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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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HiONE HOLIDAY HOTEL NT$1,515
HiONE HOLIDAY HOTEL

HiONE HOLIDAY HOTEL

No.265, Sec. 3, Beishen Rd., Shenkeng Dist., New Taipei City
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly New Taipei City hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola. Taipei 101 and Bitan Scenic Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo) NT$2,016
    Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo)

    Fullon Taipei East (Taipei Zoo)

    No.236, Sec. 3, Beishen Rd, Shenkeng, New Taipei City
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Shenkeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipei Zoo, Maokong Gondola, and National Chengchi University. Taipei 101 and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Grand Hyatt Taipei NT$4,560
      Grand Hyatt Taipei

      Grand Hyatt Taipei

      2 SongShou Road, Taipei
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Xinyi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei 101, Taipei International Convention Center, and Taipei World Trade Center. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Eastern Shopping District are also within 10 minutes. Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station is 6 minutes by foot and Taipei City Hall Station is 12 minutes.

        Norway Forest Spa Motel NT$2,926
        Norway Forest Spa Motel

        Norway Forest Spa Motel

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

          Located in Xindian, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maokong, Taipei Zoo, and Gongguan Night Market. National Chengchi University and Maokong Gondola are also within 3 mi (5 km). Dapinglin Station is 14 minutes by foot and Qizhang Station is 19 minutes.

          TaiwanMatisse NT$17,538
          TaiwanMatisse

          TaiwanMatisse

          No. 2, Sec. 2, Xinglong Road, Wenshan District, Taipei
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Wenshan, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Taiwan Police College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gongguan Night Market and National Taiwan University. Daan Forest Park and Shida Night Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Wanlong Station is 9 minutes by foot and Jingmei Station is 12 minutes.

            Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei NT$7,500
            Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei

            Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei

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

              Located in Daan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tong Hua Night Market, Daan Forest Park, and Taipei International Convention Center. National Taiwan University and Taipei 101 are also within 2 mi (3 km). Liuzhangli Station is 7 minutes by foot and Technology Building Station is 10 minutes.

              luxury Linguang MRT station NT$6,621
              luxury Linguang MRT station

              luxury Linguang MRT station

              No. 433, Section 3, Heping East Road,, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taipei City
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Xinyi, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tong Hua Night Market, Taipei 101, and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. National Taiwan University and Gongguan Night Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Linguang Station is only a 2-minute walk and Liuzhangli Station is 11 minutes.

                Peace Art Villa
                Peace Art Villa

                Peace Art Villa

                No.39, Aly. 20, Ln. 391, Sec. 3, Heping E. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Xinyi, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tong Hua Night Market and Taipei International Convention Center. Taipei 101 and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Linguang Station is only a 5-minute walk and Liuzhangli Station is 11 minutes.