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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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All year
Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday open 24 hours
Monday open 24 hours
Tuesday open 24 hours
Wednesday open 24 hours
Thursday open 24 hours
Friday open 24 hours
Saturday open 24 hours


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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  • deanosaur89

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    Steep and rewarding


    Spectacular views from the top, but be patient and bring some water and snacks! We entered at the Xiangshan Trailhead by following the signs from Xiangshan Station. The entrance is a bit crowded and so are the stairs, but we feel it is safer from this side because it is wider and there are a lot more handrails. The crowds thin out the further you go as it is quite steep and lots turn back. There are some good views along the way, but I found there were clearer views the further we went up and it was much less crowded. There are a couple of benches initially to sit down and if you continue there are bigger/covered areas to sit and enjoy the view. If you follow the signs to Yongchungang trail head it is a quick descent and an easy 1.5 km walk back to Xiangshan Station. I would not recommend trying to descend at night time as some of the stairs are narrow, there are not as many handrails and there does not seem to be as many lights. Keep in mind that if you cannot see the top of the tower outside the metro you won't be able to see it when you ascend Elephant Mountain.
  • 619jeffry

    Get a view of the city


    Elephant Mountain is a big hill (not a mountain, that's an exaggeration) behind Wuxing Street. It is quite steep, but you get a great view of Taipei 101, Taiwan's tallest building. It's a great place for a selfie. There are lots of trails. You will probably see some wildlife, mainly birds.Anyone of average fitness should be able to handle the climb. as long as they take it steadily.
  • jessicalB4391YS

    London, United Kingdom

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    Amazing views of Taipei city


    This is a beginner friendly hiking trail and there are many signs and information at the bottom and on the mountain. Views were amazing as you could glance the whole city from different angles at the top. However beware there will be crowds as it is famous as an Instagram spot, you will see a queue lining up for the particular rock for the ultimate photo.

    Taipei, Taiwan

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    Friends getaway

    It’s very good view to see 101 building and great hiking nearby the Taipei city


    象山捷運站出來走路10分鐘就可以到登山口,是非常靠近台北市但是又可以有大自然感覺的地方,非常的棒!看跨年煙火更是一個不會人擠人的地點。 It is a 10-minute walk from the Xiangshan MRT station to the mountain climbing entrance. It is very close to Taipei City but also can feel the nature, it is great view to see the Taipei! Looking at the New Year's fireworks from 101 building is a very good place and that will not too crowded.
  • MartinG1984

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Best views of the city


    The mountain offers probably the best views of the Taipei 101 part of the city. There are a lot of stairs, but it is worth it. I recommed to do a loop from the Elephant park all the way to the Yongchunggang park - it should take you 90-120 minutes with all the stops.

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