hike up elephant mountain for a beautiful view of taipei.
For a beautiful (and free) view of Taipei, hike up Elephant Mountain, near Taipei 101. The hike is pretty easy, nothing too steep, any one in decent shape can do it. You often see elderly couples enjoying the hike, as well as small children.
Both the day and night view are beautiful and very different, with a great view of the Taipei 101. If you can, head up right before sunset to get both views.
Access is now quite easy: just take the MRT to MRT Xiangshan Station on the Xinyi Line (red). Take exit 2 and walk alongside the park. Continue down the road until you see the entrance for Xiangshan Hiking Trail.