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Xiangshan (Chinese: 象山), also known as Elephant Mountain[1] or Mount Elephant,[2] is a mountain in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is close to the Taipei Metro Xiangshan Station. It is 183 m high and has a hiking trail about 1.5 km long.[3] The Taipei 101 can be seen from the trail.[1] The Six Giant Rocks are a tourist attraction in Xiangshan,[2] and there are platforms for photographers.[4]

Elephant Mountain
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Xiangshan as viewed from
Taipei 101's observation deck
Highest point
Elevation 183 metres (600 ft)
Coordinates 25°01′37″N 121°34′36″E / 25.0269°N 121.5766°E / 25.0269; 121.5766Coordinates: 25°01′37″N 121°34′36″E / 25.0269°N 121.5766°E / 25.0269; 121.5766
Xiangshan is located in Taiwan
The location of Xiangshan
Location Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Easiest route Hiking trail
Overlook the Taipei Basin from the Six Giant Rocks
Xiangshan hiking trail


"Xiangshan" means "Elephant Mountain" in Chinese. Xiangshan's name comes from its elephant-like shape.[3]


Xiangshan is one of the "Four Beast Mountains",[1] part of the Nangang Mountain System. It is mainly composed of sandstone. Plants include the ferns Cibotium cumingii and Cyathea lepifera.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Saunders, Richard (February 2, 2018). "Off the Beaten Track: On the Trail of the Four Beasts". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nangang Mountain System: Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Hiking Trail". Travel.Taipei. Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b 象山親山步道 (in Chinese). Geotechnical Engineering Office, Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  4. ^ Liao, George (December 28, 2017). "Xiangshan good for watching Taipei 101 fireworks display but not for light show: GEO". Taiwan News. Retrieved 2018-03-03.