Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei
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  • And certainly you will be able to see the scenery of Taipei city from the height of this mountain which is very amazing
  • Although there are other paths, I took the same path to go down because I wanted to catch the train from Xiangshan MRT station
  • If you stay longer in Taipei, I suggest you to go there on a sunny day but not in summer because the weather is crazy hot
  • One more thing, the best of this place is that the admission is free


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    Usually a place to hike a mountain is not very near from a town. But “Xiangshan” is very special. This place, which literally means Elephant Mountain, is located within the city of Taipei. And certainly you will be able to see the scenery of Taipei city from the height of this mountain which is very amazing. You need to wear good shoes as you will climb a few hundred meters. And because Taipei is a rainy city it is also good to bring a light raincoat with head cover. There is no food stalls along the path, so you may also need to bring a bottle of mineral water and snacks.

    For the first timers, the following information may be used to make better preparation. Along the first 60 meters, the path is sloping around 10 to 15 degrees and is equipped with handrails until a fork. Then follow the right path (the left path has no handrails) for another 20 meters until you see an informal photo spot on the left where you can take a picture of Taipei 101 tower. From this point onward, the path slope ranges between 10 and 20 degrees and in some spots reaches 30 degrees before you see a formal photo spot. Fortunately along this 300 meter long path there are some concrete seats. Should you continue climbing, prepare yourself to face a 40 degree path slope for the first 20 meters and then a gentler slope for the next 100 meters until you reach the Six Stone. This is the most famous spot where you can take great pictures of Taipei city and Taipei 101 tower in particular.

    Although there are other paths, I took the same path to go down because I wanted to catch the train from Xiangshan MRT station. On the way down, just before the end of the path there is a Chinese Temple on the right side. It is quite beautiful inside. The admission id free.

  • Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei
  • The entrance to Xiangshan trail. This is the starting point of my tour to the Elephant Mountain

  • Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei
  • Xiangshan trail guide map. I marked several points to clarify this map

  • Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei
  • City view taken from the informal photo spot. Be careful to step on the grass without handrail

  • Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei
  • Endless stairs without handrails. Do not come here during raining, it may be slippery.

  • Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei
  • Chinese Temple near the entrance/exit. I took shelter here when it was raining. There are a several good spots for picture

    I went there in summer 2019 in the morning and it was raining. If you stay longer in Taipei, I suggest you to go there on a sunny day but not in summer because the weather is crazy hot. Go there in the late afternoon may also a great idea to see light from city buildings. One more thing, the best of this place is that the admission is free.



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