Thursday, November 21, 2019
Taipei Trip 2019 - Day 4 - Maokong Gondola
Day 4, we decided to go sightseeing at Maokong. From Banqiao we took the MRT Statiion to Taipei Zoo Station. From Taipei Zoo Station, we can take the cable car up to Maokong. We need to exit at EXIT 2 to take the cable car. The best way to reach Maokong is to take the Maokong Gondola scenic cable car up the mountain from MRT Taipei Zoo Station, NT$120 each way for adults, NT$50 for children 6-12 and seniors over 65, with each adult allowed up to 2 children under 6 for free. Easycards are given a 20% discount on weekdays, and also receive a NT$20 discount when also used for zoo entry. (source) There are few stations to alight and we wanted to go to Maokong where all the teahouses were located. So we sat till the last station before alighting. Some of the cabins have glass bottom and the fare is the same as non glass bottom. We choose the non glass bottom cause the queue is longer for the glass bottom cabin. We collected a map from the tourist information centre once we alighted from the cable car. It was quite cooling when we were on the top of the mountain. Maokong is a quaint village located at the top of a mountain providing breathtaking views of Taipei City. Tea lovers will enjoy Maokong for its wide variety of teahouses and high quality selection, while others looking for a relaxing break from the busy city can sit back with a cup of tea and nice dinner, all while taking in the beautiful views of Taipei. After some walking and taking much photos of the scenery, we came across several tea houses but we found this teahouse situated over the side of the mountain with great view. So we decided to have lunch in here. Very nice view of Taipei City and we could see Taipei 101 from here. We had 3 cups chicken in claypot. (The name “three cup chicken” (三杯鸡) comes from the three ingredients: sesame oil, Chinese rice wine, and soy sauce.) Braised Tofu with assorted vegetables Sliced fish in sweet and sour sauce with Osmanthus tea leaves After spending few hours in Maokong, we made our way back to the cable car station. There's not much people in the queue and we get to take the glass bottom cable car back down the mountain. It was quite frightening looking down the mountain from the glass bottom cabin.