Once at the top you can enjoy some tea at any number of tea houses. They will show you how to brew the tea and you can drink it outside while enjoying a spectacular view. I went to the PCL Tea House... a modest looking tea house that has been around for a while. If you prefer there are some that allow you to sit on glass while koi and turtles swim under you.
PCL Tea House.
At PCL I was asked if I knew how to brew tea. I did not so a lady there showed me how. I tried the best I could to repeat it. Here's my second hand lesson in brewing Taiwanese Tea:
I believe I made a mistake in this video. Don't pour the tea back on the little kettle, just dump it in the pan. Only pour water on the kettle; so dump the tea in the pan, fill the white tea container with water and dump it on the small kettle.
Unfortunately I'm not a very good photographer so my pictures of the view from PCL don't really capture the real beauty of the scenery. While sitting here you really can understand why the Portuguese called Taiwan Formosa, meaning beautiful island.
A picture of the Temple built in 1891 and Taipei 101 from PCL... I'm a terrible photographer. This picture doesn't do it justice at all. It was a spectacular view.
After I enjoyed the tea I decided to go check out some of the temples at the lower Gondola levels.
An abandoned pagoda.... it looked beautiful to me from a distance but up close you could see it was not kept in good condition. The water surrounding it looked like a great place for mosquitos to thrive so I left quickly.
I believe this is the Buddhist god of discontent, he is a jaded lover. If you believe in it, visiting him will cause your marriage to fail. I think the superstition is taken seriously by the locals because his shrine was deserted except for me. The other temples were quite full with worshipers and visitors.