Visa-Free Taiwan for Filipinos: Maokong Gondola

I was only reminded that I haven't posted about our complete Taiwan trip when the announcement that Taiwan has decided to extend the visa-free entry of Filipino passport holders.

Summary of our Taiwan trip last December link: here.

In order to get to the station, you need to ride the Brown Line of their MRT to Taipei Zoo. What we did was we first explored the Taipei Zoo before riding the cable car to Maokong. Allot enough time for this place because Taipei Zoo is huge plus Maokong Peak and Zhinan Temple are places of interests as well.

You can use the your Metro Card to pay for the zoo and for the cable car ride.

We were able to ride the crystal cabin on our way to the top. Lucky us there weren't lines when we got there.
The rate is $120ntd/adult per way, the charge is the same for the regular and glass bottom cabins. The line of tourist is just the problem because the latter definitely has longer line on most days.

I've ridden a cable car in Genting Highlands in Malaysia, San Jacinto State Park in California, Wynn Hotel and Guia Hill in Macau but Taiwan's Maokong Gondola is my favorite so far. 

First reason is because of the crystal cabin that we rode since the greenery/forest below can easily be seen and it's way more exciting because of the glass floor. 

It's not expensive and you can see the cityscape of Taipei and the lush forest while riding.

From Taipei Zoo, there's a stop in Zhinan Temple - a temple complex you can explore should you have enough time. We weren't able to go down this stop 'cause we felt that we were running out of time.

This is the Maokong Station where you'll ride the cable car down. I'll create a separate post about Maokong too. 

After spending around three hours in Maokong, we decided to ride the cable car down already to beat the crowd. The time of operations is: 8:30AM to 9PM

It was continuously drizzling that day hence, the view.

This is really a must-visit when in Taiwan because it's not all the time that you can ride a cable car. <3
If you're riding the cable car a bit late, I believe there's a light and fountain show near the Taipei Zoo MRT station every Friday - Sunday nights.

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