A panda, a gorilla, a gondola, and a mountain.
21.06.2012 - 21.06.2012 92 °F
Dan, Julia, and I visited the Taipei Zoo to see their panda and to take the gondola up to Maekong for the views. We wandered around in the heat and humidity checking out the animals first. They were surprisingly active for how hot it was.
The gorilla was just as interested in the tourists as they were in him. The panda ate and ate and ate. The gibbons jumped back and forth from tree to tree. It was a pleasant morning and the zoos outside enclosures looked pretty comfortable for the animals.
After we wandered around the zoo for a couple of hours we made our way to the Maekong Gondola. Maekong is a huge mountain freckled with tea plantations. The gondola is a fast and easy way to travel up and over a couple of smaller mountains. The other option for travelling to the top of the mountain is a one lane twisty road. The gondola had sweeping views of a huge part of Taipei and we could very clearly see the top of Taipei 101. It looked like rain, so we headed back down the mountain. We made it to the first of four stations and we had to disembark because of the impending rain. The operators made it as pleasant as they could by providing chairs and bottled water. We were offered refunds and bus tickets. The bus took about a half an hour to reach us and the ride down the twisty mountain road was another half an hour. I guess we didn’t bypass that twisty road after all!