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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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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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  • Benjamin F

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    quite the hike


    This hike takes you as far as you want to go. Nice views the entire time. Great views of Taipei 101.
  • Yvert d

    London, United Kingdom

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    Friends getaway

    Worth the walk


    I must admit I was quite surprised with how few people were on the path up to the top. It was not a bad day and even though it had rained earlier the ground underfoot had dried quickly and the clouds had cleared. It is more of a walk up a good few steps than a hike and as walks go it's not too strenuous. When you get to the top, you'll see it will have been worth it. The restaurant at the bottom is not bad either and they do a 2 for 1 special on their own beers during happy hour
  • Tansy C

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    Friends getaway

    Great way to finish the day


    A short hike for some great views of the city. Maybe 20 minutes? There are over 400 steps up to the "six rocks" platform. Everything is paved/stone, but do be careful as the rise/run of the steps does vary. The trailhead was a little hard to find. I was dropped off by a taxi at the nearby park and told to walk around the park. There were a few Xiangshan signs on the ground tiles but they eventually stopped. We asked a local a couple times and eventually was directed to the trailhead. People on the street were very helpful and aware that this is probably the desired destination for people with their heads in their phones / looking around for signs. For sunset, it's well-known and can get pretty crowded. Go early if you want a good spot, but don't worry too much - I went on a weekday evening in July, it wasn't so crowded that you can't move around. The first landing has a look-out, and then a little further up there's the "Six Rocks" - people climb on them for photos. There was a line-up of people to take turns to have a photo on the rock at the front. You'll also find some more informational placards about the mountain (i.e. why it's called Xiangshan/Elephant Mountain). This trail has connections to other trails in the area. Signage is clear along the trail.
  • JulieBowater

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    Great views


    Arrived here about 8.30am before it got too hot. Enjoyed the walk up the steps to the top, bit of a workout but not too hard. Fabulous views over Taipei from the viewing points and all for free. Met someone who'd also been to Taipei 101 and she thought this was much better. Lots of handrails to help going up or down if you need them, don't forget some water, we took a small towel as well. Great morning, highly recommended
  • marcusleigh


    Many steps


    Go for sunset and you will be very impressed! This has hundreds of steep steps that is not for someone who had bad knees!

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