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Elephant Mountain
Vacation Travel Guide

This mountain in the center of Taipei, beautiful both during the day and at night, has hiking trails and sweeping views of the surrounding natural and city landscapes.

Elephant Mountain, one of the Four Beast Mountains in the center of Taipei City, has panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, the city and the natural landscape. It is equally famous for sightseeing in the evening as during daylight hours.

This is one of the oldest geological features in the city, a place where you will find flora and fauna unique to Taipei. Nature lovers will enjoy bird-watching, and views of the cliffs, giant rocks and local fern species. Spot the flying spider-monkey tree fern (Cyathea lepifera), an ecological gem of Taipei City, and the Taiwanese cibotium, once used medicinally to stop bleeding.

The base of the mountain is a short walk from Taipei 101, the city’s iconic tower. Climb the steps to the mountain’s viewing area and admire the sights of Taipei’s three rivers, the surrounding peaks, Taipei 101 and eastern downtown. Enjoy the fresh air and greenery. Stay for a few minutes on the large boulders, spend the entire day relaxing or hike farther up the mountain. Locals are known to walk up the mountain at all times of the day and night. Take a picnic lunch, or have a romantic midnight date and watch the city lights flicker. The climb is intermediate, so bring water for hydration. If you plan to visit after sunset, bring insect repellent.

Trails up the mountain are paved but can, at times, be strenuous and steep. Be particularly careful after rain, as the stairs can be slippery. Allow about an hour to walk to the viewing area and back, or longer if you plan to relax or hike farther.

Elephant Mountain is located in the southeastern Xinyi District and is accessible 24 hours a day with no fees. To get there, take the train to Cityhall Station, or the bus to Yongchun Gang Park. From Taipei 101 or Xinyi District, walk just 10 to 15 minutes to reach the start of the trail. These walking trails have good signage to the top. While the walk can be strenuous, the views are worth the effort. Guided tours are also available.

Top Hotels Close to Elephant Mountain

W Taipei
W Taipei
5 out of 5
10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist, Taipei
The price is NT$6,000 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Xinyi, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taipei 101 and Taipei World Trade Center. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Elephant Mountain ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (932 reviews)

"Location is wonderful, easy access to multiple shopping malls. Staff were helpful, room was fashionable. Very nice!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/28

W Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
5 out of 5
2 SongShou Road, Taipei
The price is NT$3,840 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Xinyi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei 101, Taipei International Convention Center, and Taipei World Trade Center. Sun Yat-Sen ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (958 reviews)
excellent stay

"It was a good stay. the staffs were great and attentive. we were staying on the 8 level with a view of the city however the windows exterior were dusty which affects the beautiful view. overall we had a great stay"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/2

Grand Hyatt Taipei
City Suites Taipei Nandong
City Suites Taipei Nandong
3.5 out of 5
No. 411, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Taipei
The price is NT$996 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Songshan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Raohe Street Night Market and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Taipei Arena and Taipei 101 are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"Great location, clean room. But if your planing to drive, they don’t provide any parking options"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/30

City Suites Taipei Nandong
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W Taipei
W Taipei
5 out of 5
10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist, Taipei
The price is NT$6,000 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
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Grand Hyatt Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
5 out of 5
2 SongShou Road, Taipei
The price is NT$3,840 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
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City Suites Taipei Nandong
City Suites Taipei Nandong
3.5 out of 5
No. 411, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Taipei
The price is NT$996 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
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CH PLACE X HOTEL
CH PLACE X HOTEL
3 out of 5
B1, No. 109, Sector 5, Xinyi Road, Taipei
The price is NT$1,108 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18
CH PLACE X HOTEL
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei
5 out of 5
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei
The price is NT$4,080 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18
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Taipei 101 Yurmans House
Taipei 101 Yurmans House
3 out of 5
No. 10, Alley 3, Lane 423, Zhuangjing Road, Xinyi District, Taipei
The price is NT$1,091 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
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MADISON TAIPEI HOTEL
MADISON TAIPEI HOTEL
4 out of 5
No.331, Sec 1, Dunhua S. Rd., Daan Dist, Taipei
The price is NT$3,300 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
MADISON TAIPEI HOTEL
Members Hotel at Taipei 101
Members Hotel at Taipei 101
3 out of 5
22 Section 2, Keelung Rd Xinyi District, Taipei, Taipei City
The price is NT$1,281 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18
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Home Hotel
Home Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No 90 SongRen Road Xinyi District, Taipei
Home Hotel
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