Even after reading about the previous mishaps on windy days, we decided to try the gondola ride because the weather was clear and beautiful and because we wanted to go to the tea farms. The gondola can be reached by MRT at the Taipei zoo station. It is a short walk from the MRT exit. The queues moved pretty quickly and even quicker for those who chose the glass bottomed rides.
The scenery from the cabins are mostly green/ lush tea farms/ mountains with a distant view of the city. In comparison to HongKongs 360, the scenery is not as interesting.
We got off at the end of the line to try out some tea. The tea cafes were a long walk from the exit so one should wear comfortable shoes. The cafes were quite rustic in style, some with good views of the city. Uness you are a tea connoisseur, one has difficulty discerning good teas from not-so-good. Some cafes do charge up front so there is no benefit of trying the tea first before purchasing. The teas are not cheap but understandably of good quality from the mountains.
On our trip back, we were upgraded to the crystal cabin. It was a different experience but not as harowing as I feared since I do have a fear of heights. It was a nice treat for us..
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