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Why Maokong is special ?
Maokong (literally: "cat sky") is located in Wenshan District of Taipei, Taiwan. The area used to be the biggest tea growing area of Taipei. There are many intertwining footpaths which have been used to transport tea. Now, it is a popular place for tea culture and viewing the night scenery of Taipei City. The entire city of Taipei can be seen from the mountain, especially on a cloudless day.
The name comes from "jiâu-khang" (皺空, also similar 皺孔) in Taiwanese Hokkien, which means "crease aperture" and refers to pothole formations. During Japanese rule it was changed to the similar sounding Maokong (貓空)
What to explore at Maokong?
Maokong is one of places in Taipei where you feel like traveling back in time. To tea plantations, slow lifestyle, somewhat tacky tourist stalls, tea cups drank in small little houses at the top of the round mountain - literally, the name of the mountain during the Japanese invasion. Tea aficionados will enjoy Maokong for its wide variety of teahouses and high quality selection, while others looking for a relaxing break from the busy city can sit back with a cup of tea and nice dinner, all while taking in the beautiful views of Taipei.
There are many pathways for hiking such as from the National Chengchi University at the foot of the hill to the top of the mountain. On weekends many people come to Maokong for go hiking and climbing. Maokong still produces some tea, most notably tieguanyin tea. Many restaurants in the area offer both good tea and food. A combination of traditional tea culture, food, and scenery are the main reasons the area has become a popular tourist destination.
How to get to Maokong?
The best way to reach Maokong is to take the Maokong Gondola scenic cable car up the mountain from MRT Taipei Zoo Station, NT$50 each way, with each adult allowed up to 2 children for free.
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