Cable cars opening 4 July

After some delays it seems the Maokong cable cars (貓空纜車) are finally set to start operating next week. I first wrote about the cable cars back in April.  The Taipei Times reports

After a 12-week test run and two inspections by transportation experts, Taipei's Maokong cable car system in Muzha (木柵) will begin operation on July 4, the Taipei City Government announced yesterday.

Maokong Gondola sign in MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing StationI snapped this photo of a sign in the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station yesterday. Expect to see plenty of signs and advertisements for the cable cars in the MRT as the MRT are also responsible for operating the cable car system. Interestingly they use the word "Gondola" instead of cable cars. In Mandarin the cable cars are called kōngzhōng lǎnchē (空中纜車), usually shortened to lǎnchē (纜車).

This morning I rode my bike out to Muzha and took a few photos of the station at the Taipei Zoo.

Taipei Zoo Station of the Maokong Gondola, Taipei

View of the Taipei Zoo Station. 

Taipei Zoo Station of the Maokong Cable Car system in Taipei

Close up view of the Taipei Zoo Station with cable cars operating.

cars on the Maokong Gondola in Taipei

View of the cable cars just as they enter and exit the Taipei Zoo Station. 

Once the cable cars are running I will go and take a ride. I will post a report and more photos here.  

5 thoughts on “Cable cars opening 4 July

  1. I heard that the gondolas are non-airconditioned and very poorly ventalated. I suggest waiting till the weather cools down a little to take a ride.

  2. Cool. I was wondering when those things would start service. Some people told me they were already running while others swore they weren’t finished. Anyways, I think gondola is a pretty decent translation. Considering the way they look, hanging in classic gondola-style. Besides, don’t cable cars conjure up images of rice-a-roni and San Francisco for you? Or is that just me…

  3. I just wanted to drop a line to say that English announcements should be available soon on the Gondola as I have just finished recording them about 10 days ago!! As soon as Air conditioning has been installed, I will make my way up for a visit.

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