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Planning Travels to Taiwan in 2018

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

I am planning a trip to Taiwan this year to visit the outlying islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu and/or Lanyu and will like to share my considerations for planning the trip — or trips. You are welcomed to share other considerations that I may have overlooked.

Public Holidays in Taiwan

With reference to this website (on, the national holidays of Taiwan are as follow:

  • New Year's Day (1st Jan — already over)

  • Chinese New Year (16-20 Feb, Friday-Tuesday)

  • 228 Memorial Day (28 Feb, Wednesday)

  • Children's Day (4 April, Wednesday)

  • Tomb Sweeping Day (5 April, Thursday)

  • Labour Day (1st May, Tuesday)

  • Dragon Boat Festival (18 Jun, Monday)

  • Mid-Autumn Festival (24 Sept, Monday)

  • National Day (10 Oct, Wednesday)

Notice that the Chinese New Year public holidays is 5 days — so avoid this period. The 15th day will be on 2nd March and is Lantern Day (observance only). Most Taiwanese tourists will flock to Shifen Old Street, in Pingxi District (平溪十分老街), to "fly" lanterns.