Maokong is only one of a few Gondolas in Taiwan, but it is the most accessible. You can get there via the Taipei MRT. After embarking on the Gondola, you can view grand vistas of Southern Taipei, and then explore the mountainous streets of Maokong, which has tea shops, street food, restaurants, temples, hiking trails, and great views.
The Maokong Gondola was completed in 2007 to improve transportation to Maokong, a tea growing area in Southern Wenshan District of Taipei City. Before, the district could only be reached by small mountain roads.
The Gondola was closed from 2008-2010 due to Typhoon damage.
Popular activities in the area include tea drinking, hiking, and picture taking.
There are four stations on the Gondola: Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple Station, and Maokong Station. A one way trip takes 12 minutes, and gondola cars which can fit up to eight people (five people in glass cars) come every few seconds.
Maokong gets its name from the eroded holes in the rocks around the area; the name literally means “Cat Hole.” The area has been one of the largest areas for tea production in Taipei since the Qing Dynasty. After the completion of the Gondola in 2007, tourists to the area have increased significantly.
9 AM to 9 PM
120 NT per person one way from Taipei Zoo Station to Maokong Station.
50 NT per trip for Taipei City residents
How to get there:
By MRT: Take the brown line MRT to the Taipei Zoo station, then walk south a few hundred meters until you reach the gondola station on the east side of the main road.
By Car/Scooter: Drive to the Taipei Zoo, and park somewhere on the street or in a parking lot, the walk to the Gondola Station.
(You can also take the Gondola from the southern station inside the Zoo or from Zhinan Temple)
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Fudekeng Environmental Restoration Park is one of the best parks in Taipei City. The park is built on top of a used landfill, and many parts of the park are made out of recycled materials. There are also solar panels in this park. The best parts about this park though is the large green spaces, lack of people, and amazing views of Shenkeng and Wenshan Districts. Other popular activities here are sledding down grass hills, flying remote control airplanes and drones, kite flying, and dog walking.
The landfill at Fudekeng was created in 1980 to relieve capacity at Neihu's garbage mountain (also now a park). It was filled in and discontinued use in 1994, and was replaced by the Shanzhuku landfill which is still in use. In 2004, it officially was transformed into Fudekeng Environmental Restoration Park. In 2017, many solar panels were installed at the park.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From central Taipei, take highway 106 to Shenkeng and head up Muzha Road Section 5 Lane 43 up the mountain to the eco park. There is plenty of parking inside the park. It never gets full.
By bus: From Taipei Zoo MRT Station, take bus S12 Extend Zoo to Fudekeng Environmental Protection Repopulation Park bus stop.
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The Taipei Zoo is not only the largest and most varied zoo in Taiwan, it is also one of the best zoos in Asia, and at the same time has an extremely affordable price of only 60 NT per adult. If you have time you should definitely stop by and visit this zoo, if not for anything else but to see Taiwan's ingenious animals like the Formosan Black Bear and Sika Deer which are hard to see in the wild.
The Taipei City Zoo was originally established during the Japanese Era in 1914 near the Yuanshan Hotel. After the ROC took control of Taiwan, elephants, lions, and bears were added to the zoo in 1952. Because there was not enough land to expand the zoo, it was moved to Wenshan District in 1986. Two employees have been killed by animals, one from an elephant and one from a black bear both in the 1970s. There have been no fatalities at the zoo since. The Maokong Gondola was built next to the zoo in 2007, connecting Taipei Zoo with Maokong.
The current zoo includes a Taiwan indigenous animal exhibit, children's petting zoo, tropical rain forest exhibit, desert animal exhibit, Australian and African animal exhibits, tropical animal exhibit, petting zoo, insect exhibit, and bird exhibit. There is also indoor Panda exhibit, insect exhibit, amphibian and reptile exhibit, koala exhibit, and penguin exhibit.
9 AM to 5 PM, tickets are not sold after 4:00 PM.
Sometimes in the summer twilight hours are extended to 9:00 PM, but it's not worth going as most all of the animal exhibits are closed after 5:00 PM.
60 NT per person
How to get there:
By MRT: Take the brown line MRT to the Taipei Zoo station, then walk north a few hundred meters until you reach the zoo entrance.
By Car/Scooter: Drive to the Taipei Zoo (via highway 3 or county road 106), and park somewhere on the street or in a parking lot, then walk to the zoo entrance.
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Taiwan is the best kept secret in Asia, and is a great destination to travel. But if you come to Taipei on a business trip or layover, what are the best things to see and do in the city with limited time?
Below we have laid out what we feel are the best one day itineraries in Taipei for those coming to Taiwan for the first time.
Before we get started, below is a map of the places mentioned in this blog:
Foreword: Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of questions. This is meant to only give a basic overview of Taipei to those who have never been there.
How do you pronounce Taipei?
Where is Taipei on a Map?/Where is Taipei in Taiwan?
Taipei City is located in northern Taiwan, laying in the middle of the Taipei Basin surrounded by New Taipei City. Please refer to the map below:
Who is mayor of Taipei?
Ke Wen-je 柯文哲 or 柯P.
Why visit Taipei?/ Why Taipei?
Taipei has friendly people, a safe environment, convenient public transportation, nice weather, good food, cheap cost of living, and tons of things to see and do!
Where should I stay in Taipei?
There are hundreds of hotels around Taipei the cater to different traveler interests and needs. I recommend Agoda.com as the best hotel search website. You can also try Aribnb.
How many days does it take to tour Taipei?/ How many days should I tour Taipei?
This depends on how much time you have, I have been touring Taipei for 2 years already!
What should I do in Taipei? Where should I travel in Taipei?
1 day tour:
Morning: National Palace Museum
Afternoon: Taipei 101
Night: Shihlin Night Market.
3 day tour:
Day 1: National palace museum, Taipei 101, and Night markets.
Day 2: Beitou hot springs, and Jiufen.
Day 3: Yeliu queen’s head and Pingxi Railway.
Other notable sights in Taipei:
What are the best night markets in Taipei?
What are the best old streets in Taipei?
1. Tamsui Old Street
2. Shenkeng Old Street
3. Sanxia Old Street
4. Yingge Old Street
What should I eat in Taipei?
Taiwan has some of the best food in the world, and it’s a big reason why foreigners like us love coming back. A lot of these foods cannot easily be found elsewhere, which makes leaving Taiwan that much harder. Our top 10 most delicious Taiwan foods are as follows:
1. Hot Pot Buffet 火鍋吃到飽
2. Roast Duck 烤鴨
3. Fried Chicken 炸鷄
4. Taiwan Lunchbox (Bento) 自助餐/便當
5. Bubble Milk Tea 珍珠奶茶
6. Red Bean Soup 紅豆湯
7. Dumplings and Fried Dumplings 水餃/鍋貼
8. Steamed Buns 包子
9. Fruit Shaved Ice 水果冰
10. Onion Pancake 葱抓餅
How much is the Taipei zoo?
Adults – 60 NT
Students – 30 NT
Preschoolers and disabled persons – Free
Groups of 30 or more – 30% discount
What time does the zoo open/close in Taipei?
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
What time does the MRT/Metro open/close in Taipei?
The Taipei and Kaohsiung MRTs close at 12:00 AM midnight. They open again at 6:00 AM.
The last train at the MRT usually leaves from 11:00PM-12:00AM midnight. To search for exact times for the last train, click here.
What time does the Taipei 101 open and close in Taipei?
The Taipei 101 Observatory is openevery day from 9 AM to 10 PM.
What time does the National Palace Museum open/close in Taipei?
The museum is open 8:30 – 6:30 on weekdays and 8:30 – 9:30 on weekends year round.
Where is the Taipei 101?
On Xinyi road in Taipei, on the red MRT line Taipei 101/World Trade Center station. See below for a map:
What is the Taipei 101?
It was the highest building in the world from 2004-2010. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners, and also had the fastest elevator in the world until 2016. It is an icon of Taiwan’s technological advancement.
How is Taipei 101 earthquake proof? How does the Taipei 101 withstand earthquakes?
The Taipei 101 is reinforced by concrete piles driven 80 meters below the ground and 30 meters into bedrock. In addition, it made of high strength reinforced steel and flexible materials.
How much does the Taipei 101 sway?
The most that the Taipei 101 damper has ever swayed was during Typhoon Soudelor, swaying 100 centimetres (39 in).
How much did the Taipei 101 cost?
NT$ 58 billion (US$1.934 billion)
How does the Taipei 101 damper work?
The damper works by offsetting strong wind gusts, absorbing the forces and turning them into kinetic energy, moving the damper.
How was Taipei 101 built?
The Taipei 101 was built in a period of 5 years from 1999-2004. The Taipei 101 is reinforced by concrete piles driven 80 meters below the ground and 30 meters into bedrock. In addition, it made of high strength reinforced steel and flexible materials. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners, and also had the fastest elevator in the world until 2016.
Who is Chinese Taipei? What is Chinese Taipei?
It is the name of Taiwan used in sporting events such as the Olympics as to not upset its bully neighbor the PRC (China).
What should I buy in Taipei? Where should I shop in Taipei?
If you are looking for cheap food, delicious snacks, and souvenirs, go to one of the many night markets in Taipei. If you are looking to buy expensive brand named items, go to an outlet or mall such as Sogo. Another popular shopping district in Taipei is Ximending.
Where should I buy electronics in Taiwan?
Online (PC Home and Shoppee), at a night market, at Carrefour, Cankun, or Guanghua Digital Plaza in Taipei.
What is New Taipei City?
New Taipei city is the area surrounding Taipei city, and was formerly known as Taipei county.
Where is New Taipei City?
New Taipei City (formerly Taipei County), is located in northern Taiwan, surrounding Taipei City. Please refer to the map below:
What time is it in Taipei?
Check this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/taiwan/taipei
What is the population of Taipei?
2,704,974 as of 2016.
What is the capital of Taiwan?
How is the weather in Taipei in November?
Record high 34.3 °C (93.7 °F)
Average high 24.2 °C (75.6 °F)
Daily Mean 21.5 °C (70.7 °F)
Average low: 19.3 °C (66.7 °F)
Record low: 1.1 °C (34 °F)
Avg rainfall, 83.1 cm (3.2 inches)
Avg rainy days, 12.4
Avg. Relaticve uhumididty: 75%
Mean sunshine hours: 99.4
How is the weather in Taipei in December?
Record high 31.5 °C (88.7 °F)
Average high 20.7 °C (69.3 °F)
Daily Mean 17.9 °C (64.2 °F)
Average low: 15.6 °C (60.1 °F)
Record low: 1.8 °C (35.2 °F)
Avg rainfall, 73.3 cm (2.8 inches)
Avg rainy days, 11.7
Avg. Relaticve uhumididty: 75%
Mean sunshine hours: 90.7
What is the weather like in Taipei?
Taipei has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are long, hot and humid, and have heavy rainstorms including Typhoons between June and October. Temperatures range from 26-34 °C (78-93 °F).
Winters are short and warm with relatively less rain, but have less sunshine. Temperatures range from 14-20 °C (57-68 °F).
Why does it rain so much in Taipei?/ Why does it always rain in Taipei?
Rainstorms are typical in the summer in Taipei due to monsoon weather and Typhoons. Most of the rain falls in the summer, but other months also see rain daily. There are typically between 11-15 rainy days in any given month in Taipei, so it does not always rain in Taipei.
How cold does Taipei get?
The average low temperature during winter in Taipei is 14 °C (57 °F), but can often get to as low as 10 °C (50 °F), but rarely any lower. The record low temperature in Taipei was recoded in February at -.02 °C (31.9 °F).
How is the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei?
It’s a high end, 5 star hotel in Taipei, with just about all the amenities you can think of.
Why is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei haunted?
The Grand Hyatt Hotel is believed to be built on an old POW camp on which people were executed, and is thus haunted. The Hotel has refuted these claims, stating that the Hotel was only built on top of a munitions warehouse.
Why is Taipei the best city?
Taipei is not the best city in Taiwan. But if it were, it would be because it has a modern infrastructure and transportation systems, world class talent, a safe environment, low cost of living, and friendly people.
Have any more questions about Taipei, or have any suggestions for a tour of Taipei? Please leave them in the comments below, and we might just add them to the list!
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We are US Expats that have extensive experience living, working, and travelling in Taiwan. In our day, we had to learn many things about Taiwan the hard way. But we have come to learn that Taiwan is one of the best places in the world for Foreigners to live. Our blog does not represent the opinions of every foreigner in Taiwan. We are just trying to help others learn more about this beautiful country.