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Climate and Geography

Taiwan’s climate is subtropical in the north and tropical in the south and its inhabitants enjoy a wide range of weather throughout the year. It is generally warm to hot, with winter temperatures in the 12 to 17 degrees Celsius range, while mid-summer brings highs of up to 37.  During the months of June, July, and August, Typhoons developing in the Pacific often reach the island, bringing heavy rainfall and high winds.  Damage from typhoons is mostly limited to agriculture, and city-dwellers are largely unaffected, experiencing some minor flooding and an occasional day off work.  The period from September through October brings the best weather of the year, when temperatures are comfortable and blue skies predominate. 

 

The topography of Taiwan is largely mountainous.  The central mountain range forms the island’s backbone and occupies almost half of its total land area.  An estimated 60% of the remaining area is arable and a wide variety of food crops, including an astounding array of fruits, contribute to a thriving agriculture sector.  With over 1500 km of coastline, Taiwan depends heavily on its maritime resources, and its numerous beaches are becoming focal points in the development of the island’s burgeoning tourism industry.