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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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Thursday: open 24 hours




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

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

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


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  • M C

    Taipei, Taiwan



    如果你平常只做上班交通的來回,像一隻都市螞蟻,工作、覓食然後回家的人,那麼象山步道,會是一個讓你列入年度成就、挑戰的好目標。 不論你從哪裡來,不論你是在哪個城市,來到台北,一定要去走一趟象山步道, 不僅挑戰一下自己的心肺,也飽足你的眼目需求。雖然對於都市螞蟻來說,有一點"難度",哈哈,但是真的,看到雲中的101和台北盆地,你會覺得自己真的有活著且活得 不錯! If you usually only go back and forth to work, like a city ant; work, eat and then go home, then the Elephant mountain trail will be a good target for you to make it as annual achievements and challenges goals. No matter where you come from, no matter which city you are in when you come to Taipei, you must go to the Xiangshan Trail. It takes you 2-3 hours, not only challenges your heart and lungs but also satisfies your eyesight needs. Although the climbing level is just a little "difficulty" for urban ants, haha, but really, when you see the 101 in the cloud and fascinating Taipei Basin, you will feel that you are alive!
  • 536rhondam

    Warrenton, Missouri

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    Breathtaking view of the city


    We chose to go up Tiger Mountain then followed the trail around to the peak of Elephant Mountain & descended from there. It was a gorgeous trail, well-maintained, and the view was spectacular. The climb straight up Elephant Mountain is quite steep-mostly stairs, but strenuous.

    Mississauga, Canada

    It's worth the climb


    There is no admission to this activity. Get off at Xiangshan station on the Xinyl Line and take exit 2. Look for the signs for Lane 150. You'll walk about 750m to the hiking trail which begins with a small incline before starting the 500 steps to the viewpoint and then another 100 steps to the top for more Kodak moments. There is a rest area with WC at the first viewpoint. You'll see Taipei 101 and a view of the city. The last 100 steps are steeper. Be sure to bring water and wear good shoes. Not much room at the top. You need to be fit.
  • eddiemarsdenjones

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    1/2 day on Elephant Mountain


    The good news is the trails are well maintained and signposted. They meander through a mountain forest that is very scenic and captivating. But be prepared for a steep hike, it’s not a causal stroll.
  • BillyK1980

    Melbourne, Australia

    Must do


    The view from the top is amazing and I think it is better than actually going to Taipei 101 viewing deck

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