Taipei: The Crystal "Eyes of Maokong Gondola" Cabins

The Maokong Gondola is located at the southern tip of Taipei City. On our part, the easiest way to go to that place was to take the Wenshan-Neihu Line of Taipei Metro and alighted at the Taipei Zoo Station. From there we walked along the Xinguang Road section which was about 350 meters, and finally getting a glimpse of the Maokong cable cars at the Taipei Zoo Station.

We've been to Taipei quite a few times already but we never took a ride on the Maokong Gondola until recently. Glad we did! There are two types of cabins; the regular cabin with solid floor and the crystal cabin with a glass see-through floor. The fare of crystal cabin is the same as a regular cabin. However, the queue for the crystal cabin is long, but it's worth the wait. The single journey ticket is NT$ 70 (1 station), NT$ 100 (2 stations) and NT$ 120 (3 stations).

Maokong has evolved into a favorite tourist destination to both local and foreign visitors. Aside from the cable car, Maokong is known for its tea plantations, tea houses, and hiking trails. We never really tried it but we did enjoy the lovely ride of the crystal cabin of the "Eyes of the Maokong Gondola" and the panoramic views of the entire city of Taipei. 

The construction of the Maokong Gondola began on November 10, 2005, and the system began operation on July 4, 2007. It is Taipei's first high-altitude gondola. This French POMA - made system makes a circuit of four stations: Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zinan Temple, and Maokong Station. There are also two angle stations where the gondola changes direction. We decided to stop at Maokong Station.

We also had lunch at one of the eateries at the Maokong Plaza, just a few walks away from Maokong Station.

 It was difficult to choose what to eat so we sampled a few. But what makes my belly happiest was getting my favorite bomb pancake and peanut ice cream roll. 👍

 On the way back from Maokong station we took the crystal cabin again and got off at the Taipei Zoo South station to go to our next destination - the Taipei Zoo.

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Toodles, until next time,
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