Fireflies are winged beetles that produce intermittent light from their lower abdomen. Today, there are about 2,000 firefly species found mostly in moisture and humid regions of Asia and the Americas. Not only you can find these flickering fireflies on summer evenings in Taiwan, but also a few precious winter firefly species can be found in the forests of Fenchihu in the Alishan National Park, Sheipa National Park and Yushan National Park, which are rather precious as winter fireflies are only found in Taiwan, Japan, India, Himalaya Mountains and Tibetan Plateau. Top Firefly Spots in Taiwan has profiles, facts, tours, tips, for your Taiwan travel!
Top Firefly Spots in Taiwan
2017 Firefly Tours in Taiwan
Events/Activities: Guided firefly tours are available. Advance reservation is required to join these splendid guided firefly tours. In addition, visitors may also explore the abundant sites of Yangmingshan National Park such as Yangmingshan Hot Spring and Cingtiangang, as well as enjoy fresh mountain delicacies for a colorful Taipei travel.
Tucheng Chengtian Temple
Opening Date: April-May
Location: Tung Blossom Park, Tucheng District, New Taipei City
Events/Activities: April to May is the tung flower blooming season in Taiwan. Tung Blossom Park is a wonderful place for a relaxed strolling in the park with the fallen white flower petals on the ground. Moreover, they have found hidden habitats of firefly in this neighborhood in recent years. Visitor now may enjoy a beautiful flower viewing in the day, and appreciating the fireflies by night.
Date: April, 2017
Location: Wulai District, New Taipei City, Yun-Hsien Dreamland Park
Events/Activities: Wulai is an unspoiled small town surrounded by spectacular mountains ranges, running rivers, and hot springs, all provide good habitats for firefly. Other than abundant natural resources, Wulai features an indigenous culture that displays the native culture, tradition habitations, and historical artifacts of the Atayal aboriginal tribe that is worth a visit as well.
Taoyuan Firefly Exhibition Center
Opening Date: 2017/04/14 Open
Location: No.31, Daqingkeng, Guishan Township, Taoyuan County 333, Taiwan
Events/Activities: Taoyuan Firefly Exhibition Center is located in Guishan Town of Taoyuan County, the exhibition center is designed into 6 areas related to fireflies. Firefly zone is opened every year during firefly season around April to September for you to enjoy a great time with your loved ones.
Date: April- June
Location: Neiwan Town, Hsinchu County
Events/Activities: Other than enjoying a firefly tour in the evening, visitors may also try distinctive local delicacies such as steamed buns and rice dumplings made by Ginger Lily, as well as appreciate Tung flower blossoms during this period of time.
Location: Beipu Town Town, Hsinchu County
Events/Activities: Before a wonderful firefly tour in the evening, visitors are invited to visit local historical sites, and experience Hakka cultures and delicacies such as Hakka Mochi (glutinous rice), and DIY Hakka Beipu Grinding Tea for a wonderful Hsinchu travel.
Location: Sanyi Township, Miaoli County
Events/Activities: Appreciate white Tung flower blossoms in the morning and flickering fireflies in the evening at Shengxing Railway Station (Shengshin Train Station) in Miaoli. The famous Shengxing Railway Station suspended in 1999 and now classified as Miaoli historical site. Surrounded by daedal hands of mountains and rivers, Shengxing Railway Station provides a wonderful site for firefly tours. In addition, the restaurants nearby the train station serve all kinds of Hakka delicacies that are always wonderful to try for one’s Taiwan travel.
Tung-Shih Forest Area, Taichung
Location: Dongshi District, Taichung City
Events/Activities: Recognized as Yangmingshan National Park of central Taiwan, Tung Shih Forest Area is a forest park decorated by seasonal flowers and maple leaves. The maple season is from November to December in Tung Shih Forest Garden where visitors not only can observe the tantalizing radish leaves but also be able to see the romantic sunrise and the sea of clouds. It is also well-known for spotting fireflies during March to May.
Date & Time: April, 2017
Location: Chawnan Wetland, Tour Yuan Elementary School
Events/Activities: The best time to spot fireflies in Sun Mon Lake area is from April to May. Visitors may spot fireflies in areas of Taomi Village, Lotus Pond forest, Toushe area or South Village of Xinyi Town.
Location: Lugu Tourist Center, Nantou
Events/Activities: The enchanted Sitou (Xitou) Nature Education Area in Lugu Town of Nantou features abundant natural resources and ecosystems, including bamboo forest, divine trees, ginkgo forest, mountain trails, tea farms, and fireflies. Guided firefly tours are provided to limited no. of visitors, advance reservation is required.
Location: Alishan Forest Recreation Park
Events/Activities: A total of 62 firefly species have been recorded in Taiwan with 38 species found in Alishan area. Firefly is best-viewed around April to June every year and Alishan is the perfect Taiwan destination for fireflies as it owns 1/3 of Taiwan’s fireflies, including Luciola cerata, Curtos sauteri Olivier, Luciola anceyi, Luciola satoi Jeng and Yang and many others offering an excellent opportunity for children to learn the importance of preserving nature.
Date & Time: April-May
Location: Meiling Scenic Area
Events/Activities: Located in the western outskirt of Nanchange, Meiling Scenic Area, with the Jhuzihjian Mountain behind, boasts fabulous panoramic views of the Zengwen Reservoir on the north and Chianan Plain on the on the west. With the ideal landscape, Meiling Scenic Area is Tainan’s major habitat, where more than 19 firefly species have been recorded.
Date & Time: April-May
Location: Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area
Events/Activities: Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area is famed for its abundant natural resources and its unspoiled ecological environment and intoxicating beauty, which is perfect for fireflies growth. There is 13 firefly species have been discovered in this area.
Please visit the official web site of Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area for more information (available only in Mandarin)
Date & Time: April, 2017
Location: Namasia, Kaohsiung
Events/Activities: Namasia District Office has held overnight camps in April for people who enjoy an astonish firefly tour and night sky. Since Namasia is a well-preserved firefly habitat, participants are able to attend the fireflies’ fluorescent party at night during this period. The camp also designed to promote the preservation of traditional aboriginal culture and custom from indigenous tribes in this area.
Date & Time: July-August
Location: Sheding Nature Park
Events/Activities: Covering an area of 128.7 hectares, Sheding Nature Park is located within the Kenting National Park, offering an ideal place for all nature-lovers. Every year from late July through August, guided firefly tours are provided for visitors who are interested in seeing these little flickering fireflies.
Location: Liyu Lake、Cingyang Farm
Events/Activities: Located at the foot of Mt. Liyu in Soufong Town of Hualien County, Taiwan, Hualien Liyu Lake is the largest inner lake in eastern Taiwan. Every year around March to May is the best time to spot fireflies and butterflies in Hualien Liyu Lake area.