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Qixing Mountain, Taipei

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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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  • Qixing Mountain is in Beitou, it is the highest mountain in the Beitou area. It is located in the Datun volcanic group. Qixing Mountain is in Yamg Ming Shan National Park, on the rim of the Taipei... 
    Qixing Mountain is in Beitou, it is the highest mountain in the Beitou area. It is located in the Datun volcanic group. Qixing Mountain is in Yamg Ming Shan National Park, on the rim of the Taipei...  more »
  • This mountain is said to be the tallest mountain in the Taipei area. It is a dormant volcano, but has not been showing signs of life recently, The stairs are steep, and it will take two to three... 
    This mountain is said to be the tallest mountain in the Taipei area. It is a dormant volcano, but has not been showing signs of life recently, The stairs are steep, and it will take two to three...  more »
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  • Lovely hike. It was about 3 hours round trip (we are in our 20s with ok fitness) with generous stops. It was a shame the weather was not nice though, although I loved how breezy the whole trail was. It can get pretty crowded in the early afternoons.
  • Taipei's highest mountain has great trails but mostly exposed to direct sunlight. As i climb the mountain, I love to look back at the trails I left behind and it makes me excited to move on to get to the peak. My solo adventure was distracted though by a big snake 🐍on the mountain side which passed ahead of me😲😳~ maybe to remind me that I maybe solo hiking but the trail is free for all☺️💯. I was there on a weekday so there's not much hikers but when i reached the peak, other hikers are very helpful to take souvenir photos of me at the peak☺️👍👌 Cicada chorus is my most memorable experience on my way down the mountain.

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