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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- Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
2. Altitude: 183m
3. Walking time: approx. 1 hr 40 min
Services & Facilities
Easily accessible, great viewsEasily managed 1.5 hour walk for sunrise views at lookout platforms (return, including time for photos at various points) from Grand Hyatt hotel. Well-maintained concrete path with hand rails for steps. Lamps at regular intervals. Includes fit and friendly senior locals taking their early morning exercise—inspires one to persevere when the steps get steep.
Worth an early morning workoutI visited elephant mountain very early one morning as the sun rose. There were some people on the trail so it was not deserted, and I felt safe. It was a bit rigorous, but great for anyone ready for a bit of a sweat. I would give yourself a couple hours for a round trip based on how quickly you’d like to go.
Lovely park with beautiful views of TaipeiGreat exercise and there are a lot of locals that use the trails so it is totally safe to walk it alone. Beautiful views and most of the walking is shaded.
Falling Waters, West Virginia
Wow, what a view !This hike was a highlight of our visit to Taipei. We arrived late into town and by the time we got off the metro and found the trail terminus it was dark but that presented a great view of the illuminated city below us and perhaps sice it was night mosquitoes were not an issue on this evening though it was still hot and humid but not oppressive in late September. Water was essential. Since it was a Friday night there were many people from all oover the world hiking up and down the trails. We only went to the overlook with the boulders not the temple area above as it was dark and we had not had dinner yet. We also did not have time to try the side trails which we hear are very nice with boulders and tunnels. The view is great and wonderful for photography. At trail terminus a few convenience stores and only one restaurant that we could see as it appears to be primarily a residential area. Nice to hike day or night. Don't miss it. Somewhat difficult but not excessively so. Must be very hot in the daytime during summer days.
Definitely lives up to the reputation albeit popularity. Start hike well before sunset.Elephant mountain is synonymous with Taipei and the rocks offer an amazing view over the city within a beautiful green setting. Definitely worth the climb however I would start well before sunset as you might want to take brakes climbing the mountain. You might also have to cue up for a photo but again very worth it.
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