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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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  • kuanchiaot

    Taipei, Taiwan

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    Friends getaway



    除了有專業的又好喝的咖啡和甜點之外,象山日光咖啡廳裡,每一個角落、古董傢俱、燈飾都是我們精心經營出的美好氛圍。待在象山日光,絕對會讓你彷彿時間停留在我們的美好時光。 A nice and exotic coffee shop is located in downtown Taipei, near Taipei 101 and entrance of Elephant Hill (Xiang-Shan). If you visit Taipei City and climb the Elephant Hill, you definitely have to see this elegant place with antiques, chandeliers with lots of lovely decorations. We make delicious Italian coffees, pour-over coffees, waffles, tea, smoothies and the most important - we have friendly people. Welcome to Sunshine Cafe Elephant Hill #象山日光珈琲 #象山 #古董咖啡廳 #台北市咖啡廳 #手沖咖啡 #虹吸 #Taipei101 #Xiangshan
  • Hoong Nan Y

    Dallas, Texas

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    Friends getaway

    Worth a visit for great views


    We were staying at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, so for us it was definitely worth it to visit Elephant Mountain to get some great views of Taipei 101. We spent about 2 to 2.5 hours walking from the hotel up Elephant Mountain and back. On the way to Elephant Mountain, we took the scenic route and walked through Four Four South Village to get some pictures of 101 that contrasted with dorms from the 1940s and 1950s. It took about 30 minutes to walk up the mountain, once we reached the stairs for the mountain (we did not do the entire trail). Also, there is a split after about 20 minutes. We were told by locals to follow the trail on the right of the map for better views--just FYI. We went in the morning when it was cooler. We really enjoyed the views, but it would have been much less enjoyable if we were hiking the mountain on a summer afternoon (too hot!).
  • Glens613

    Pasig, Philippines

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    Amazing view


    This is the free version of Taipei 101. You can see an amazing view of Taipei on top of the hill. However, you have to hike 600 steps going to the top. A bit physical and not for people who don't appreciate physical activities. The hill is easily accessible from Xianshan MRT station. Worth all the energy if you know how to appreciate the view.
  • Seb4Traveling

    Great spot


    Sport and discovering. Amazing place and great view. A little bit physical but definitely doable for everyone. Also easily accessible from the subway line (terminus of the red and green lines)
  • JochenHertweck

    Frankfurt, Germany

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    Solo travel

    Fabulous view over Taipei


    In my opinion Elephant Hill offers the most stunning views of the Taipei skyline. The well-kept Xiangshan trail starts right behind the Xiangshan MRT station and is signposted all the way to the top. While it may be just 1.5 kilometers from the station to the viewpoint do not underestimate the climb, particularly if you are not used to a tropical and humid climate. So bring plenty to drink along with you. Once at the top the views are amazing and there are also several great viewpoints along the way. My favorite time to visit the Elephant Hill is just before sunset when you can witness the sun going down and the lights being turned on all over the city. But don’t forget your mosquito spray, because those creatures unfortunately come out in force in the darkness. Also don’t worry about getting back down as the path is also well-lit with lamps once it gets dark.

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