Ever had the sensation you’re hanging up in the air between a sea of clouds? With the Maokong Gondola and the summer rainy cloudy weather you can experience just that. Though you won’t enjoy the scenic beauty of the Maokong tea plantations, you will feel like you’re flying through clouds all the way up to the top.
Although I’ve lived in Taiwan for quite a while, I was so far really unlucky with the Gondola. The first time I wanted to visit the Gondola, I followed the Lonely Planet time schedule and came in on a Monday only to find out it’s closed for maintenance on Mondays. Still, I decided to take the bus up to Chi-Nan Temple, the middle stop on the Maokong Gondola, and had a terrific time there.
Shortly after that time, the Gondola was shut down for a very long period due to some serious problems following a typhoon. It was only recently reopened and so I finally had the chance to go and take the gondola all the way to the top. It was a rainy day, with countless clouds surrounding the Muzha mountains.
And so… this is what my trip up looked like. I can only describe the experience as… magical.
Hot or cold, rain or sunshine, it’s worth a visit. If you’re not in a rush – don’t miss it.
Oh, and BTW – it’s unbelievably cheap for the tourist attraction that it is.
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