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Monday, July 6, 2015

Walking Around Taipei: Maokong Gondola and More Food! [Day 4]

As we were very productive the previous day, we started our 4th day with brunch at San Fa HK Style Restaurant in Da'an District, located near Hello Kitty Cafe and Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station. 

San Fa HK Style Restaurant

Anticipating a lot of walking, I ordered a big rice dish: Braised Beef and Egg with Rice (NT$150 or Php 217) and Hot Coffee (NT75 or Php 108) while my friend had Wonton Noodle Soup (NT$ 165 or Php 239). 

Braised Beef and Egg with Rice
 Wonton Noodle Soup
HK Style Coffee

The place seems popular in the area as a lot of people were lining up outside and the 2-storey restaurant doesn't have enough tables. My meal was satisfactory but I wished I ordered a noodle soup like my friend. I enjoyed the HK Style Coffee, with Black & White evaporated milk. This coffee is only available in Tuan Tuan in SM Megamall. 

I love how creamy yet strong the coffee is, too bad they only have one size for the coffee. Try San Fa's Chili Oil, which you can also buy by the jar. 

Maokong Gondola

We headed to Taipei Zoo Station (MRT brown line) to try the Maokong Gondola. 

Maokong Gondola is the lift transportation system in Taipei. It has four stations: Taipei Zoo, Taipei Zoo South, Zhinan Temple and Maokong. 

Opens from Tuesday to Sunday, the Maokong Gondola has two types of cabins: the regular cabin, a metal floor cabin which can carry up to 8 passengers, and the crystal cabin, a glass floor cabin which can carry up to 6 passengers. Note that the two cabins have the same fare but have different queues. 

We chose to ride the crystal cabin to Maokong (one-way ticket is NT$50 or Php 73). You can use your Easycard to ride the gondola. To ride crystal cabin, you can either get a queue ticket online or on site. We got ours on site but waited around 1.5 hours to get a ride. While waiting, you can take pictures around the area, as the official mascot of the Maokong Gondola is Hello Kitty! :)

our queue ticket to Maokong gondola

The queue to the Maokong Gondola was very systematic and the staff was very helpful. 

I'm afraid of heights and riding the gondola was actually a challenge. The 4-km gondola ride has an altitude of up to 299.3 meters. 

Maokong Station

Maokong area is known for the tea culture hence the teahouses near the gondola station. But since the tea leaves were quite expensive, we just explored the area and ate street food. :)

I had Papaya Milk (NT$50 or Php 72) and Peanut Ice Cream Roll (NT$40 or Php 58) while walking under a sunny weather. 

Papaya Milk

Peanut Ice Cream Roll

We rode the gondola again to go back to the Taipei Zoo station and tred if we can still visit the Taipei Zoo. However, we didn't get there on time, so we just took photos in front of the entrance.

We went to Tonkatsu near Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station for our early dinner. 

My friend and I both ordered a Pork Katsu Set (NT$200 or Php 290), which comes with refillable miso soup and rice, cabbage and coffee jelly. 

While I still can, I captured Taipei 101 at night. 

Taipei 101 at night

This was officially our last evening in Taipei as we need to pack up and fly back to Manila the next evening. 

Note: NT$1 = Php 1.45


San Fa HK Style Restaurant
No. 108, Sec. 1, Da'an Road, Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan

2nd Floor
No. 96-1, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan

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