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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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  • Katty Y

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    Great views


    If coming from Taipei 101, i suggest taking the red line to Xiangshan station (20 NTD) to save your energy for the uphill climb.. this would skip a 15 min walk from taipei 101 to the beginning of elephant mountain trail. It was drizzling during our visit so we had to go up slowly.. the ascent took us about 30 min. There are handrails on 1 side which was very helpful but few rest stops/seats along the way. We only made it up to the 1st view deck, just in time to see the buildings of taipei light up for the night. Excellent views of Taipei 101 despite some clouds momentarily covering it up. Took some photos before going back down. There are lamp posts along the way but still too dark and had to use a flashlight to avoid mishaps. At the bottom there's a small store selling snacks and drinks (we didnt buy).
  • Scott M

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    Solo travel

    Day off in Taipei


    I was in Taipei for business and had a day off and wanted to get some exercise. This was perfect. Amazing views at the top even in cloudy weather. There is also a cool temple at the bottom you can check out.
  • Meilum

    London, United Kingdom

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    Breathtaking views


    It was worth the hike as the views were amazing and breathtaking. Definitely hike earlier in the day when the sun isn’t as strong and bring plenty of water! Amazing! Would definitely do it again!
  • Jet S

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    Best view of the city and Taipei 101 Building


    Trail/hike is amazing. They're just stairs going up but man, if you're not used to working out or walking, you'll give up right away. However, I encourage everyone to go all the way up where you can see the best view of Taipei 101 as well as the city and go there before sunset. Sunset is real nice there! :) Lots of people though.
  • TorontoMusicman


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    Well worth the hike


    The hike up this mountain is highly recommended as it offers spectacular views of Taipei and the nearby Taipei 101 tower. There are two paths to get there. One of them starts near Xiangshan MRT stop. The path is wide and well maintained.

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