Winter is coming to Taiwan. Temperatures around the island are dropping, and the cold northeast monsoon winds are bringing waves of chilly, wet weather to Taipei. But around two hours to the south, in Miaoli County, the start of winter is the best time for a rural getaway. Here on the boundary between northern and central Taiwan, you can still find warm, sunny days, and the arrival of cooler weather makes this the perfect time for fruits and flowers to grow. Tour groups and families from across the island pour in this time of year for a bit of fresh country air. This past week, I joined a group of friends to find out what it is that makes the winter in Miaoli so inviting.