We arrived to Taipei with Celebrity Millennium cruise ship. The ship Docked in Keelung
which is approximately 16 miles northeast from Taipei. from the port we walked to the Keelung Railway Station which is near the port. We boarded the train to Taipei Main Station. the fare changes depending on type of train the changes are between NT$41 to NT$64. the travel time: About 45 minutes. Schedule for the train (write Taipei-Keelung ) : http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/
At the Taipei Main station we bought a daily ticket to the MRT (the local metro) A one day pass costs NT$150 and is valid from start to end of service. more details about it: http://english.trtc.com.tw
We boarded the MRT brown line to Taipei Zoo, and from there we walked to the entrance of the Taipei Gondola. we bought tickets to the gondola. There are two types of Gondola cabins: Crystal Cabins and regular ones. The Crystal cabins are modified from the original gondola cabins. The bottom of the original cabin was replaced with tri-layer reinforced glass. There are two separate lines to the two types of cabins, and the line to the crystal cabin was significantly longer.
There are four stations:
We took a regular cabin to the fourth station: Maokong Station. The main attraction of this stop is the food. There are stalls that sell noodles, sausages, and even Korean food. Also, there are a couple of hot pot restaurants and several coffee shops. we just walked a little and took some pictures, and than boarded a crystal cabin to the third station Zhinan Temple Station. The place is breath taking. Not only is it a beautiful location, but you can see all of Taipei from there. We went to the temple which was decorated specially to the chinese new year and took a lot of pictures.
Zhinan Temple Station
We boarded the gondola back to the Taipei Zoo Station.
we took the MRT to the Taipei 101 building. "Taipei 101 is an engineering marvel and the first building of its kind in the world. Spanning 101 stories above the ground at 508 metres, the building was designed as a symbol of technology's evolution fused with Asian tradition. The building features many pan-Chinese and Asian elements mixed with a postmodern style, and is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes common in Taiwan.Besides the tower, the base of the building houses a multi-level shopping mall, food court, various restaurants and stores"
We walked around and inside the building, took some pictures and went back to Kellung port the same way as we arrived: MRT to Taipei main station and a train to the Keelung Railway station.