Current conditions of the Maokong Gondola System
■ Traffic Route:
The entire gondola journey has 6 stations (four passenger stations and two angle stations), 25 piers and 47 towers. The full length of the route is 4.03 kilometers, roughly in the shape of a numeral 7.
Operating Stations: Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple Station and Maokong Station.
Cabins: Total 147 cabins,including 31 crystal cabins (Eyes of Maokong Gondola). Each regular cabin is designed to carry eight passengers. A crystal cabin (Eyes of Maokong Gondola) can carry no more than five passengers, because its base of reinforced glass weighs more than 200 kilograms.
Operation Method: The Maokong Gondola is a system of “circulatory cable cars” circulating around the stations, like the conveyor belt in a Sushi Express Shop. The cabins themselves do not have driving force. They are carried on cables that are driven by a power system. The automatic circulatory system of the French firm POMA is employed, and travels to operate in an anti-clockwise direction.
Platform: Taipei Zoo Station and Maokong Station have rotary type platforms. Taipei Zoo South Station and Zhinan Temple Station have lateral type platforms.
(Maokong Station - The rotary type platform)
(Taipei Zoo South Station - The lateral type platforms)
Features: The Gondola System is a new transportation method. It provides passengers with an aerial view of the tea plantations in Maokong, assures the integrity of Maokong’s natural environment, and has the features of low pollution, convenience, reliability and safety.
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