Hi, I’m very curious to know what is considered to be the “official” seasons for Taiwan.
I have a friend (Chinese Taiwanese) who’s 8 yo daughter is learning English… One of the questions for her homework was to write (in English) the Months of the year and the seasons. To my astonishment my friend was adamant that Winter went from Nov to Jan and the other seasons varied in length and different start months to what I was taught at school in Australia.
She rang and asked other friends of hers, but they had different start months to her!!!
I’ve asked Taiwanese men and women at work, (with University degrees and international living & working experience in the USA) and they can’t agree on the dates for Seasons. I’m really confused… is there something I just don’t understand. One said Winter starts on 7th Nov, another said beginning of Nov, another Jan and one even said February!!!
This site iacc.com.tw/generalinfo.htm has the following:
"[i]The seasons in Taiwan are actually not very much differentiated. The climate can be described as having only summer and winter during the year.
The summer climate starts from February to October and the temperature can be as high as 35 degrees during the daytime or as low as 23 degrees during the nighttime. Northern Taiwan is generally more humid while the south is warmer and dryer.
Remember to bring umbrellas with you wherever you go during the rainy seasons (May and June) and be more careful when you go out during the typhoon days in July and August. For the rest of the time, enjoy your summer and have fun in the beaches!
The winter climate starts from November to January and is not as cold as in South Korea, Japan or China. The temperature is normally over 15 degrees, unless there is a cold wave where the temperature can drop as low as 9 degrees.[/i]"
The site is describing climate, which is not the same as season, but sheds no light on the subject for me.
To me, coming from Australia, Summer is 1st Dec to end Feb, Autumn (Fall) is 1st Mar to end May, Winter is 1st Jun to end Aug, Spring is 1st Sep to end Nov. So, in the Northern Hemisphere the seasons are just the opposite, replace Winter for Summer and Spring for Autumn etc.
I know (just like in Northern Australia) that some countries only have two Climates, effectively Summer and Winter, but surely all countries teach their students there are 4 seasons in a year???
Maybe the Chinese culture has no relation to our “Western Seasons” and only uses an agricultural calendar. I may need to go back and apologize profusely to my friend for not understanding this. Never-the-less there still doesn’t seem to be an understanding by Taiwanese of seasons and how the “Western Seasons” relate to “Taiwan Seasons”.
Can anyone explain all this to me and why there should be such little knowledge of this by the Taiwan people?