While in Taipei, I visited Maokong (貓空, literally ‘cat empty’), a mountain area known for its tea, and accessible by gondola. I had to visit.
The gondola to Maokong starts from right near the Taipei Zoo (which I did not visit), and oddly enough has a fountain show. I sat here for a bit, read, and waited for the show to start. It was pretty good. The fountains are set to spurt, sway, and spin in time with classical music.
I went the crystal cabin: a gondola with a glass floor, so you can see below. It was actually a bit underwhelming – the floor was so scratched up from years of use, you could not really see through it.
But in any case, the views from the gondola were pretty good:
Maokong is known for its tea – there’s a lot of different tea growers in the region, so they all have their own tea shops at Maokong. Some were formal buildings with formal tea ceremonies or the ability to brew your own tea, but others were simply carts by the side of the road.
But since I don’t know the first thing about tea, I instead stopped by a boutique shop, where I had some pre-brewed tea, a tea-flavored desert, and tea-flavored ice cream. It was was pretty delicious.