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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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Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
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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  • AjKamath

    Bengaluru, India

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    Best city-scape view of Taipei (imho)


    For a fairly easy (unless you hate stairs!) hike and stunning view of Taipei City, look no further than Elephant mountain on the Xiangshan Hiking Trail. Very easy to get to from Xiangshan MRT (red line), there are directions along the park to help you find your way to the start of the trail. Takes about 30-40 minutes to get to the Insta-famous boulders where you will see a few hundred people sticking few thousand poses! My advice: keep going and stop at the lookout which is a further 10 minutes up ahead. It’s worth it coz the views are equally stunning, if not better and there’s always more space! I started at 4pm and made it a fair way further up the trail before making my way back to the lookout to catch the sunset. Really spectacular at golden hour to catch a shot of Taipei 101 and the Taipei City-scape From up here. Trail is very well lit so you can even start hiking after sundown to catch the night view. Overall a great half-day activity and I highly recommend it when you’re in Taipei!
  • Jomer B


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    Solo travel

    Get your workout for the day right here. The view is worth it.


    I think I'm in decent shape but still was breathing pretty hard by the time I got to the top. Took about 25-30 minutes climbing the stairs and about another 20 minutes going back down. The view at the end is worth the climb though and I highly recommend going during sunset if you can for the best pictures. But if you go during sunset, make sure you have a flashlight going back down since there's no lights on the trail and the stairs are steep. I think I remember seeing one restroom on the way up. The stairs get pretty steep in some areas so you can forget about doing this if you're impaired in any way (wheelchair, stroller, leg injury etc). There's no lift or any type of assistance when climbing to the top. There's around 2 or 3 rest areas and viewing spots as you make your way to the top. There's a main viewing point at the top which is where the majority of people will climb to. But if you keep going down the trail maybe another 2 minutes there's a small alcove that no one really knows about where you can get the best view and was where I took my sunset picture.
  • Tinglen L

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    Solo travel

    24/7 Hiking Trail for everyone


    You never know Taipei till you hike the Elephant Mountain. The trail is suited for beginner to adventures and opens 24/7. Once you reach the peak of Elephant, you may see the great view of Taipei from the east. If you plan to visit Taipei, it's a must visit designation. And don't forget to pack a pair of comfortable shoes with you.
  • dwkno

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    Make sure prepared urself before taking the hike. But the view compensate for it. I was there and it was raining so be careful while ascending/descending the staircase. It is also a hiking trail (Xiangshan Trail)
  • charmsgwapa

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    Breathtaking view of Taipei :)


    Although it was quite tiring to go up - it was all worth it, low and behold! the view at the top is breathtaking.

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