The Maolin Purple Butterfly Valley
March is the last chance to see these wonderful creatures before they return north.
Every year from November to March, the Maolin National Scenic Area is home to an amazing natural event. During this time, hundreds of thousands of purple crow butterflies fly south to the foothills of the Dawu Mountains to escape winter in the north.
The Maolin National Scenic Area, along with the well-known Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico, is one of the world’s most famous butterfly viewing areas. This has made it a popular tourist site in Taiwan. Michelin’s Green Guide awarded it three stars and lists it as a top destination together with sites like Green Island and Taroko Gorge.
The best time to view the butterflies is between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. when the weather is sunny or cloudy. Purple crow butterflies are more active in warmer weather. When visiting, it is best to walk slowly and speak quietly, as loud noises tend to scare the butterflies away. It is also advised to wear proper hiking shoes, bring a light backpack, binoculars, and of course, a camera to capture the magic.