THB

Maokong Gondola

Popular Attraction in Wenshan District

The Maokong Gondola combines a convenient travel option into the mountains south of Taipei with a great attraction. The 4.3km cable car system sets out from Taipei Zoo in Wenshan District and climbs into the verdant mountains, providing stunning views and stops by some of the other sights along the way to the beautiful tea-growing village of Maokong.

The line opened on 4 July 2007 and has four stations: Taipei Zoo, Taipei Zoo South, Zhinan Temple and Maokong (Sanxuan Temple). There are also two ‘angle stations’, where the carriages change course without stopping. The system runs at between 2 and 5 metres per second, making the total journey time from one end of the line to the other between 17 and 37 minutes.

Read More
Rating From
  1. The Okura Prestige Taipei 4.7/ 5
  2. Regent Taipei 4.5/ 5
  3. The Sherwood Taipei 4.5/ 5
  4. The Landis Taipei 4.4/ 5
  5. Palais de Chine Hotel 4.4/ 5
  6. W Taipei 4.6/ 5
  7. Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei 4.4/ 5
  8. Park City Hotel Luzhou Taipei 4.5/ 5

The regular gondolas can carry up to eight passengers with a total weight not exceeding 640kg, but you can’t beat the view from the special ‘Eyes of Maokong Gondola’ carriages, which have a reduced passenger load (maximum of five people not exceeding 400kg) because of their 48mm tri-layered reinforced glass floor, giving you a truly all-round panorama. Obviously, this option is not recommended if you have a fear of heights. There is no additional cost for using these special carriages.

The ticket prices are broken down according to how many stops you want to go down the line. For three stops, which will take you right to the other end, the price is NT$50 for adults and NT$25 for discount tickets, including senior citizens, disabled and children under 12. Going for two stops will cost NT$40 for adults and NT$20 for discounts. Just one stop is NT$30 for adults and NT$15 for discounts. Round tickets and day passes are also available. You can buy tickets at vending machines and information counters at the stations or book online, which is a particularly good option if you want to ride with the Eyes of Maokong Gondola. The EasyCard system, which simplifies paying for bus and MRT rides around Taipei, can be used here.

Each of admittedly few stops has something worth seeing nearby. Riding from Taipei Zoo Station to the Taipei Zoo South Station gives an impressive aerial view of the exhibits before dropping you close to the Temperate Zone Animal Area at the far end of the zoo. Further up the route, the Zhinan Temple Station is close to its beautiful namesake – a Taoist place of worship to a wide range of deities, built on the slopes of Monkey Mountain. There are a number of hiking trails here, including one leading to Cihui Temple.

Finally, at Maokong Station, you will find the charming tea-growing region with its many plantations and teahouses, as well as Sanxuan and Tianen Temples and more hiking routes. The Maokong Gondola’s Taipei terminus is easily found about 400m from the Taipei Zoo MRT Station at the end of the Brown (1) Line, which is itself right next to the entrance to the zoo. It is important to note that, for safety reasons, the service does not operate during thunderstorms and it is advisable to pick a clear day for your ride to give you the best views across Taipei and the surrounding countryside.

Maokong Gondola

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2181 2345
Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Related Pages

Taipei Zoo

Famous for its resident panda family, Taipei Zoo has a great selection of animals from around the world, presenting a Read More...

Beitou Hot Springs

Taking full advantage of the geothermally-heated sulphurous spring water, Beitou has more spas than anywhere else in the Read More...

Hiking in Taipei

Hiking in Taipei

Enjoy the rugged wilderness of Taiwan and excellent views of the city’s skyline along the many well-maintained and Read More...

Taipei Hotels

All Taipei Hotels

Taipei is at once ultramodern and traditional. From skyscrapers to shrines, it’s all here in a fascinating blend of old Read More...

Hsinchu Attractions

Hsinchu Attractions

Hsinchu may not be as overly vibrant or popular as Taipei or other bigger cities, but it does come with a certain charm Read More...

10 Best Hotels Discounts in Taiwan

If you’re searching for the best hotel discounts in Taiwan, look no further. Our close relation-ship with most of the Read More...

Best hotels around this place

Hotels.com

Talk to us!

Help us keep this site up-to-date by sending us your comments:


Loading...