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Qixing Mountain, Beitou

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Qixing Mountain, also spelled Qixingshan or Chihsing Mountain, is located on the Datun Volcano Group and is the highest mountain in Taipei, 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 and its main peak is 1120m 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 with volcanic landforms like hot springs and fumaroles.
is a round volcanic dome looking 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's 643m above sea level. Shamaoshan and Qigushan (七股山, 890m) 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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  • You can see a lot of climbers on the mountain top, but some people bring a lot of tools to make instant noodles. Since there are few people going down the mountain, it is recommended not to go alone.
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  • I loved climbing mountains, so I wanted to do it, but it was so good to have a chance. It was a difficult but meaningful time.
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