Even though the weather is much colder in winter time and staying at home all wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, watching TV with a bowl of popcorn and a cup of hot chocolate might sounds like a much more appealing option, I assure you it’s not the only winter time activity you might thoroughly enjoy! As we mentioned in our article about how to stay in shape during the holidays, it’s important to stay active and get outside even during these cold winter months. So today we’re sharing some ideas for what you can do in Taipei and Taiwan to get out of the house and have a fun time even in the winter!
Just because the weather is not ideal, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to the treadmill for months. Invest in some special thermo gear designed for sports in the winter time and just go! Important accessories are hats or headbands, a scarf and gloves – don’t leave the house without these on!
It will be a totally new experience that is exciting to explore! You can challenge your body in whole new ways, while enjoying new dimensions of running. We’ve also got you covered with tips in case it’s not just cold but also raining at the time you were planning a run 😉
Hiking and rock climbing
With such gorgeous scenery, Taiwan is the perfect place for hiking. Get your hiking buddies together, prepare your gear and get going – the mountains are just as beautiful in the winter and you won’t have to suffer from feeling like you’re melting away under the hot summer sun. Even if you don’t want to –or don’t have the time to- go really far, here we have some ideas for you on where to find nice hiking spots around Taipei.
Or if you want to take it up a notch and try climbing either indoors or outdoors, we have some tips and places around Taipei for you over here (in Chinese).
Even though the weather is still not cold enough to have outdoor skating rinks here in Taiwan, it is still really easy to get the chance and try out sliding around on ice in Taipei.
“The Taipei Arena Ice Land is currently the largest and only ice skating rink in Taiwan which meets international standards. The arena is 61m x 30m and the ice skating rink can hold up to 400 people. In addition to providing recreational entertainment for tourists, the Ice Land is also a professional training rink for skilled domestic athletes and national level professional skaters.” [English.arena.taipei]
2, Sec. 4, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Monday to Friday: 10am- 9pm
Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays and Winter/Summer Vacation: 9am- 9pm
Weekdays: NT$ 200 / 2 hours
Holidays: NT$ 220 / 2 hours
Spectator ticket: NT$ 30 / 4 hours
And what could be better after completing one of the above activities than relaxing in a hot spring? There are many options for you to choose from around Taipei:
Beitou Outdoor Public Hot Springs 露天公共温泉
Take the red line of the Taipei MRT until Beitou station and change to the Xinbeitou line. It takes only one stop and a short walk from the station to reach the public hot springs. The entry fee is only NT$ 40 per person for a two hour session, making it a very affordable option. The pools are all outdoors offering different temperatures for the visitors. Men and women bath together, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit! However, there are many private options in the area as well!
Wulai Hot Springs 烏來溫泉
Wulai is a small town located about an hour bus ride* to the South from Taipei and it’s famous for its natural hot springs. Again, you can either book a hotel and enjoy your private hot spring experience, or try the wild natural hot springs along the river after crossing the bridge at the end of the old street.
*To get there, take bus 849 from Xindian MRT station. It is the last stop of the line, so enjoy the scenery without having to worry about missing your stop. The ride costs around NT$ 40.
We hope we could give you some ideas for getting out of the house in the winter to have a fun and active time even on these colder days!