Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail (象山親山步道)

Monday, 3 April 2017



We weren't feeling 100% the next morning, so we decided to do something that we never thought we would ever do: book an earlier flight home. Initially, our flight back to Sydney was on 9 December 2016 at 8:00pm, but we decided to change it to a day earlier because we figured that it wasn't worth lounging around the hotel for another 2 days.

I had originally planned for another one-day trip to Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) in Taichung, but both of us simply weren’t up for it. So on our last full day in the Taiwan, we took the chance to pack all of belongings and luggage ready to leave and just went out for quick lunch at around 1:00pm. There wasn't much that we could do after that, so rather than spend more money, we headed back to our hotel to rest some more. #sosad



However, I was feeling slightly better in the evening, so we decided went to hike the very popular Elephant Mountain (象山), or more specifically, the Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail (象山親山步道). Seeing Taipei and its iconic Taipei 101 at night (see the first photo of this blog post) was something I really wanted to do—and it did not disappoint. The view was just incredible and breathtaking. Even the weather was nice that day, and it wasn't crowded with people either.



We started the hike at around 6:45pm and reached the outlook point at around 7:00pm. On average, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. There were quite a number of stairs, but it's a rather flat trail, and was much easier to walk up than Qixing Mountain (七星山), for example.

Elephant Mountain is one of four other mountains in the Xinyi District (信義區). The others being: Leopard Mountain (豹山), Lion Mountain (獅山) and Tiger Mountain (虎山). Collectively, they’re known as the Four Beasts Mountains (四獸山). Elephant Mountain is the easiest hike, and is the one closest to the city. No doubt, I definitely want to visit the remaining mountains sometime in the future. I'd suggest doing the more difficult mountains during the day and Elephant Mountain in the evening/night so you see best of both worlds :)

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