Jinmianshan is a popular hike in Neihu, Taipei that leads to a rocky hilltop with great views of Taipei and the surrounding area. Because of the ease of transportation, short hike, and great views, it has become an Instagram hot spot.
The rock formations that form the Jinmianshan formed as sediment under the ocean millions of years ago, and was later uplifted thanks to the collision of the Eurasian and Philippine plates. The rocks are mainly sedimentary and are part of the same formation that forms the special rock formations on the northern coast around Keelung, and the waterfalls in Pingxi.
Jinmianshan sits at 250 meters above sea level.
During the Qing Dynasty, the area was used as a rock quarry to build the old Taipei City Wall.
Jinmianshan literally means "Gold Face Mountain" which comes from the light shining of the bare rock faces on the sides of the mountain, which makes it look like a gold faced mountain.
100 meters in elevation gain
How to get there:
There are basically two ways to get there, by coming from up the mountain on Jinlong road, or from the MRT Xihu Station.
By Car/Scooter: Park near the trail entrance on Jinlong Road (where there is more parking) or below near Xihu MRT station.
By MRT: The trailhead is within a five minute walking distance from XIhu MRT Station.
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