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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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Suggested Months for Visiting
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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  • Tina C

    Singapore, Singapore

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    Friends getaway

    Easy hiking with the best Taipei 101 view


    It’s a must do in Taipei! It’s a easy 15-20 min hike, and you’ll be amazed by the beautiful view of Taipei. People usually sit on the big rock and take pics with Taipei 101. You could also continue hiking to 2 other peaks.
  • maxpit7

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    Friends getaway

    Elephant mountain


    It’s beautiful and so tired because walk long way but I think very funny .if I come back again I wanna go this place.
  • oonajin

    Taipei, Taiwan

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    A great place to take a walk


    I always enjoy my trip there. It's close the Taipei 101 and easy to walk up in half an hour without sweating. It's relaxing and healthy to enjoy the view on the top of the hill.
  • Vanessa T

    Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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    Elephant Mountain


    Elephant Mountain was a beast to climb but it was worth it! There are lots of resting spots along the way to take your time and enjoy the view. Seems like you are hiking in the middle of nowhere but it’s right in the city. The view at the top was amazing, overlooking the city and Taipei 101. At the bottom of the hike was a vendor selling some amazing homemade cookies that we just had to treat ourselves with after the long hike! :)
  • leep116

    Los Angeles, California

    A must do


    This is better than paying to go up to the Taipei 101 conservatory. The only downside is a 400 m, all stairs hike up. Make sure you are healthy enough to do this hike. Theres a lookout about halfway up which i thought gave better views than at the top. Its about a 20 min hike up and 15 min back down.

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