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Nangang Mountain System: Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Hiking Trail

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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  • laurentp66

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    Don't miss this one!


    Best location in town to see the whole city and of course the famous Taipei 101 tower ! Hiking to the top is not really difficult but there quite a lot of stairs... Better go at dawn to enjoy the sun setting on the city. Lights are wow! Free and accessible via the red Metro line (terminal). Just follow the signs, you can't miss it :)
  • JeenChing

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Great nightview!


    Decent pathway hiking up Xiangshan. Lots of hikers going up for a night view as well. Nightview overlooking Taipei 101 is great! Doesn't cost much for a great view like this. Highly recommended!
  • Melissa T

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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    Friends getaway

    Don't leave Taiwan without going here.


    Alight at Xiangshan MRT Station to go here. Just follow the uphill road leading towards the start of the Elephant Mountain trail. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water for your hike. The steps of the trail is a bit steep, so you need to be extra careful in going up/down the trail.
  • nashirm

    Brooklyn, New York

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    Solo travel

    Bring good walking shoes and some sports drink


    the hike up elephant mountain rewards you with perhaps the best view of Taipei (and for free as opposed to 101). It is worth doing on a clear day or even at night i am sure (i did not though, this is a jungle and there are all sorts of insects etc). My recommendation is to bring a sports drink like Pocari sweat as water will not suffice. The stairs are steep and can test your endurance if you are not in shape or regularly active. Also go early in the day before the sun becomes too hot.
  • domcaligan

    Metro Manila, Philippines

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    Quite the sunset view


    Takes around 15-20 minutes to hike until the viewing deck but the view is worth it. There are more view points if you continue going up the trail but we wanted to catch the sunset by the first viewing deck. It's a must do activity in Taipei either early in the morning or by sunset.

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