Taiwan Day 8 Elephant Mountain and Raohe Night Market

When friends saw the view of Taipei 101 from 象山 Elephant Mountain, they were curious to know more.

Where is Elephant Mountain?
Can anyone hike up Elephant Mountain?

Nearest MRT station is “Xiang Shan”, literally 象山. From here, it is a short walk (850m) to the Trail head (base)

Alternatively, you may wish to walk 1.3km from Taipei 101, but beware, it is easy to get lost in the small winding lanes (you will need GPS navigation!)

Most will hike from trail head (steps picture, GPS 25.027377 121.570769).

Elephant Hill
Elephant Mountain trail head

Even after 5 min climb, you can already see Taipei 101 from different perspective. This is a motivation for you to climb higher and get a better view.

Steps can be steep and seem endless, but go slow and everyone can make it to the top.  Can you spot the “elephant hill” outline below?

 

As an estimation, we took about 20 minutes to reach the top, hop and walk and rest. For first time hikers, aim for 30 to 40 minutes slow walk and have frequent rest.

Hiking in Taiwan is different from Malaysia (read our Gunung conquers). Taiwan treks and trails are well paved with steps and pavements, you do not need to crawl on on fours and get muddy.

Elephant Mountain is actually part of a ‘animal mountain range” called 四獸山 (Four beasts). You got Elephant, Leopard, Tiger and Lion.  Conquer these four beasts to reach the peak at “九五峯” (this will require 1/2 day).

For casual tourists( you and me), we would recommend to aim for the “6 boulders” at Elephant Mountain, you will reach a few huge boulders along the climb, but who is counting the stones?

There will be platforms for visitors to take photos and enjoy the splendid Taipei metropolitan landscape view.

Day or night, you can expect some nice scenes. If you want some unique experience, hiking elephant Mountain will provide you the thrills, perspiration and sights.

 

In my previous solo trip, I climbed up the huge rock for some “epic” photos. the best view would be normally around sunset, this is also the most crowded period.

The girls did not joined us, they were shopping at 五分埔 Wu Fen Pu (GPS 25.048103, 121.580061) .

From Song Shan station (松山車站, GPS 25.049504, 121.578211), we had earlier plan to meet at 饒河夜市 Raohe for dinner and supper 🙂

Wu Fen Pu is just 5 min walk from Song Shan station. Wholesale shopping awaits shoppers and visitors.

If you love shopping and finding unique designs, Wu Fen Pu might be your cup of tea. There are endless rows of niche shops and merchandise.

Map below, Song Shan Station is in the middle of our activities. Elephant Mountain is South. Those heading to Ruifang, Keelung, Jiufen, Shifen will also have to transfer at the same train station. (Check out the other cities’ blogs on out 10D9N Taiwan Itinerary here)

 

The highlight for the night is food again, and 饒河夜市 (Raohe) is one of the popular night markets in Taiwan.

Raohe GPS 25.050917, 121.577669 , and there is a famous Mascot dog too 🙂

胡椒餅饒河 Black Pepper Bun (pork filling) is one of the most famous snacks. The buns are sticked to the side of the oven (urn?), heated to perfection and  piping hot. The juicy pepperish taste will stun your tongue.

The original stall always has queues 20 minutes long! I tried the smaller stall outside which claims “Not Nice Eat for Free haha!”

Seriously, I cannot tell the difference between the two stalls 🙂

Just grab smaller portions and share with families, that is the way to enjoy Taiwan Night Market street food.

December weather is cool, so anything soupy or fried would warm our tummies.

The torched beef cube are available at many night markets. The one at Raohe is over-rated.

 

This one is good too, deep fried ribs. No bones and crunchy chewy.

Raohe is niche and small compared to Shilin night market 士林夜市. But you can easily spend 2 hours eating, shopping and exploring 🙂

 

Games for kids, and we did not do the traditional Face massage (With strings).

 

Good range of souvenirs, for humans and pets :p
There are a lot of dogs lovers in Taiwan.   

 

Do take a photo at the famous 松山慈祐宮 Ciyou Temple just outside Raohe Night Market too.

You have seen the popular Night scene of Raohe Night Market. Cross the river and visit the LOVE bridge too, this bridge is beautifully illuminated in the evenings.

In the day time, the meandering river offers a panoramic view.

We would recommend renting a YouBike to cycle along the scenic river way too. The design is similar to Singapore’s Park Connectors, but Taipei’s cycling tracks are much wider. (you will need a local Taiwan number to rent a YouBike)

Besides the bridge and Elephant Hill, I have two other less common attractions to recommend.

a) I ran 13km to/fro from Raohe to Songshan Airport (Domestic) for some cool plane spotting too. 濱江180 (Binjiang) is super happening if you are  plane lover. Many folks will YouBike here too. (GPS 25.070849, 121.538490). More aeroplanes photos on Facebook album.

 

b) If you are visiting in December, take note the most-happening Christmas decorations and countdown activities are not around Taipei 101.

Everyone in Taiwan knows this, but visitors will always assume Taipei 101 is the spot (maybe due to New Year Fireworks countdown images?)

Head South-West to outskirt Banqiao 新北市板橋區 (GPS 25.013666, 121.464886). More details here.

All our 10D9N photos are in our Facebook album, do pop by to select your best activities.

Photo albums :

Day 1 Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing
Day 3 Xitou Nature Education Area, Monster Village, Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Taichung (Zhongshe flower, ShengXin station, Cycling, Fengjia)
Day 5 Taichung (Animation Lane, Rainbow, Miyahara)
Day 6 Keelung 基隆
-Day 7 Ruifang, Jiufen and Shifen
-Day x Taipei HomeAway and Neighbourhood
Day 8 永康, Xi Men Ding, 象山, 饒河 Raohe
Day 9 and 10 北投 Beitou, Toyshop, 士林 Shilin

Blog posts :

** Taiwan Itinerary for families 
Day 1 Google Sheet, Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing Farm
HomeAway Recommendations for Taiwan
Day 3a Xitou Nature Education area (溪頭)
Day 3b Monster village 妖怪村 and Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Cycling Taichung 台中 
Day 4a 台中 Taichung  attractions
Day 5a 台中 Taichung food Ice cream and Bubble Tea
Day 5b 台中 Taichung Fengjia night market
-Day 6 基隆 Keelung
Day 7a Jiufen attractions
Day 7b Shifen attractions
Taipei Neighbourhood around our HomeAway Vacation Home
Day 8a Yong Kang Street and Xi Men Ding
Day 8b Raohe Night Market, Wu Fen Pu and 象山 Elephant Mountain

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Taichung Fengjia Night Market and Green Hotel

We visited 逢甲夜市 Fengjia Night Market twice, kids had a lot of fun trying their luck at the UFOs. Everyone had fun spotting their favourite snacks 🙂

This is the last article on 台中 Taichung, we have rated this city as the best in our 10D9N exploration. Visit our Taichung Fun and Eat list below, and share more good Taichung food with us 🙂

Day 4 Cycling Taichung 台中 
Day 4a 台中 Taichung  attractions
Day 5a 台中 Taichung food Ice cream and Bubble Tea
Day 5b 台中 Taichung Fengjia night market

Fengjia Night Market
Fengjia Night Market

We chose 葉綠宿旅館 Green Hotel for its close proximity to Night Market and street activities . (GPS 24.176662, 120.643222)

Fengjia Night Market is just 5 minutes walking distance away.

Comfortable, Neat and Clean, we had a relaxing two nights at this hotel. Love the green theme (with a vertical planter) and you can find snail mascots everywhere. You can even adopt your own pot of plant 🙂

The 24-hours laundry service next door allowed us to clean and dry our clothes, and cafe downstairs serve delicious donuts.

Useful map below highlighted all the popular cafes and eateries nearby.

Two popular venues nearby are 牛肉面 Beef Noodles and Duck Noodles.

尊品原汁牛肉麵 (Gps 24.175866, 120.644212)

Tender with a slightly herbal stock (Rated 3.5/5), we enjoyed the noodles but appreciated our short couple rendezvous more.

 

當歸鴨麵線 (GPS 24.175559, 120.644819)

We pass by this stall and saw long queues on both days. Stall front looks discreet but the duck must be good! (especially in cold weather).

A pity we did not try this, do hunt for stall in the small lane. You will see the queue first, delicious photos at Google link.

The highlight of course would still be 逢甲夜市 Fengjia Night Market.

Many entrances but this is the main one (GPS 24.175980, 120.645527). The name of the night market came from the nearby University.

Opposite  Fengjia Night market, these two stalls are packing in the crowds every evening!

Takoyaki and 明倫蛋餅 Ming Lun (Traditional egg crepe)

You might need to wait for 15 to 20 minutes, if you want to avoid the crowd, there is a second 明倫 Ming Lun  at (GPS 24.174782, 120.644381).

Once inside the night market, it was non-stop feasting and experimenting.

Some of the stall or food names are memorable and funny. But cheese and fried chicken is always popular with the crowd (ie long queues!)

台中夜市

Juicy cuttlefish and squid stalls are around every corner too 🙂

More food and souvenirs, kids were not impressed with Papaya Milk, even when I told them it is famous.

Toys and Souvenirs

Do walk along the back lane and alleys, no worry as the lanes are bright and safe. You will see boutique shops and more fancy food options.

Duck tongue is a delicacy for Taiwanese. But it is yucky for me!

 

I split out the 鴨舌 duck tongue after a few chew, no taste but I did not like the texture, the two long ‘pipes” extending from the tongue. As I chewed, image of the tongue wriggling in my mouth are stuffs of horror movie. Ok I exaggerated, but you will not be likely to see me attempt this delicacy again haha.

You will see an assortment on innards, pig’s blood cake(blood by-products are banned in Singapore), intestines and never seen before anatomy!

My darling forbid me from kissing her that night 🙁

Let us move to something less revolting, UFO crawlers! Kids and Dads normally are entertained by these claws.

 

Insert a coin, strategised and hope you grab your souvenir.
It is easy to stay here for 1 hour while the Mrs goes about her shopping without the nagging Husband.

It does not matter if you win the biggest or smallest toy from your attempt, any toy won is enough to send us into a frenzy #MissionAchieved !

UFO crawler Taiwan

What do we do when we are tired? Massage from one of the outlet we frequented, next to Fengjia Night Market (GPS 24.178402, 120.645088).

 

 

We visited Fengjia Night Market on two nights. If you love Taiwan street food, order less portion for your dinner. We always order 3 or 4 portions for our family of six, so we could enjoy more snacks and papaya milk :p

At Fengjia Night Market (or any 夜市 Night Market) for group of 3 plus, order multiple food and share. Each item is likely to cost between NTD40 to NTD100 (estimated 2 to 5 SGD).

 

Photo albums :

Day 1 Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing
Day 3 Xitou Nature Education Area, Monster Village, Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Taichung (Zhongshe flower, ShengXin station, Cycling, Fengjia)
Day 5 Taichung (Animation Lane, Rainbow, Miyahara)
Day 6 Keelung 基隆
-Day 7 Ruifang, Jiufen and Shifen
-Day x Taipei HomeAway and Neighbourhood
Day 8 永康, Xi Men Ding, 象山, 饒河 Raohe
Day 9 and 10 北投 Beitou, Toyshop, 士林 Shilin

Blog posts :

** Taiwan Itinerary for families 
Day 1 Google Sheet, Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing Farm
HomeAway Recommendations for Taiwan
Day 3a Xitou Nature Education area (溪頭)
Day 3b Monster village 妖怪村 and Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Cycling Taichung 台中 
Day 4a 台中 Taichung  attractions
Day 5a 台中 Taichung food Ice cream and Bubble Tea
Day 5b 台中 Taichung Fengjia night market
-Day 6 基隆 Keelung
Day 7a Jiufen attractions
Day 7b Shifen attractions
Taipei Neighbourhood around our HomeAway Vacation Home
Day 8a Yong Kang Street and Xi Men Ding
Day 8b Raohe Night Market, Wu Fen Pu and 象山 Elephant Mountain

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