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Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)

Lane 150, Songren Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
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Vancouver, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you're fit, you can probably do this in about 20 minutes without stopping. But why rush it if you have time? There are little stops and vistas along the way for great photo ops of the city skyline, especially Taipei 101. And if you have a few hours, take the time to stroll through the park along the way,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Loved my climb of Elephant Mountain....at times a challenge but worth it! Yes...there are many many steps and I thought my fitness level was high....but this can be a challenge if you want to push yourself. You do have the options to take your time...enjoy the walk...rest as many times as you like...but I like the challenge. I thought I... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Climbing the Elephant Mountain was a challenge as we did it in July and the steps are very steep. We quickly needed up sweating a lot but that's the charm of doing exercise. There are several view point but one in particular (3rd one) is really fantastic with a great view of Taipei 101 and the rest of the city.... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you climb there in July as we did, you will be sweating. It is a nice challenge to take on. There are many senior Asians men and women climbing that mountain with so much ease that you even feel ashamed not to keep up with them. It is a long climb but the reward is the nice view you... More

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Hualien, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Go for the sunset and stay until you watch the city's lights come alive! The best view of the skyline with a clear view of Taipei 101. The hike up is actually lots of stairs. Takes about 15 minutes if you were sprinting up like I did so as not to miss the sunset but I recommend taking it leisurely... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

All the pictures you see of the Taipei skyline come from this "hike." In actuality, it is a 500-600m staircase with benches and areas to rest if needed. I recommend going at night, or maybe at dusk. The lights are incredible. I recommend doing this for free rather than spending the money to go up Taipei 101, especially if a... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

this hike is all cement stairs and very steep at times. good views at the top. be aware that there is very little light on the stairs after sundown and coming down is stressful if you don't have a flashlight. several good places for photos of Taipei 101 if its clear out.

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hayling island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Caught a bus from Taiwan centre. Fine if you are ok with crowds. Great things to eat en route and have a cup of tea at the summit. There is a temple halfway up the mountain

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Skip paying money to go up to the top of Taipei101, the best view of city can be had for free, just by hiking a bit (okay, about 400 steps) up Elephant Mountain! Awesome view, awesome place. Go up there, sit on a rock and relax and take it all in!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Although the climb to the viewing platform could be rather daunting in a hot day (could easily reach 36 degree centigrade), it is well worth the effort. The view of the 101 tower and the Taipei City is simply fantastic. It'd be good to start climbing (with well-paved stairs) at around 6pm so that you can reach the viewing platform... More

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