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

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Tuesday:open 24 hours




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.


Outing Locations Family Activities
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday open 24 hours
Monday open 24 hours
Tuesday open 24 hours
Wednesday open 24 hours
Thursday open 24 hours
Friday open 24 hours
Saturday open 24 hours


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

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


Nearby MRT

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  • DannyGS

    Bucharest, Romania

    Great park


    Is very nice park and I enjoyed walking with my friends If you go take a towel with you because is very very hot and will help you with the sweat.
  • marquezmiko

    Singapore, Singapore

    Short but satisfying hike


    I visited this trail with my older mother and it was perfect. The stair-filled hike was a bit challenging for her but the views were fantastic and there were multiple levels to take photos from. At the very top there may be people queueing to climb up on a large boulder which, when framed right, gives a great isolated view of you/your group and Taipei 101. I could see the trail getting very-crowded so make it in the morning if you can, which has the added benefit of cooler weather and perhaps even a sunrise.
  • cjmavis


    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Great view and easy to access


    Elephant Mountain is one of the most popular hiking places in Taipei. It just a few minutes away from MRT station and has great view of Taipei City as well as Taipei 101. It’s better to go there in a good weather day, you can see even better view from the top. A good place to go if you want to away from the city for 1-2 hours. Highly recommend.
  • _C4038DF

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    A place can see Taipei 101


    This is a little bit hard to the top mountain but when you on the top you see 101 clearly and there have nice view in the nigh.
  • Pierre E

    Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Beautiful views, relatively short hike


    If you want great views of Taipei and the 101, this is the place for you. The hike itself is up a whole lot of rock stairs, so pace yourself. Once at the top, don't turn around to go down the same way! Instread, turn left at the top and follow the flat path across the "mountain." On the way, you will see many beautiful flowers, many more views, and towards the bottom, stop at the small beautiful temple.

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