Elephant Mountain

Holiday Travel Guide
Elephant Mountain

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.

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Humble House Taipei
Humble House Taipei
4 out of 5
No.18 Songgao Road Xinyi District, Taipei
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$200 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Located in Xinyi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bellavita, Taipei 101 and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and Four ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Location was absolutely fantastic right in the middle of the main shopping district of Xinyi. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. They accommodated my need to extend my stay as my flight was cancelled abruptly due to the COVID situation. Overall my family and I had a pleasant stay and ..."

Reviewed on 23 May 2021

Humble House Taipei
W Taipei
W Taipei
5 out of 5
10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist, Taipei
The price is NZ$340 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Located in Xinyi, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taipei 101 and Taipei World Trade Center. National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall and Elephant ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"Amazing atmosphere and good attention from front desk staff."

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2021

W Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
5 out of 5
2 SongShou Road, Taipei
The price is NZ$232 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Staffs are very nice and helpful, they are not allowed me early checking in or late check out but did took care of my luggage free for a couple hours. Near Taipei 101, World Trade Center, very convenience location."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

Grand Hyatt Taipei
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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 NZ$137 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
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W Taipei
5 out of 5
10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist, Taipei
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4 out of 5
No.18 Songgao Road Xinyi District, Taipei
The price is NZ$200 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
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5 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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