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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. 


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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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  • Melbguy3805

    Melbourne, Australia

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    Great views


    The views from the top and from the gondola are great. Well worth the trip, just get the met to Taipei zoo. Highly recommend.
  • crablover2

    Cupertino, CA

    Nice gondola ride


    Great long gondola ride up to Maokong. Though Maokong itself seemed a bit of a tourist trap (incredibly overpriced teahouses/food), there is a free Taipei Promotion Center that gives you free tea and tea tastings, as well as some walking/hiking paths you can take. It's a long walk to get to it from the top of the Maokong gondola station though -- I think like ~1.6km? away. And it was SO HOT (but we went in August). The gondola ride I think is worth it just to get the view and look down (clear floor to look down if you line up to take the crystal cabin -- but the crystal cabin line is SO SO SLOW, it's like 1 crystal car for every 8-9 regular cars). There didn't look like there was a line for it, so we got in the crystal cabin line --- but we ended up waiting like 40minutes. On the way down, the line for the crystal cabin was huge, so we chose regular car & didn't wait at all.
  • Tilljacker

    Langelsheim, Germany

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    Solo travel

    Funicular - no more no less


    Crowded on weekends, cheap. It's OK to get to Maokong mountain. Not to compare with those in the alps
  • sflsenglish

    Chiang Mai, Thailand

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    One of the best activities in Taipei


    Do the research and get the timing right. One hour before sunset. Buy the normal car ticket and walk past the queue waiting for the crystal cars. We had a clear day with no cloud cover, a nice new moon sky. Beautiful sunset, an impressive 101 and a smooth ride above treetop canopies. There are some good tea houses selling authentic food, not just tea and becomes a chill out area in the evening. There are options to return by bus, taxi or gondola, we chose gondola and enjoyed a ride in the dark.
  • Maurizio B

    Singapore, Singapore

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    Solo travel



    This is one of the most exciting rides you can do in your life... Super cheap and totally worth it even if the prices were double that... I would suggest to take the cabins with the glass floor... Go all the way to the top and enjoy the views...

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