Welcome to Maokong
The lush hilly region of southern Taipei, known as Maokong (貓空; Māokōng), has a long association with tea cultivation. In fact, for a time it was Taiwan's largest tea-growing area. These days the verdant landscape is not just a place to grow tea; it's also somewhere to enjoy drinking it. There are few activities so quintessentially Taiwanese, and in recent years the city has made an extra effort to attract visitors to the region. This includes restoring old trails, landscaping roads, building lookouts and adding public transport options such as a scenic gondola ride starting from near the MRT Zoo station. Cyclists in particular appreciate the low traffic conditions in the hills, and Maokong has emerged as one of the most popular of the many scenic day rides around Taipei.