After checking out the Taipei Zoo, we hopped on the Maokong Gondola.
What is Maokong?
Maokong is a quaint village located in the Wenshan District of Taipei. It was once the central hub of tea growing in Taipei, but is now more of a tourist destination, with a wide variety of teashops offering visitors scenic views and traditional tea ceremonies.
The gondola ride itself was really enjoyable, and we were able to look out over the entire city of Taipei through the clear glass windows. The sun was beginning to set, and the sky began to take on a vibrant orange hue.
There are, of course, other ways to get to the village, but the gondola is the easiest and fastest way to get to the top.
Once we got off the gondola it was much chillier than we expected, so we immediately went to look for some food & a pot of tea.
Like other cities, it had a strong night market vibe, and we enjoyed eating piping hot sausages off the grill, and fried dough filled with green onions and topped with a sweet chili sauce.
Then we took our pick from one of the many teahouses lined against the main road.
Drinking Traditional Tea in Maokong:
When we went looking for a teahouse, we wanted one that had a short wait time, outdoor seating, and a great view of the city.
After walking a short ways down the road, we found one that had both. There were food options available as well, but we stuck with just the tea to save a bit of money.
The outdoor deck of the restaurant had sturdy, round, wooden tables, and we sat down at one closest to the edge. Then our tea arrived; we were shown how to brew loose leaf tea, and then left alone to enjoy our tea in peace. It was a fairly simple process, and if you haven’t checked out the video above yet, do it now!
Maybe I got caught up in the emotions of brewing our own high mountain oolong tea in the crisp Taiwan air, but this was one of my favorite experiences on our trip. Each cup tasted more delicious than the last, and I could have sat there for hours brewing and pouring tea for Caleb and myself.
When I thought it couldn’t get any better, we finished our tea, and the staff vacuum-sealed our loose leaf tea bag, and gave it to us as a souvenir.
We went back down the gondola on a tea high, which was the perfect way to end our night before watching the Taipei 101 Fireworks.
Your Visit to Maokong:
After doing a bit more research on Maokong, I discovered there is a Maokong Tour Bus that takes you to different sights in Maokong. We didn’t have too much time to explore so we stuck with the tea, but make some time to check out these spots as well:
- Tianliao Bridge
- Zhangshan Temple
- Zhangwu Walkway
Gondola Operating Hours:
|First Monday of Each Month||Tues. / Wed. / Thurs.||Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|9 a.m. – 9 p.m.||9 a.m. – 9 p.m.||9 a.m. – 10 p.m.||8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.||8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.|
Check HERE for full pricing information.
Board the gondola at either the Taipei Zoo station, or the Taipei Zoo South Station, and then take it all the way up to Maokong!