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Review of Maokong mountain

Maokong mountain
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Private Taipei Night Tour: Tea Cuisine and Culture Discovery in Maokong
Ranked #19 of 549 things to do in Taipei
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Owner description: The Maokong gondola stops at Taipei Zoo, Zhinan Temple and the Maokong station. The Maokong station stop at the top of the mountain offers a panoramic view of the city and visitors can try delicacies like noodles with tea oil and glutinous rice with bamboo shoots.
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“Rained out”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Nice long ride over very lush green terrain south east of Taipei. Don't go on raining days, they will close down on short notice due to thunderstorms.

Visited June 2014
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“Great view of Guan Yin mountain, but tea houses are so-so”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Travel by gondola or taxi to the top of Maokong (Monkey) Mountain for a spectacular view of the tea farms, Taipei city and Guan Yin mountain off in the distance. (Guan Yin is the Chinese goddess of compassion & mercy and highly revered here.) The low-settling fog on a rainy day makes the scenery magical. Our Taiwanese friend told us this place is a favorite for dates.

Definitely bring an umbrella if you're visiting June-August, since this is peak rainy season (it started early this year.) Lots of little shops around to purchase teas & sweets. If you're looking for a traditional tea house setting, there's plenty to choose from. We stopped at Big Tea Pot tea house, which has the best views. Unfortunately, their tea was very weak and the snacks so-so. Most locals favored the hotpots for a spot of food to accompany their tea. The mountain view is what draws you in, so you won't miss out if you decide to skip the tourist-trap of the tea houses.

If you decide to take a taxi due to rainy weather (gondolas won't be running then), make sure you negotiate a fare for both ways (and get the taxi driver's biz card.) The cost is more to come down than to go up, as they have to come get you. The taxi drivers are willing to negotiate on fare costs. You'll find them lined up right at the Taipei Zoo entrance (just a few yards away from the metro station and the gondola entrance.)

Visited June 2014
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“great view”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Maokong gondola stops at Taipei Zoo, Zhinan Temple and the Maokong station. The Maokong station stop at the top of the mountain offers a panoramic.

Took the gondola up. Just take the metro to the Taipei Zoo stop (last stop) and walk a block. Fare if NT$50 each way which is less than US$2. Once on top of the mountain, there are lots of restaurants and tea houses. We took the #15 bus back down which I think costs NT$15.

Great place to visit. Cable car ride was lovely, fast and cheap.or taking picture

great place for taking picture.

Visited June 2014
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“For tea houses or hiking”
Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We did go hiking but I am sure it would be nice if you are prepared for the temperature / humidity.

The mountain is littered with tea houses of all kinds. If you are willing to spend a bit (approx 600-1000 NTD for two) then take a private booth at Yuan Xu Yuan tea house - Y11). There is an indoor pond and depending on the booth nice views or a view of the indoor pond with Koi Carps. There is a service charge per person which basically is the rent for 3 hours for the booth. You can choose your tea and various snacks (nuts and alike). There are English instructions regarding the tea brewing process.

We did see much tea bushes or tea production near the roads. If you are not interesting in tea houses or hiking the I would not go here.

Visited May 2014
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“Maokong mountain”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Took the gondola up. Just take the metro to the Taipei Zoo stop (last stop) and walk a block. Fare if NT$50 each way which is less than US$2. Once on top of the mountain, there are lots of restaurants and tea houses. We took the #15 bus back down which I think costs NT$15

Visited May 2014
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