I know ther was largely rhetorical but yes you do really need to go to Kenting. I spent 4 days there and weather was a little chilly and cloudy but not at all smoggy. Yesterday and the day before were mostly sunny actually!
That was until I drove past Kaohsiung on the way back to Taipei yesterday which was bloody awful, as bad as I have ever seen it in Taiwan. A thick haze covered everything.
Kenting was only an hour or so away from the apocalypse.
The rest of Taiwan was cloudy and rainy so was hard to tell how much was pollution related.
This year (and the last couple of years) the pollution levels in Taipei seem to be quite bad. That may be my subjective estimate but that’s what I perceive. It’s could be related to the relatively low rainfall and mild winter. That is why pollution is so bad in the winter months in the center and South…very low rainfall at that time to wash out the shit.