Jiantan Mountain
Jiantan Mountain
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sunday9987
By sunday9987
Easy is a Relative Term
4.0 of 5 bubblesApr 2019
Its relatively easy to get to this hiking trail because like Elephant Mountain its close to the city. Take the MRT red line to Jiantan station and exit via Exit 2. Jiantan station has a tourism info desk and the lady on the day spoke English so if you get confused you can seek directions from the tourism info staff. After you exit, cross the road in the direction of the mountain/hill. On the hill there is a radio tower visible from ground level so if you can see the radio tower then you're on the right track. There are at least a couple of ways to start your trek - one is at a flight of steps near the entrance of the 10 pin bowling alley while the other is a long flight of steps a little further down with an information sign in Chinese. I was really looking forward to seeing Taipei and Songshan Airport from the viewing platform at The Usual Place. I read somewhere that it took only 15 minutes to get to that lookout. Unfortunately for me that wasn't the case. I came across another sign further up the seemingly never ending flight of steps that said it would take another 90 minutes to get to The Usual Place (Lao Di Fang). I was really disappointed by this because I didn't have the time or energy to go on a prolonged hike that day. Therefore I missed out. Still, Jiantan hiking trail is probably as easy as a hiking trail in Taiepi could get. But being a person of below average fitness I did'nt have the stamina to make it up all the steps. So when you go hiking in Taiwan and you're not an experienced hiker, be aware that "easy" is a very relative term, and that waht's easy for someone else doesn't automatically mean it'll be easy for you. If you decide to take this trek, I hope you make it to the top and get to Lao Di Fang and manage to see the planes taking off from Songshan AIrport. Also, please take the time write a review with detailed directions so others, like me, will one day find it easy to follow in your footsteps.

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mavis
Asia116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Solo
JianTan mountain trail is located few minutes away from MRT JianTan station. Very easy to access, and also very easy to hike. It took me less than 40 minutes to go top and down. There were several trails for different views. Went to the city view and also GuanGin Mountain view observatory. The city view is better. If you got some luck, you can take photo of airplane with Taipei City view. The trail itself is just ok, not so beautiful, and also cannot get enough workout, good for a short time walk and view.
Written 13 April 2020
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sunday9987
Brisbane, Australia317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Its relatively easy to get to this hiking trail because like Elephant Mountain its close to the city. Take the MRT red line to Jiantan station and exit via Exit 2. Jiantan station has a tourism info desk and the lady on the day spoke English so if you get confused you can seek directions from the tourism info staff.

After you exit, cross the road in the direction of the mountain/hill. On the hill there is a radio tower visible from ground level so if you can see the radio tower then you're on the right track.

There are at least a couple of ways to start your trek - one is at a flight of steps near the entrance of the 10 pin bowling alley while the other is a long flight of steps a little further down with an information sign in Chinese.

I was really looking forward to seeing Taipei and Songshan Airport from the viewing platform at The Usual Place. I read somewhere that it took only 15 minutes to get to that lookout. Unfortunately for me that wasn't the case. I came across another sign further up the seemingly never ending flight of steps that said it would take another 90 minutes to get to The Usual Place (Lao Di Fang). I was really disappointed by this because I didn't have the time or energy to go on a prolonged hike that day. Therefore I missed out.

Still, Jiantan hiking trail is probably as easy as a hiking trail in Taiepi could get. But being a person of below average fitness I did'nt have the stamina to make it up all the steps. So when you go hiking in Taiwan and you're not an experienced hiker, be aware that "easy" is a very relative term, and that waht's easy for someone else doesn't automatically mean it'll be easy for you.

If you decide to take this trek, I hope you make it to the top and get to Lao Di Fang and manage to see the planes taking off from Songshan AIrport. Also, please take the time write a review with detailed directions so others, like me, will one day find it easy to follow in your footsteps.
Written 21 April 2019
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icinli
Bacolod, Philippines4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
The mountain is in the neighborhood of Shilin Night Market, just exit Jiantan Station of the Red Line (Tamsui-Xinyi Line) Taipei Metro, and follow the signs. The trail is not difficult to hike, you will notice along the trail are small temples, badminton courts, and fenced area for recreational use. The observatory area provides a great view of Songshan Airport. I am in the habit of exploring, I figure out that it is possible for me to exit to a Brown Line Station (Wenhu Line) based on the maps, and since I'm in the mood for long walks at that time. I walked for 1 hour and 20 minutes (nothing there, but I heard that there is a butterfly garden nearby) before I reached the Jiannan Road near Miramar Entertainment Park.
Written 28 June 2018
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piste9
Taipei, Taiwan13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Pretty chill and easy hike/walk in the park. You can connect up with Neihu and walk along the ridgeline which is nice. There are some cool boulders around if you're into climbing.
Written 27 May 2018
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Andrea E
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
Easy to get to as it is right by the train station.
Nice place to have a little exercise but not very nice to sightsee.
Did not manage to see the airplanes sadly
Written 22 February 2018
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary4 866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
Closed MRT is Jiantan. Just follow the signs.

Not too difficult a hike. Provides great views and you can see planes taking off from the airport. Nice temple too and a radio tower.

Check it out
Written 10 July 2017
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28 910 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is the hill at the back of Jiantan Station and follow the signs to the Jiantan temple which is worth seeing and then walk up the road that follows around the operimeter of the hill.You get a good view of some parts of Taipei and the Songshan Airport. The Jien Tan Temple at the base is definitely worth a visit.
Written 11 February 2017
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JiveSun
Taipei, Taiwan129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Jiantan Mountain is located in the neighborhood of Jiantan Station (Exit 2) of the Taipei Metro (MRT). When you get off the train, follow the sign and walk across the road. The entrance of the trail is right next to a small temple.

Along the trail there are a number of badminton courts and fenced spots for recreational use. Singing is often heard, and litter is not rarely seen. You do not find much peace and quiet here, but, unfortunately, more disturbance.

When you arrive at the observatory, however, you will be attracted by the expansive view. Jiantan Mountain is in fact one of the few places nearest to the center of Taipei where you can see planes taking off and landing.

I suggest that you continue and arrive at the Laodifang (the Usual Place) to take in a different view.

After that you can return to where you went or choose to get out at Lane 282, Section 5 of Zhongshan North Road (near Ming Chuan University) or Lane 165, Tongbei Street (near Shih Chien University).

One of the advantages of Jiantan Mountain is its proximity to Jiantan Station and its surrounding attractions, Shilin Night Market in particular. You can take a tour and have some snacks after the hike.
Written 28 April 2014
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