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Maokong Gondola

Escape the city and soar through the sky in a glass-bottomed gondola to the tea plantations, temples and lofty peaks surrounding Taipei.

Enjoy a thrilling ride on the Maokong Gondola as you glide over Taipei and high into the mountain forests of Maokong Mountain. The gondola reaches a height of nearly 1,000 feet (300 meters). Stop to visit the Taipei Zoo and Zhinan Temple, then ride through the mountains and visit nearby temples and tea plantations.

Take a single ride in the gondola to simply enjoy the views of Taipei. Or, use the gondola to spend a full day visiting some of Taipei’s premier attractions. Begin at Taipei Zoo Station to see pandas, koalas and over 130 bird species. Stop to enjoy the “Dancing Waters” show of lighted fountains, then walk down the Leisure Corridor and relax at the pavilion. Hop off again at Zhinan Temple Station and visit one of the most revered temples on the island. Zhinan is dedicated to a much-loved Taoist master and incorporates Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist elements. Make sure you explore the Dream Interpretation Room for a fascinating insight into your dreams. 

Alight at Maokong Station to visit the Tianen and San Xuan temples and various attractions related to tea. Do a tea-tasting and admire handmade teapots at the Chang Nai-miao Memorial Tea Museum. At the Tea Promotion Center, learn about the different types of tea and how it is preserved, brewed and distributed. See tea being grown and picked at plantations in the Zhanghu and Watsuo areas.

Pick up a hiking map from Maokong Station and journey higher into the mountains. Follow well-marked trails to the top of Erge Mountain and climb through the wooded forests of Monkey Mountain. If you are visiting in January, expect to walk though blossoms of red, white and pink apricot flowers.

Maokong Gondola operates every day except Mondays. Arrive early in the day to avoid lines and beat the midday sun if you are hiking. If you’re intimidated by heights, stand in line for one of the gondolas with enclosed flooring. Maokong Gondola is easily accessible by MRT train, bus or car.


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Lodging Near Maokong Gondola

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Holiday Inn East Taipei $77
Holiday Inn East Taipei

Holiday Inn East Taipei

No 265 Sec 3 Beishen Rd, New Taipei City
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 128 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Taipei Zoo and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Maokong Gondola. National Chengchi University is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

    Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo) $98
    Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo)

    Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo)

    No.236, Sec. 3, Beishen Rd, New Taipei City
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 78 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Taipei Zoo and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Maokong Gondola. National Chengchi University is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

      W Hostel $170
      W Hostel

      W Hostel

      No.63, Lane 600, Wuxing Street, Taipei
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Taipei, this guesthouse is close to Elephant Mountain, Taipei 101, and Taipei World Trade Center. Also nearby are Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Maokong Gondola.

        Norway Forest Spa Motel
        Norway Forest Spa Motel

        Norway Forest Spa Motel

        No. 15, Ln. 235, Baoqiao Rd., New Taipei City
           
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in New Taipei City, this motel is close to National Chengchi University, Maokong Gondola, and Taipei Zoo. Local attractions also include Treasure Hill and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

          TaiwanMatisse $43
          TaiwanMatisse

          TaiwanMatisse

          No. 2, Sec. 2, Xinglong Road, Taipei
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 10 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated on the Strip, this guesthouse is close to National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Treasure Hill, and Gongguan Night Market. Also nearby are Museum of Drinking Water and National Taiwan University.

            W Villa $568
            W Villa

            W Villa

            No.39, Aly. 20, Ln. 391, Sec. 3, Taipei
               
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Taipei, this guesthouse is close to Tong Hua Night Market, Taipei 101, and Taipei World Trade Center. Also nearby are Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Taipei International Convention Center.

              Guest Hotel $39
              Guest Hotel

              Guest Hotel

              6F., No.42, Jingwen St., Wenshan Dist., Taipei
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 102 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Taipei, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Maokong Gondola. Treasure Hill and Gongguan Night Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Macchi Hotel $42
                Macchi Hotel

                Macchi Hotel

                3F, No. 6, Ln. 30, Jingzhong Street, Taipei
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 34 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on the Strip, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Maokong Gondola. Treasure Hill and Gongguan Night Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).