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Nangang Mountain System: Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Hiking Trail 南港山系-象山親山步道

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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  • dhoeftusmc

    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

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    A lot of stairs-but worth it for the view at the top.


    A lot of stairs-but worth it for the view at the top. We hiked it with our children, ages 12, 8 and 6. No complaining but not a real easy hike.
  • Chris S

    Austin, Texas

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    Solo travel

    Great views of 101 and so close to the city


    Nice break from work. Took the kids to the playground at the bottom and I did a solo bike. Steep stairs in the way up but they lead to Nice views
  • Trang N

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Good place to view city from top


    I went for a jogging to mountain in a late afternoon to enjoy city and 101 tower in half-light time. It's quite easy to go there with rock stairways, many tourists went there. Signs and maps are clears, no worries to get lost. There're many viewpoint for tourists to take pictures. It's worthy place to visit inTaipei. It's good to start about 4:30 PM and back at 7:30PM to have dinner.
  • Nuchy P

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    Worth the sweat!


    Easy to climb even for people who don’t exercise much. Take only 20-30 mins to finish the climb. The view up there is really amazing and worth it. Such a good exercise in the late afternoon. Ps. Be there at 5 pm to watch the sunset and stay there for watching the nightlight of Taipei!
  • Sara D

    Quick Hike, Nice Views


    It’s a quick hike up (mainly up stairs) took me about 30 min. I went in June and it was extremely humid! so if you go in summer be prepared for major humidity, it’s hot even when it rains. It was an easy way up because you walk up man-made/paved stairs. there’s a nice view of Taipei once you reach the top of the mountain. I climbed onto a rock to take the picture i included with this review. It was very overcast / cloudy when I went & drizzled on and off during that time, otherwise i’m sure the view would be much clearer.

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