Dancing Waters combines the grace of flowing water with the dazzle of color. This dance begins every half hour, offering a soothing place for visitors to relax and enjoy the show. Show times please refer to the Maokong Gondola's website.
Located in the Waiting Area on the ground floor of Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station, the animals on the clock spring into action on the hour.
The zoo features Formosan Animal Area, Children's Zoo, Asian Tropical Rainforests Area, Desert Animals Area, Australian Animal Area, African Animal Area, Temperate Zone Animal Area and Birds World. The ever-alluring panda duo Tuantuan and Yuanyuan, the adorable koalas and the constantly active penguins are the stars of the zoo. If you haven't seen them, then you haven't visited Taipei Zoo!
Zhinan Temple incorporates elements from Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism and is one of the most revered temples in Taiwan.This is an imposing and grand temple that has a great deal of cultural and artistic significance in its magnificent carvings and decorations.
In coherence with local religious believes, centred around the idea of "three religions and five houses for life guidance” to create five key themes on the grounds. It conveys the unique blend of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism found in local culture through the five houses of parents, children, siblings, spouses and fortune and virtue.
The location is easily reached by public transport, visitors can take the Maokong Gondola directly to "Zhinan Temple Station” for an excursion that combines religion, ecology and leisure. This family friendly destination has heaps of surprises to offer, especially during the flower season in spring.
This path runs more than 900 meters to the Zhinan Temple and features 23 flights of 1,185 stone steps. Thus the trail presents a good opportunity to train for more rigorous climbers while offering a good temple experience along the way.
An extension of the northwest corner of Erge Mountain, Monkey Mountain got its name because its shape resembles a monkey's head, and is also called Ape Mountain. It is one of the most prominent features in the ring of green peaks that line the southeastern side of Taipei Basin. There is a Class 4 trig point on the mountain peak at an elevation of 553 meters.
Monkey Mountain rises up rapidly from the Taipei Basin. At the top is a large stone outcrop that requires climbers to scramble on all fours to reach the peak – one of the explanations of why it is called Monkey Mountain.
A path to Monkey Mountain starts at the parking lot behind the Zhinan Temple and extends up to No. 71, Wanshou Road. The entire route goes through wooded mountains. (Information from the website of Wenshan District Office of Taipei)
A beautiful and innovative amalgam of religion and culture
At the foot of Zhinan Mountain, there is a quiet corner, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Taipei City, where visitors can enjoy a glimpse of a peaceful, laid back lifestyle. Now, Zhinan Temple has opened the Chen Yang-Chun Art Gallery here, as a space to display the unique style of atmospheric color washes painted by the renowned watercolor artist Chen Yang-Chun, brining an extra touch of artistic aura to Zhinan Temple, while creating an interesting dialogue between art and religion.
To enrich the tourist experience in Maokong, the Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Public Works Department, Taipei City Government, connected the various tracks to form a tea-themed circular trail. Visitors may take the Maokong Gondola to Maokong Station, turn left at the exit and follow the street toward the Tea Promotion Center to come to the Health Trail opposite it. Along the way, you will pass scenic spots such as the century-old camphor trees, cypress sea, tea terraces and potholed riverbed, as well as the Sky Trail, suspended bridge, children's seats, agricultural wall art and much more. A walk along the trail brings you the full experience of the beautiful Maokong area and its rich cultural heritage.
The center's full name is the Taipei Tieguanyin and Paochung Tea Promotion Center. Opened in April 1985, it was originally called the Taipei Muzha Tieguanyin and Paochung Tea Promotion Center and changed its name in 1999.
The center includes an exhibition area, an educational area, an outdoor teaching area, an ecological pond, a weather observation platform, an artificial erosion trough and a tea plantation.
The exhibition area of the museum explains the production process of Muzha Tieguanyin as well as Nangang Paochung tea, showing how teas are tasted, brewed and preserved as well as the health benefits of drinking tea. There are also displays of different types of tea and diagrams of tea distribution around Taipei.
The Tianen Temple is located in the west side of the Tieguanyin and Paochung Tea Promotion Center. It belongs to the I Kuan Tao religious sect in which Maitreya Buddha is venerated.
The rural Camphor Trail and the melodic Zhanghu Trail join together to form a circle. The trails are dotted with various points of interest, such as the Station Square, renovated brick houses, refurbished charcoal kilns, a scenic pond, and public art of an ox cart and a granary, revoking agricultural villages of the olden days. Wandering along the trails, you will find yourself basking in romantic nostalgia. Even more fun is to be had if you join the treasure-hunting cat for some stone rubbings, one of the most popular attractions of Maokong.
The Zhangshan Temple located in the Wenshan District of Taipei was established in 1931 and has a history of nearly 80 years of devotion to the Guanyin.
During the Qianlong Reign of the early Qing Dynasty, hardy pioneers came to Taiwan across the Taiwan Strait and started to develop the Muzha area. As there were more immigrants came to this area in the Jiaqing Reign, they began to develop the mountainous area and settled on both sides of the mountain.
In 1930 a group of immigrants from the region near Zhanghu discovered a rock resembled the shape of Guanyin. They took the finding as a sign and began offering up incense in worship. As the number of adherents steadily increased, two of the adherents, Chang Xi and Chang Fa, pledged to Guanyin and subsidized the building of the temple.
Address: No. 53-2, Lane 34, Sec. 3, Zhinan Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City (Muzha Tourist Tea Gardens)
The Chang Naimiao Memorial Tea Museum is currently run by Chang Weiyi, a grandson of the old tea master.
The memorial museum honors one of Taiwan's earliest tea masters, Chang Naimiao, who brought in Tieguanyin tea plants from Fujian Province in 1895 and planted them in the Zhanghu area of Muzha, the only place in Taiwan where Tieguanyin is cultivated.
Visitors can enjoy the taste of Maokong Tieguanyin in the tea room on the first floor of the museum and admire the many handmade teapots crafted by Chang Weiyi.
An admission fee to the second floor is required. Visitors will find displays on the culture and history of Maokong's tea, the story behind Muzha Tieguanyin tea, the history of tea in China, the types of tea, how they are processed, and many more aspects of this marvelous beverage. Although visitors can't produce tea here by themselves, they'll still gain knowledge of tea processing.
The Sanxuan Temple Path refers to a small stone footpath which passes next to Zhinan Elementary School. If you start out from National Chengchi University and proceed up into the Maokong area, following the river valley to Lane 38, Sec. 3 of Zhinan Road, you will soon come to a small bridge at Shipokeng where the head of the trail is located. The entrance is clearly marked with a signboard that describes the location and carries a poem: "Shipokeng has bright mountains and clear waters; the farmers listen to a voice singing while they are farming. The farmers in the mountains lead a good life, harvesting bamboo and tea and tangerine. The bright moon above Zhanghu remains unchanged, but the changing world brings renovation."
This poetry describes how rural life was since the earliest days in the Muzha area.
The bamboo, tea and tangerine plantations can all be seen when you follow this path.
In addition to this signboard which drawn in detail the pathway and the tea gardens in this area, further along the path are aluminum plaques installed to remind the climbers to take a rest and admire the beauty of the tea plantations scenery.
The trail comes out again at Sanxuan Temple, where you will find a concentration of tea houses and restaurants. Visiting the tea plantations as a tourist activity gained popularity in the 1980s. At this time, the locals began to infuse their tea culture with more leisure and entertainment activities. Now on weekends and holidays, crowds of people come to have a good time, and the old tea road path draws lots of hikers passing through the mountains. (Information from the website of Wenshan District Office of Taipei)