As one of the top travel destinations in Southeast Asia, modern Taipei is known for boasting marvellous sights and if you are one who appreciates the dazzling city lights, then a panoramic view of the city’s skyline is a must.
While the general consensus for the best photo taking spot is at the viewing gallery of the majestic Taipei 101, those who are not keen on squeezing with the tourists may want to opt for a hike up Taipei’s Elephant Mountain instead. Its close proximity to the city makes this a popular hiking place among both locals and travellers who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without having to travel far.
A spectacular view awaits at the top—whether you choose to visit in the day or night—and there are many opportunities for you to take pictures again the sunset and the iconic Taipei 101 which lights up at night.
If you are looking for a free family-friendly activity to burn off all the calories from the delicious Taipei street food, include Taipei Elephant Mountain in your itinerary!
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT TAIPEI ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN TRAIL
For someone of reasonable fitness, the average time taken to hike up Elephant Mountain will take about 20 minutes. The entire trail is made up of small steps with railings mounted at the side which makes it easy for both kids and adults to hike up the trail.
Standing at 600 feet, the entire trail is about 1.5km long and there are several lookouts for you to take outstanding photos. If you have the time to spare, avoid weekends as the place is populated with both professional and amateur photographers.
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PHOTOGENIC SPOTS ON ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN
There are three viewing platforms on the mountain but the best views are found at the second lookout point where you get an unobstructed view of the city. If you are serious about getting that Instagram picture of the year, climb atop the gigantic boulders which bring you on a higher platform so the crowd wouldn’t be in your picture.
HOW TO GET TO ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Hop onboard the MRT and head to Xiangshan station on the Red Line. Walk out of Exit 2 from the MRT station and follow the signs outside that will lead you to Zhongqiang Park. Continue following the signs towards Elephant Mountain and it will take you about 10 minutes to reach the foot of the trail.
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Is there benches along the trail .? I’ll be bringing my mother at 65years old.