Known globally for its upscale shops, modern architecture, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife, Taipei City is on many travel bucket lists. If you are wondering when to visit the Taiwan capital, there couldn’t be a better time than autumn. With welcoming temperatures and striking natural beauty, Taipei City promises to give its visitors unforgettable memories. The warm autumn colours – scarlet and violet – assure that you have one of the most heartwarming tête-à-têtes with nature. We’ve rounded up some of the top spots in Taipei city to witness God’s work of art at its best.
Yangmingshan National Park
Give a taste of fresh mountain air to your lungs by visiting this stunning national park, just a bus ride away from the busy city. With long, well-maintained hiking trails, clear lakes, relaxing hot springs, verdant grasslands and refreshing waterfalls, this vast natural area will give you the much-needed break from the city’s concrete jungles. While the Yangmingshan National Park is a pretty sight throughout the year, it receives an alluring makeover during autumn. The numerous maple trees in the park, especially along the Flower Clock trail, stun you with their orange and violet hues.
The park also has a special Autumn Silver Grass Tour which promises to take visitors back in history. This unique 6.6km-long trail will give you the perfect chance to enjoy autumn foliage amid abandoned vegetable gardens, bridges, and farmlands. Adding to the beauty will be the famous silvergrass flowers. Whether you are seeking serene solitude or quality family time, Yangmingshan National Park promises to satiate your heart. To enrich your autumn experience, pick one of these apartments that promise to make you feel ‘at home’ – something hotels can never do.
1. Furnished 3-bedroom apartment
If there was only one thing we could mention to make you fall in love with this apartment, location would be it. Located conveniently opposite a metro station, this clean and roomy apartment is ideal for a family of six. Travellers with kids can rejoice since the apartment’s fully functional kitchen, fridge, washing machine, and all the restaurants in the vicinity promise a smooth stay. Plus, the host is friendly and responsive. So, you can completely focus on snapping those Insta-worthy photos of autumn’s beauty without worrying about the basics. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the famous Shilin Nightmarket, located close to the apartment. It is the ideal place not just to shop but also to try some fun games, karaoke bars, and video arcades while sipping delicious bubble tea.
Average price per night: SGD 154
2. Stylish apartment near MRT station
Perfect for a couple, this conveniently located one-bedroom HomeAway will provide you with all the comforts you need to have a fabulous stay. The house is located just a couple of minutes away from an MRT station, bus station, supermarkets, restaurants, shops, and street food stalls. Enjoy landscapes decorated by crimson maple trees at the Yangmingshan National Park; shop your heart out at Tianmu Marketplace; and soak your feet in the rejuvenating Beitou Hot Springs – all close to the apartment. After a satisfying day, come home to enjoy the spa massage shower system. What more could you ask for?
Average price per night: SGD 120
Located just around 25km from modern and fast-paced Taipei is the rustic and urban aboriginal village of Wulai. Stepping into Wulai is like stepping back in time, thanks to its Taiwanese aboriginals (especially the Atayal tribe) inhabitants, abundant natural hot springs, striking handicrafts, grandiose mountains, and dazzling waterfalls. Select your favourite hiking trail and soak in astonishing views from the top or have an introspection session while relaxing in a hot spring. While Wulai’s natural beauty is remarkable throughout the year, in autumn, the scarlet maple leaves add a beautiful blush to the village. Wulai is awash with maple trees and that’s why is one of the best autumn foliage viewing spots near Taipei. Stay at one of these HomeAways to have a treasured trip:
1. Riverside holiday apartment
This apartment blends the stylish interiors of a hotel with the comforts of a home perfectly. Located in a new building, this cosy apartment offers impressive views and is well connected to various sightseeing spots in the city. With two beautiful rooms, booking this well-priced apartment also gives you access to the gym, public pool, and playground. It is close to Wulai hot springs so you can spend all the time you want relaxing under the autumn-special gold and red coloured maple trees. Did we forget to mention that the host is known to be extremely helpful and kind?
Average price per night: SGD 87
2. Lake view house near Wulai
If reading about Wulai’s scenic beauty has tempted you to select a location close to nature for your stay, look no further. Wake up to magnificent views of lush green mountains and a clear, turquoise blue lake when you book this elegantly furnished HomeAway. Your eyes can feast on these views while your lungs enjoy the fresh air. After a long day of clicking numerous selfies with the surrounding maple trees, how about taking a refreshing boat ride in the lake or cycling through the massive park just below the apartment? This kid-friendly apartment is located close to the Taipei Railway Station, various restaurants, and fast food chains.
Accommodates: 4; Average price per night: SGD 412
Lala Mountain Nature Reserve
If a beautiful poetry on nature could come alive, Lala Mountain Nature Reserve would be it. Ancient gigantic trees, flowers in colours you would have never seen, and soothing greenery as far as your eyes can see – visiting this place is like jumping into Mother Nature’s lap quite literally. Hike your way up, soak your feet in a playful stream, or relax under a century-old tree – the choice is yours. While Lala Mountain Nature Reserve is a pleasure to visit in any season, autumn brings out the best in it. After all, nothing beats the dance of red and gold maple leaves as they fall on the lush green ground. Visit this wonderland for the fresh air, wondrous views, and of course, unforgettable autumn foliage. Make this stay extra special by booking one of these comfortable HomeAways:
Guesthouse perfect for families
If you are a family of four to six people, here is the ideal three-bedroom apartment for your stay. Located in Taoyuan City, this cosy, clean and comfortable home is surrounded by convenience stores and eateries. With all the basic amenities such as aircon, kitchen equipment, hot tub and washer, you are sure to have a smooth stay here. If you feel too lazy to cook, you will be happy to know that breakfast can be made available.
Accommodates: 6; Average price per night: SGD 321
2. Traditional, wooden house
If you want to get a traditional flavour of living while in Taiwan, book this unique HomeAway straight away. Wooden interiors that bring a welcoming warmth to the house, low and comfortable seating that add to the homeliness, and a well-equipped kitchen make this house the ideal choice for your holiday. With four bedrooms and a capacity to accommodate over 16 guests, this house certainly is perfect for those who believe in ‘the more the merrier’!
Average price per night: SGD 637
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