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Nangang Mountain System: Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Hiking Trail 南港山系-象山親山步道


Xiangshan derives its name from its external shape (“xiang” means elephant in Chinese) and is located at the south-eastern section of Xinyi District. Its composition is mainly sandstone, akin to that of Hushan. The tawny cliffs and giant rocks along the path, coupled with numerous natural life forms and birds, make the entire mountain resemble a natural ecological paradise. It’s a great place for the general public to enjoy outdoor leisure time and bask in the beauty of nature.
Along the trail there are explanatory sign boards providing information to visitors concerning the environment. The diversified cliff and slope terrains form a great nurturing ground for fern-family plants. In particular, the quantity of Taiwanese Cibotium (Cibotium taiwanianum) and Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern (Cyathea lepifera) ranks top in Taipei City.
Back in the days when medicine was not as advanced as it is today, Taiwanese Cibotium was commonly used to stop bleeding. The Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern, on the other hand, is the most valuable ecological feature of Taipei City.
Standing on the top of Xiangshan, the entire Taipei Basin is right under your eyes. The extension of the ridge reaches into Zhongqiang Park of Xinyi District, and therefore has become the best evening stroll venue for local residents. It is also a great vacation spot for people to relax and relieve stress.

The Six Giant Rocks
“Laolaixia” is the name given to Xiangshan’s landscape of peculiar giant rocks. On top of these rocks, the entire view of the bustling Xinyi District is captured; it is a popular spot for photo-taking. The rising sun juxtaposed with Taipei 101 and the slumbering Xinyi District skyscrapers provide endless pictures of enjoyment throughout the day and night.



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All year
Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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1. Trail length: Hiking trail: approx. 1.5km, total: approx 2.3km
2. Altitude: 183m
3. Walking time: approx. 1 hr 40 min

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  • Riki-oh L

    Chiang Mai

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    A great view point to see Taipei


    This is a great little hike on to see the view of Taipei. I would go later in the evening where it is a lot cooler and I would recommend that you walk past the 'rocks' outlook point view where lots of people stop there and taking photos. There are lots of other great spot beyond the rock point. Make sure to take water and a towel to wipe your sweat. A must see!
  • Nix_Geo

    Cape Town, South Africa

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    Friends getaway

    A must do intro to Taipei (if you don't mind the sweat)


    The views over Taipei from this vantage point are, in my opinion, a must experience if it's your first time in Taipei and it's much cheaper than Taipei101 :) It's a hard climb mostly because it's almost entirely stairs but you get to the top pretty quickly. We avoided the line to take pictures on a random rock that everyone seems to be obsessed with and instead watched the sunset on the path along the top that also had a great view of the city - there are a couple of viewpoints so take your pick. I would recommend taking the contour path up to avoid the majority of foot traffic and it's a slightly less stair-filled climb. The view is worth the climb, trust me, but be prepared to sweat and take some water!
  • iamjiaqi

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    Tiring BUT worth the scenic view of Taipei 101 against the sunset


    If you want to capture Taipei 101 "in its own light", come during the evening such that you will be able to see it lighted up against a amazing sunset backdrop. (see photos as proof). Good for sporty people/hikers. There were stairs, stairs and more stairs. The climb up to the first wooden observatory deck took 15 minutes and a bucket load of sweat and tears HAHAHA. If you are planning on taking the hike up the elephant mountain, I would suggest you to dress comfortably in sporty clothing instead of dresses/jeans/long sleeved shirts. The climb took us (a young, and physically fit couple) 15 minutes, but there were people who took approximately 20-30 minutes to get to the top. We climbed the elephant mountain during the evening (6.45-7pm) and got to the deck just in time for sunset. Hiking during the evening was slightly cooling as compared to the afternoon heat. This is not a place to visit if you happen to carry lots of bags/shopping bags/heavy things/after a full meal.
  • Michaeltbennett

    Auckland, New Zealand

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    RUNNING REVIEW: Taipei Elephant Mountain


    Hard bloody yakka! Some of the inclines are very full-on, including the first 1km. Plus - it's 100% slate and concrete: literally for the 10km running we did there was not an inch of gravel or packed earth. A tough day @ the office for those shins. But as you eventually rise higher than Taipei 101, truly spectacular views. And very probably the friendliest bunch of fellow walkers / runners / hikers I've ever encountered anywhere. BE WARNED: after the first 1km, we couldn't find any water fountains. Take a bottle
  • ZenithWanderer

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    Friends getaway

    Quite tiring for a hike, but worth the view


    I was hoping that climbing the stairs ends, but it's okay, I had a better view of Taipei from that, and it's for free! Just don't forget to bring water, and pay attention to the signages going to the Elephant Mountain. If I am not mistaken, you can have the Red Line (train) to Xiangshan station in going to the hike.

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