Maokong Gondola

Attraction Maokong station Taiwan Published on: 28-03-2016

2 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
12:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Nature
Outdoor
Scenic
Must see
Kids
8.50 USD

Maokong Gondola is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Maokong gondola stops at Taipei Zoo, Zhinan Temple and the Maokong station. The Maokong station stop at the top of the mountain offers a panorami

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Why Maokong Gondola is special ?

Maokong Gondola is the first gondola lift transportation system in Taipei City, which runs between Taipei City Zoo and Maokong. The four stations are Taipei City Zoo Station, Taipei City Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple Station, and Maokong Station. With a total length of 4.03 kilometers, the gondola has the longest route among Taiwan’s gondola lift transportation systems. The ticket fare is TWD 30-50 per person, which is relatively cheap compare to other ropeways or gondolas.


Located in the southern tip of Taipei City, Maokong has evolved into a favorite tourist destination for locals and visitors, who go there to visit its tea plantations and tea houses.


Source: http://www.travelking.com.tw/

What to explore at Maokong Gondola?

Visitors may find many amusing facilities at the Maokong Gondola Station, including an information center, a water show area, a musical clock, and a Camphor Tree Trail for your Taipei travel.

Aside from taking a gondola ride, visitors are invited to visit Maokong area for the natural sceneries, enjoy mountain delicacies and high-mountain tea, experience an eco tour as well as see the adorable pandas at the Taipei City Zoo.

Source: http://www.travelking.com.tw/

How to get to Maokong Gondola?

Transportation

Taipei Zoo Station, Maokong Gondola

Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Muzha Interchange → Sec. 3 to Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd.

Maokong Station, Maokong Gondola

Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Muzha Interchange → Sec. 3 to Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd. → Wanfu Bridge → Sec. 5 to Sec. 4, Muzha Rd. → Sec. 1, Muxin Rd. → Daonan Bridge → Sec. 2 to Sec. 3, Zhinan Rd. → Lane 38, Sec. 3, Zhinan Rd.

Public

Taipei Zoo Station, Maokong Gondola

Take THSR or TRA to Taipei Main Station → Transfer Taipei MRT to Taipei Zoo Station

Maokong Station, Maokong Gondola

Take THSR or TRA to Taipei Main Station → Transfer Taipei MRT Wangfang Community Station → then by Taipei City Bus (No. Small 10) → Maokong Gondola Station

By Taipei MRT

Take the Wenshan-Neihu Line of Taipei Metro to the Taipei Zoo Station and then walk to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station (about 350 meters).

By Bus

Take Bus 236, 237, 282, 294, 295, 611, 676, 679, S12, Brown 3, Brown 6, Brown 11, Brown 15, Brown 18, Green 1, 1501, 1073, 1558, 1503 (except holidays) or Maokong Tour Bus Left Line to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station or Metro Taipei Zoo Station and then walk to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station.

By Car

When you arrive at Taipei Zoo Station, please park your car at MRT Taipei Zoo Station underground parking lot, riverside parking lot, or Muzha Depot Parking Lot, and then walk to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station.

Source : http://english.gondola.taipei/

Selling points

  • “Great mountain views”
  • “Relaxing ride”
  • “Great experience. A must try”
  • “Leisure,laid back ride”
  • “What a scary (but fun) ride”
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
567.12 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
28 places

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Tips for you

  • There are several stations you could go from here and one of it is the Taipei Zoo.
    Things to do
  • You can see Taipei top view from here and see the green area under your feet if you select the crystal clear cable car
    What to see
  • There's food stalls and vendors on top and the price are very reasonable, so you may enjoy a bit of snack foods while exploring around the top bit.
    Food
  • Food, drink (except water), smoking, chewing gum and betel nut are not permitted in cabins.
    Rule
  • It closes on Monday
    Timming
  • Opening hours will be changed in the event of festivals, special events, weather conditions and other special situations.
    Timming
  • It's quite unsafe to walk around, you should always watch out for vehicles, especially at all turns
    Safety
  • Best time is late in the afternoon so you can view the sunset.
    Things nearby
  • Depending on the system speed, from Gondola Taipei Zoo Station to Maokong Station, the journey takes 17~37 minutes (running speed is 5 m/sec~2 m/sec).
    What to know
  • It’s also possible to pay with cash if you don’t have an EasyCard.
    What to know

Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

The gondola ride was quite enjoyable. The ride is not too short , not too long. And on your ride up, you get to have your own cabin instead of sharing cabin with the others (Not that I have a problem with that.:). There might be other riders joining in though from the other stops on your way up. You get to see a bit of cityscape from afar, you can even spot the WTC 101 on a good day. I went on a gloomy Sunday and there is no need for queuing. You can use EasyCard to check-in so it is quite convenient. There's food stalls and vendors on top and the price are very reasonable, so you may enjoy a bit of snack foods while exploring around the top bit. There are a lot of tea houses and nice restaurants with superb views there but I have yet to try them out yet. There isn't much to do there other than food. Overall , I think it would be worthwhile to go there if you want to chill out and relax a bit.

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Two options of car selection. Eg crystal or non crystal. Basically is referring to the bottom of the car.

TripAdvisor View more

We took the mrt train from the main station and found it to be a pleasant, reasonably scenic journey. We went around 10 in the morning so there wasn't much of a crowd. Gondolas were amazingly cheap and one of the best rides we have ever done. Great views of Taipei 101 and the city, not to forget the mountains. When we got to the top we went left going up the hill. We walked for about ten minutes and found a beautiful tea house on the left hand side. It was reasonably priced, very clean and air-conditioned. My husband and son had smoothies, I had a vanilla latte and we shared waffles with peanut butter, cream and icecream. It was delicious!!! We continued walking until we reached the tea museum. It was interesting but the walk was very hot. We took the gondola back down and got off at the zoo stop. The zoo was also extremely cheap and we enjoyed a few hours there even though it was extremely hot by then. We found it easier to walk down the hill looking at the animal exhibits on the way.

TripAdvisor View more

As mentioned in the title, main draw for this attraction is the cable car ride itself. It cost only NT120 to head all the way up the mountain which is considered extraordinary insanely cheap in current economy standard for a 40 mins ride. The ride brings you up and down the mountain terrain while offering you a glimpse of the renowned Taipei 101.Bring along bottle of water if you may as once up the mountain, everything is expensive compared with taipei standard. But one could find a cafeteria that sells teas so you could sit down and enjoy the scenery. Travel up in the morning, as once noon reach, the cabin becomes stuffy and heaty.

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It was an OK view of Taipei but the trip there was terrible on the gondola (see that review). When we got to the top, we expected charming tea houses. Just some outside tea places and some street vendors cooking chinese specialties. We did not eat at these places since we did not want to get food poisoning (my husband travels to Taipei all the time for work and has gotten so sick he was hospitalized...so we were careful) Just too hot!!!

TripAdvisor View more

We enjoyed the Gondola ride. When we got to Maokong, we walked to one of the temples, and then had tea in a place with a gorgeous view. We then had tea ice-cream in the place next door. Finally, as we were walking back to the Maokong station, we stopped to buy some tea, and were greeted by a kid who shared with us a lot of history about tea, Taiwan, etc. Overall, a gorgeous morning.

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