Elephant Mountain

If you want to see Taipei from a great angle, you have to come and hike through Elephant Mountain. That’s what we did in our first day in Taiwan.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

Address: Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

Operating hours: 24 hours

Entrance Fee: None, FREE!

 

Going to Elephant Mountain

Elephant Mountain was very accessible, we just rode the train and stopped at Xiangshan Station, exited in number 2. Then we walked along the park, and when we reached the end, we turned left and after a few steps we saw the start of the trail.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

Even though there were no super large sized sign, we immediately knew this is it! Just look at the Elephants 🙂

 

The trail was just easy because there were stairs. It was also tiring to go up these steps! Fortunately there were resting benches along the way.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

Along the way there were maps which will help you to know how far did you go… or how far do you still need to climb 🙂

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels
Elephant Decors on the railings

 

Big Rocks

The first noticeable part of the mountain were these rocks.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

Most people get their pictures taken above these rocks. Because the view above the rocks were good.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

We just opted to take a selfie hahaha… an over exposed, and blurred picture ?

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

 

First Viewing Deck

After a lot of steps again…

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

We saw the first viewing deck… the view was spectacular. A drone is not needed to take a picture of the whole city 🙂

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

There were a lot of people enjoying the view just like us.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

 

Second Viewing Deck

Oh after more stairs…

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

and some dark areas…

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

we reached the second viewing deck!

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

The view was also amazing, however the lights of Taipei 101 were already turned off. It was around 10:30 PM already I think.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

 

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

After a few pictures, we went down the mountain right away to catch the last train.

Well we had to take one last shot before going home 🙂 Even though we were tired, we were always happy whenever there is a camera.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

 

We got the last train all by ourselves. By the way, the last train is at 11PM. So do not be late or you’ll have to walk, bike, or take a cab to your hotel.

Elephant Mountain 象山 Xiangshan review of Happy and Busy Travels

 

Happy and Busy’s Smileys

 

Location

Going to the starting point of the trail was not that hard. Public transportation was very accessible. Plus the neighborhood that you have to walk through looks great.

 

Ambiance

Fresh air, spectacular view, and abundant trees makes it a 5!

 

Value for money

Entrance was FREE!

 

Fun

It was hard going up the trail, but the fun that you will have from your friends was great!

 

 

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