nantou, where the scarlet trees steal the show every autumn. It’s a stunning place for a stroll along the woods or a light trek with streams and waterfalls hiding just beyond sight. Exotic birds will occasionally call out to each other and fly overhead.
Book a half day tour of Aowanda Forest Recreation Area and discover the natural wonders of Nantou.
The country’s third-largest reservoir, Shihmen Reservoir is worth a visit during a trip to Taiwan, especially in autumn when towering maple trees provide shade by the glassy waters. It’s an underrated tourist destination, but the scenery and pretty trails may draw more travelers in the future.
Before leaving the reservoir area, drop by one of the many sashimi restaurants in the area and feast on some of the freshly caught sashimi from the waters.
The picture-perfect Wuling Farm is one of the best places to enjoy the sight of golden maple trees in autumn, although it’s more known for its cherry blossoms in spring.
Found in Taichung, the eco-tourism oasis is a favorite for leaf-peeping, trekking, camping, and bird-watching. Choose one of the pristine trails that will take you deeper into the heart of the forest where more vibrant hues await.
If you have the time, drop by the nearby Fushoushan Farm, which is also part of Taichung and often dubbed as Petite Switzerland. It’s known for its great range of flora, which transforms into a particularly stunning landscape during autumn.
Taroko National Park
The Taroko National Park is famous for its fantastic view of the Taroko Gorge as well as the Eternal Spring Shrine and numerous trails caves, cliffs, hot springs, and other natural sights. Sign up for a KKday tour to make sure you hit all the best spots in the expansive national park.
Like many parks on this list, Taroko National Park becomes an exquisite wonderland when autumn brings its golden hues to the outdoors. Autumn also sees the Taroko National Park hosting the annual Taroko Music Festival, which is held in different spots across the park every year.