A Gondola Ride to Maokong
If you are ever in Taiwan, and you are not quite sure what to do with your day, just pop underground to the subway. There are big advertisements and photos everywhere of big tourist attractions, which is how I ended up in a suspended gondola ride hundreds of feet high on a mountain!
We saw the giant advertisement for a Maokong Gondola ride (貓空纜車) over tea fields, and I immediately wanted to go, so we went, and i’m so glad we did! It was amazing! The Gondola ride was very long, probably at least 20 to 30 minutes, and every time you thought it wouldn’t go any higher, it did! While I was slightly nervous about being so high up suspended by a cable, the view was so breathtaking, I just tried to take it all in!
From the gondola you can see across all of Taipei, and still have a view of one of the world’s tallest buildings, Taipei 101. The gondola had huge bay windows all around, and goes all the way up a mountain, making a few stops at other tourist attractions if you choose to get off, such as Taipei Zoo. The final destination at the top, is Maokong, a town just outside the city, but still in Taipei County. During the ride, you go over tons of tea fields, and at the top of Maokong are several Tea Houses and temples!
While in Maokong, we took a bus to a field with cherry blossom trees. These trees were so beautiful and just starting to bloom! After a photo shoot there to capture these gorgeous cherry blossoms, we headed back.
The Maokong Gondola was a once in a lifetime experience that I am very glad to have had, but I was slightly relieved to be taking the bus back down the mountain!