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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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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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  • 730christic

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    Such a lovely HIKE with a great view of the city


    You won't be lonely on this hike! There were so many people on this Sunday early afternoon. Many tourists just like us and several local people out for exercise. One man passed us twice while we were huffing and puffing up the hill. The views along the hike are quite lovely and the hike, though tuff for me at 52 and in mediocre shape, was well worth it. Be sure and take water because you are going to get dehydrated with all of the heavy breathing you are going to be doing. The steps are sturdy and not slippery. There were little kids and people a lot older than me so I think as long as you have a strong heart you should give this hike a go. There is a bathroom along the hike.
  • rwal_666

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    Friends getaway

    Nature like long stairs to a great view


    The stairs aren’t that easy to climb due to its nature like model. Heights and depths differ a bit from step to step. When at the top it gives a nice view on Taipei 101 and the city.
  • Pradeep A

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    Solo travel

    A great hike worth the view


    This is probably the best place to view the Taipei 101. It would take some effort to hike up the mountain and would require a certain level of fitness. But the path up is well marked and steps are safe. there are many photo opportunity on the way up and you could see Taipei 101 from many stops but its worth to go up all the way to the top for the best view. Do remember to enjoy the fresh orange juice at the start of the climb.
  • snworb

    Toronto, Canada

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    Great view


    We climbed up Elephant Mountain which is located a short stroll from downtown. Great way to spend a couple of hours. A combination of exercise and scenic views. Good for all ages.
  • sheisnotlost

    San Diego, California

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    Friends getaway

    Worth it!


    Went on a Friday afternoon and the hike thankfully wasn't as busy as I expected- though it was more challenging than I expected! Bring bug spray, there were some of the biggest mosquitos I've ever seen on this hike. There are multiple platforms throughout and each offering a stunning view of Taipei 101. We rushed to make it back down before it got dark, but next time I would love to see the lights of the city coming on at night. There are no concessions at the top, so remember to stop by the vending machine or the local vendors at the street entrance of the hike.

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