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Qixing Mountain, Taipei

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Qixing Mountain, also spelled Cising Mountain or Chihsing Mountain, (Chinese: 七星山; Hanyu Pinyin: Qīxīng Shān; Tongyong Pinyin: Cising Shan; Wade–Giles: Ch'i1-Hsing1 Shan1; lit. 'Seven Star Mountain') is a mountain in Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is located on the Datun Volcano Group and is the highest mountain in the city, at the rim of Taipei Basin. It is also the highest (dormant) volcano in Taiwan. It is located in the center of Yangmingshan National Park; its main peak is 1,120 meters (3,670 ft) above sea level.
It began erupting about 700,000 years ago. There was a crater at the peak but it became seven small peaks due to post-eruption erosion.

The mountain has faults running across the southeast and northwest contours, and has volcanic landforms such as hot springs and fumaroles.

Shamao Mountain is a round volcanic dome that looks like a black gauze cap. As the lava was more viscous when the mountain was formed, it gradually became a tholoid, also known as a cumulo-dome volcano, it is 643 meters (2,110 ft) above sea level. Shamaoshan and Cigushan (七股山, 890 meters (2,920 ft)) are parasitic volcanoes of Qixingshan.

This mountain is the source of the name for Shichisei District (七星郡), Taihoku Prefecture, Taiwan under Japanese rule. This district included modern day Xizhi, Shilin, Beitou, Nangang, Neihu, Songshan, and Xinyi.

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  • Really didn't regret walking up the mountain trail as the view was awesome! You can see the city at one glance once you were at the top. We came over to this area by engaging a driver to drop us at.....  more »
  • This hike, on a clear day, will yield amazing views of the city and also views to the ocean. The views are consistent throughout and will distract you from the steep climb uphill. Wear proper...  more »
  • A fun weekend getaway with hosts we went up to Yang Ming of which this was part I believe. Hot springs and scenic trails. Later went with classmate on a return trip later. Breathtaking view.
  • The view and windiness up there is amazing. Not a very difficult mountain to climb up, very beginner friendly. Managed to climb up from the base of Yangmingshan station in slippers. Bring along water though as there aren’t any water coolers or stations throughout the climb up.

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