Taipei City, Taiwan, April 2016. Three days of National holiday, today, tomorrow and Monday. Not surprising then that the metro is packed to the rafters and who am I to not join in the fun. Its all moving like a well oiled machine, even though most of the locals are concentrating on their Facebook and social media accounts. There’s a sense of robotic efficiency – without emotion and everyone knows their place in the queue with guards deployed to watch it all closely.
Today, a trip to the much publicized Maokong Gondola. Its on all the lists of things to to in Taipei and apparently the 20 minute ride can be a life changing experience – just kidding. Seriously though, all the publicity points towards one having a very rewarding experience riding around the hills above Taipei, so lets go and check it out.
The gondola station is right next to the zoo and on a public holiday that equates to crowds. Yes, its crowded all right – a queue I’d say about 2 hours long since the gondolas are good for about 6 passengers a time! Its a queue that’s growing too, no I don’t think so, not today anyway and so I formally abandon the Maokong Gondola ride. Well since I’m here on the edge of town next to the hills and jungle, lets go and try to spot a snake!
Here, a walk along the edge of town where open space prevails, before stumbling on the highway that’s pretty much going in the same direction as the gondola ride. Quite a few buses up and down the route, plenty of options then if one feels lazy later.