Throughout Taiwan, tea is a deeply embedded part of the day-to-day culture, and the tea plantations of Maokong have become a favorite destination for locals and tourists looking to get away from the city for a day. To accommodate the influx of visitors, the Maokong Gondola began operating in 2007, making it Taipei’s first aerial gondola. In 2010, some of the cable cars were retrofitted with fiberglass bottoms, called “Eyes of Maokong Gondola.”
The entire route extends 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) from the Taipei Zoo to Maokong with four total stations. Fares are paid based on the number of stations you plan to travel to. If you’d like to ride in a glass-bottom gondola, you’ll have to wait in a separate line.
The gondola ride is only part of the Maokong attraction. Once you get to the top, you can pick tea in the plantations, visit a tea museum or hike the trails of the surrounding hills.