Taiwan Trip Day 3 – MaoKong Gondola (貓空纜車) –> Taipei 101 (臺北101)
Since then now every one is in holiday mode, I’ll continue with my Taiwan discovery and its on day 3, after unique Taiwanese Breakfast of Spicy Soyabean we head to Maokong for mountain scenic view.
On the way heading there, we took the MRT and change to LRT/ Monorail to head to MaoKong which is one of the last 2 stations on the very end of this line, MRT Taipei Zoo Station and walk about 5-10 minutes to the Gondola station.
Big clear roads. . . .
If you feel your shop need more ‘ONG’ then you can import the whole big lucky cat infront of your shop.
The Maokong Gondola (貓空纜車) is a gondola lift transportation system in Taipei, Taiwan. Opened on July 4, 2007, the Maokong Gondola runs between Taipei Zoo and Maokong. The total length of the line is 4,030 meters. The facilities of the gondola were contracted to the French company Poma. (source from Wikipedia)
The fare charge as above.
The full ride to reach the top takes about 10-15 minutes ride, so sit and just enjoy the overview of it.
While we are waiting for the gondola it feels like we are going up to Genting which had similar scene up the hills.
Camshot inside the Gondola.
Scenic view on the way up.
I just love this shot by ah Pak that I have edited a bit on.
Reaching the peak of it and seriously we are roasted by the temperature of 38 degree and no wind, felt like we are in the sauna. This is their tourist information counter with a very friendly staff manning it. One thing for sure that I spoke mandarin with the gurl and she reply us in English. I guess she is train to speak in English to most of the people up here but one thing for sure, we came up here in the wrong season, as there is nothing to see and its pretty quiet during Summer time. As we were told by one of the locals there is that the best Season to come up here is Spring with flowers blossoming everywhere and tea leaves is fresh and green.
According to the tourist info map we got, this Tea House is one of a famous tourist area that you can enjoy your afternoon tea while looking at a beautiful scenery.
The place is well decorated with the sound of the waterfall makes the whole ambiance so natural that its so relaxing to sit in here to dine or for tea.
More like a very traditional Chinese Heritage area with wooden floor and ceiling, a mini Koi Pond and waterfall, private room area with ceiling fan that keep the whole place very cool and relaxing.
Private room that I felt that its back to those Chinese Emperor era.What is missing that girls wearing like the princess.
This is what we can view from our scene which is the most perfect room that we have requested. Only 3 rooms are available with these scenery.
In this restaurant or Tea House there are a basic surcharge for Tea that I cannot really remember. If order set lunch or ala Cart menu then it would be waived.
Nice tea set.
The tea leaves that we ordered is Kuanyin Tea which is much strong in taste and very yellowish that I love my tea to be and some of them prefer mild tea therefore another one would be Oolong Tea. Mild in taste yet aromatic aroma.
This is how we enjoy our cup of tea from the hot burning sun as we were so comfort and thinking of going out is just so hard. Wish we could stick here longer and definately will be visiting here again during Spring if there is a chance.
Going back down to business district area and next area is 101 Taipei which did known as one of the tallest building in the world.
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