Maokong Gondola Lift and Taipei Zoo
The Maokong gondola lift is located in a historic area of the Taiwanese capital, connecting Taipei Zoo and Maokong. It is one of the largest in the world, spanning four kilometres. Ensuring the synchronisation of its 5 sections and the interconnection of its 6 stations constituted a true technological challenge.
The Maokong gondola lift is not only the first recreational ropeway in the city of Taipei, it is also the longest ropeway system in Taiwan with a distance of 4.03 km.
It connects the city to the large zoo, located in a vast park that is also home to the Buddhist Zhinan Temple and the famous “Muzha Tea Garden”, destinations popular with the city’s tourists.
Difference in elevation
Number of stations
2400 passengers/ hour
Number of cabins
Passengers per cabin
Availability rate of
for the project
Over 2 million passengers
in a few months
Opened on 4 July 2007, the gondola lift had already carried 2,364,682 passengers by 31 December 2007. Used by nearly 25,000 passengers per day. The Maokong gondola lift quickly became one of the most popular tourist sites in Taiwan.
Blending into the landscape
The unique configuration of this installation underlines the ability of ropeway transportation to blend into the landscape. The gondola lift overlooks several hills without disturbing the natural environment.
Double safety line
The gondola lift is equipped with a double safety line to ensure optimal operation. A device that proved to be particularly effective given the damage caused by the site’s numerous cockatoos and flying squirrels.
to the city’s Metro
Managed and operated by the public company in charge of running the Taipei metro, the gondola lift is very affordable and the regular metro passes are also valid. The gondola lift is open 18 hours a day, all year round, with few exceptions.
rate of 99.99%
Since it opened in 2007, the gondola lift has had an exemplary average availability rate.
Maokong gondola lift in pictures
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