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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- Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
2. Altitude: 183m
3. Walking time: approx. 1 hr 40 min
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Great walk with a viewRather strenuous climb up with many stairs but worth it for a lovely view of Taipei and Taipei 101 . Even if you only do half the walk there are views along the way
Excellent view of the cityThis trail is a bit of a climb and can get busy. The view is well worth the effort. There are benches at the top so you can sit and enjoy the view in a shaded area.
Wonderful ViewsI always go up to Elephant Mountain, as well as Muzhi Shan every time I travel to Taipei. It is special this time round as I brought my partner up to the summit on my birthday!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oh, the view!I read a blog stating it would take about 20mins to hike up to the first platform, with moderate health/fitness - trusting that guide, I brought my 65-yr old mom along for the climb. A word of caution: there are several parts of the hike up where the incline was really steep. It took us 40mins in all to get to the first platform. The 32degree heat contributed to the difficulty! All the huffing and puffing was worth it though, because the view was superb. The clear skies that day also enabled us to take picture-perfect shots of the Taipei 101 in the backdrop of the whole of Taipei. We stopped at the first platform and spent time there - even at that level we enjoyed the beautiful Taipei landscape (and we were too tired to hike higher). I personally prefer nature trails to urban buildings, so I truly enjoyed this outing. This certainly makes a change from the usual/boring city tourist stops. Must bring: mosquito/insect repellents, water, camera & a big smile!
nice but not a mustnice but not a must. it is a nice trail. a lot of stairs so better not to come on hot day/ the view is nice
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