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Nangang Mountain System: Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Hiking Trail

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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  • BenGokhan

    Istanbul, Turkey

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    Solo travel

    Great city view after hiking


    Moderate Hiking is starting around 2 kms.away from 101. 1000+ steps are waiting for you. Usually around and just after sunset is best and most crowded time. Bring your mosquito repellent especially at night time. City view is good at top but if you are tired you can take nices photos at half of the route. Worth to go there.
  • isha a

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    Solo travel

    Beautiful view


    This place is easy to get to by cab. The staircase is a steep walk so carry some water and wear comfortable shoes. The view of Taipei 101 and the city is best at night. Totally worth the walk! The place is very busy with tourists walking even at late hours. There are benches to rest along the way. Half way view point took me around 15 min to get to. The view from their is very good. Going higher does not give you any better a view..
  • Muhd Firdaus R

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    Friends getaway

    Breathtaking view


    As an avid fan of hiking, i always make a point to include the activity in all my trips. Climbing up the stairs requires endurance training as the stairs are steep. But it is much easier if you are with friends as you can distract yourself from getting tired. Really enjoy the breeze and the breathaking view of the city.
  • John S

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    Awesome hike


    Great hike but do it in the morning. There are a lot of bugs so you need bug spray. We took our two kids 3 and 1 on baby carriers and it was an awesome work out. The views are worth it.
  • Juliajbm


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    Worth the hike up!


    I walked up the many steps to photograph the city at night. The view was amazing and worth the effort which was considerable but only because I was carrying a heavy backpack and camera tripod. It was hot, very humid and a lot of mosquitoes, so, if you go cover up and use Deet. Apparently there is a steep path and an easier path. I walked up the easier path and still found it hard, but I think it was due to the humidity. I was a women alone, but it was fine, with plant of people enjoying the sunset, it was quite an occasion.

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