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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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Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo) $85
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    3.9
    of 5, from 95 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Shenkeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipei Zoo, Maokong Gondola, and National Chengchi University. Taipei 101 and Elephant Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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    W Hostel

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

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      Norway Forest Spa Motel $54
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      Norway Forest Spa Motel

      No. 15, Ln. 235, Baoqiao Rd., New Taipei City
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 11 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Xindian, this motel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from National Chengchi University and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Maokong Gondola. Bitan Scenic Area and Xinglong Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Dapinglin Station is 16 minutes by foot and Qizhang Station is 19 minutes.

        Grand Hyatt Taipei $228
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          4.4
          of 5, from 908 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          The hotel rises in the Xinyi skyscraper district, opposite Taipei 101 - one of the tallest towers in the world and home to top designer stores. Culture buffs can hop on the metro at Taipei 101 Station, a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and take a half-hour ride to the National Museum of History.

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          TaiwanMatisse

          No. 2, Sec. 2, Xinglong Road, Taipei
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 15 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Wenshan, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Xinglong Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Maokong Gondola. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Yung Fu Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jingmei Station is 15 minutes by foot and Wanfang Hospital Station is 19 minutes.

            Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei $234
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            Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei

            201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei
               
              4.6
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              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located on the tree-lined Tun Hwa South Road, the Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei stands 43 stories above the city's business district, adjacent to Taipei's extensive shopping plaza.

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              Peace Art Villa

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                4.7
                of 5, from 3 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Xinyi, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Taipei 101 Mall, Taipei 101, and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Baby Boss and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Linguang Station is 5 minutes by foot and Liuzhangli Station is 12 minutes.

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                W Villa

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

                  Located in Xinyi, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tong Hua Night Market, Taipei 101, and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Baby Boss is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away. Linguang Station is 5 minutes by foot and Liuzhangli Station is 11 minutes.