Elephant Mountain 象山, Xiangshan
For the best view of Taipei City, make a hike to the top of Elephant Mountain!
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, there will be a landing area with facilities and restrooms where the path branches off in multiple directions.
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. To get there faster, take a YouBike from the station across the street from 101 (MRT Exit 2), then return the bike at the park nearby the trail entrance.
That picturesque photo you always see of Taipei City? This is it!
The closest night market area to Elephant Mountain is the Tonghua Night Market (通化夜市, nearby Linjiang Street). To reach this night market from the base of the mountain, walk west for 25-30 minutes on Xinyi Road (信義路) and make a left turn onto Tonghua Street (通化街). Alternatively, take the MRT red line 2 stops to Xinyi Anhe (信義安和) station.
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.
This mountain may be referred to by the following names: Elephant Mountain, Xiangshan, Mt. Xiang, Mt. Siang.