Elephant Mountain (象山, Xiangshan)

View of Taipei City from Elephant Mountain
View of Taipei City from Elephant Mountain
Elephant Mountain
Why Should I Go? 

For the best view of Taipei City, make a hike to the top of Elephant Mountain!

Also known as the Nangang District Hiking Trail and Xiangshan (象山), the hiking trail is located close to the Xinyi Shopping District and Taipei 101.

The best time to hike the mountain is during late afternoon, this way you can catch the sunset as well as a daytime view and stunning nighttime view of the city, however the trail can get relatively crowded during the weekend.

The hike takes a total of around 15-20 minutes to the top, and includes lots of stairs! Remember to take a left at the fork in the path. After around 8-10 minutes, you will reach a landing area with facilities and restrooms where the path branches off in multiple directions.

How to Get There? 

From Taipei 101:
From the base of Taipei 101, walk east on Xinyi Road (信義路) for two blocks until you reach MRT Xiangshan Station, only a 15 minute walk from 101 and completely worth it.

From MRT Xiangshan:
After arriving at Xiangshan station (象山), the terminus of Red Line 2, leave from Exit 2 and continue walking alongside the edge of the park. At the end of this road, take a left and follow until you see the entrance for Xiangshan Hiking Trail (象山登山步道).

Location Map 
What Else? 

That picturesque photo you always see of Taipei City? This is it!

At the base of the trail and the edge of the park is a YouBike station, a public bicycle rental system that is free for the first 30 minutes of usage and easy rented using an Easycard.

From Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan), you can easily continue on to Tiger Mountain and 9-5 Peak, two renowned trails in Taipei City.

For a more detailed map of hiking trails in Taipei City, check here.