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Maokong Gondola 貓空纜車

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With a total length of 4.03 kilometers, the Maokong Gondola is the first gondola system in Taipei City. One-way travel time on the gondola is about 20 to 30 minutes. The gondola ride includes four stops, namely the Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple Station, and the Maokong Station. It is very easy to ride the Maokong Gondola; after getting off the last stop of the Metro's Wenhu Line—Taipei Zoo Station—walk to the Maokong Gondola's Taipei Zoo Station to take the gondola.

The three most beautiful times to take the gondola are in the midst after rain, when the sun is setting, and when the lights of the city are shining at night. As the gondola passes over the undulating terrain, you can glimpse moving Metro trains, the park along the Jingmei River, and the "giraffe" incinerator. When you reach the second stop, the gondola takes a big turn, and you will get a panoramic view of the landscape, including vehicles moving along the freeway below. After passing the Zhinan Temple Station, you will enter a steep V-shaped gully; this is the climax of the gondola ride, and is an unforgettable experience.

The final stop is at Maokong, where numerous tea plantations and tea shops are located. Many visitors specially make the trip here to have tea and chat. Make sure to visit a tea shop and order the famous “Muzha Tieguanyin” or “Wenshan Pouchong tea” when you visit Maokong. The trip will be worth your while when you taste the delicious specialty tea and meal combo, and view the stunning scenery of Taipei Basin. 


Family Activities Northern Taiwan
Family、Campus teaching、Hiker
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
No.8, Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday 08:30 - 21:00
Monday Off day
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 22:00
Saturday 08:30 - 22:00

Services & Facilities

  • Accessibility for the Disabled
  • Shopping
  • Toilets
  • Lost and found
  • Broadcast Service
  • Locker
  • Nursery service


Nearby MRT

BR Wenhu Line Taipei Zoo

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  • 619jeffry

    Inexpensive way to get a bird's eye view of Taipei


    The Maokong Gondola is an outstanding way to get a panoramic view of Taipei. The trip takes around 20 minutes one-way. It's a great family outing. You can get a conventional gondola or one with a crystal floor. The base station is easy to find, it's the final station on the MRT Brown Line.
  • madeleine E

    Penang Island, Malaysia

    Pleasant way to overview the city


    An inexpensive 35 minute cable car trip, with a pleasant village at the top for tea or beer, whatever takes your fancy.
  • MartinG1984

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Nice views


    The gondola offers great views of Taipei and at 120 NTD one-way it is really cheap. Make sure to go during work days to avoid the crowds.
  • Jolieeeeee

    Singapore, Singapore

    Nice atmosphere up there


    Arrived when the Taipei Zoo station opened in the morning, a bit of a queue for Crystal cabins (<30 minutes), no queue for normal cabins. No need to buy tickets upfront if paying by EasyCard (悠游卡) -- Just tap in at the gantry. Walked the paths at Maokong pretty quickly, not much people were walking (possibly due to the time). Signs were quite clear. View was nice, may be different during different times of the year. Went back down quite early (~11am). No queue at all. Took the crystal cabin alone.
  • sabi0james

    Manila, Philippines

    A glass cabin experience


    After visiting Taipei Zoo, we proceeded to the Maokong Gondola ride, a short walking distance from the zoo and the MRT station. The lines for the glass cabin gondola is longer than those of the regular cabin so you have to be prepared to wait 30 minutes or more before getting a ride. The glass cabin is limited to 5 persons while the regular cabin can accommodate up to 8. The ride is a very pleasant one, very stable and smooth wih several ups and downs and a sharp turn. With the glass cabin (glass flooring) one can have an unobstructed view of the roads and the foliage below. The gondola design is very similar to that of Ngong Ping in Hongkong. When in Taipei, ride the gondola for a very relaxing ride.

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