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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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  • JCCrea

    Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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    Friends getaway

    Awesome view, a must when your visit taiwan


    Try to ride the gondola around 5 pm, the view is fantastic and the price is reasonable. Once you reach the top, which takes around 20 minutes there a good option to visit tea houses and artisan ice creams made with tea. JC
  • sak_amk

    Sydney, Australia

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    No crystal cabin ooerating


    We caught the gondola from the zoo and it was a nice ride although they do make sure every cabin is packed. There is no crystal cabin from the zoo and when we got to the top there did not seem to be any crystal cabin operating there either We wandered around the tea plantations but they were very expensive for lunch so we opted for the snack carts and ice cream At the bottom of the hill just past the bus stop. It was thundering when we decided to leave so they suspended the gondola operation and we decided to catch the bus back and we are glad because it was a beautiful trip and nice seeing the scenery close by. On a day it is not raining there are some nice trails you can walk.
  • Ralff

    Washington, DC

    Interesting - nice ride, easy to access, next to the zoo


    A nice ride for a sunny day over the higher hills outside of Taipei. Longer lines for the glass bottom gondolas. Ride takes 20 or so minutes. Pass over waterfalls, mountains tiny tea groves, with good views back to Taipei. Direct access via Taipei metro. Lots of tourist tea shops at the top of the ride. One stop for a large temple.
  • natedogg73

    Taipei, Taiwan

    A Wonderful, Affordable Beautiful ride over the mountains


    This is a must, as long as you've no fear of heights. I also recommend waiting in line for the crystal cabin, with a transparent floor. If you go early in the morning you won't have much of a line, and you can use your subway card to pay for the trip. The gondola is an extension of the MRT system, and thus very affordable. There are multiple stops along the route--you can stop and visit the temple, which is worth it, or just go all the way to the end and then walk the road to get snack foods. If you take a left after you exit the gondola and walk around the road, there are some very lovely teahouses for sampling high mountain teas grown right there on the mountainside. This trip is scalable--if you have limited mobility you can just get on, ride to the top, and ride right back. Or if you have endurance and firm health, make multiple stops and make a full day of it. Food and refreshments are easily had, and the view is astounding.
  • patagoniac57

    Orange, California

    Great Gondola Ride and Visit to Zhinan Temple Area


    This is an abnormally long gondola ride, going over three sections. We took the ride all the way to the top, which is filled with touristy shops and eateries, and of course packed with people. We walked for a bit, and then somehow took the wrong bus to Zhinan Temple, not knowing what we were doing. It turns out that this is also a gondola stop. There is a pretty pagoda with a dragon spitting out water. There is a nice modern snack shop there with good A/C. We later figured out that Zhinan Temple is a complex of temples and chapels. Within an easy walk from the gondola is Lingxiao Chapel/Temple. The sign at the complex says Temple, Wikipedia calls it Chapel. There is a great view of Taipei, including Taipei 101. The temple was being restored, but it was still beautiful. There was hardly anybody there, I think most people only go to the top. This was the first time we saw monks doing prayers/chanting. There are lovely gardens and covered walkways. We did not make it to the main Zhinan temple. Also creating confusion is that the snack shop has a flyer about the temple, and the flyer mentions Chihnan Temple, Chihnan is the Angelicized name for Zhinan. If we were to do this trip over again, I would not go to the top, and only go to Zhinan temple round trip on the gondola. Then spend your time wandering amount the multiple temples in that area. There is a Maokong shuttle bus, but it does not run that frequently. This was a really lovely trip because of the views, quiet serenity, and lack of crowds

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