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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BR Wenhu Line Taipei Zoo
Inexpensive way to get a bird's eye view of TaipeiThe 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.
Penang Island, Malaysia
Pleasant way to overview the cityAn inexpensive 35 minute cable car trip, with a pleasant village at the top for tea or beer, whatever takes your fancy.
Nice viewsThe 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.
Nice atmosphere up thereArrived 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.
A glass cabin experienceAfter 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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