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Taipei 101:Tallest building in the world...for now
To get views of the city, you can go up to the observation deck on the 89th floor for NT$350 (in November 2005). There is an option to go up even higher to the 91st floor for an extra NT$100. It apparently has one of the worlds fastest elevators which have to equalise the air pressure once they arrive at the top (ie stays there a few seconds once it arrives) otherwise your ear drums would burst! It's also got a heck of a large balance (which you can see) at the top which stabilises the "swinging" of the building.
Inside the building, there are shops (including designer stores) and cafes.
Look out for the colourful fountain show outside the building, where the water shoots from the ground.
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Go See Taipei 101
This is (at my time of writing) the tallest freestanding skyscraper in the world. It also lays claim to the FASTEST elevator in the world, and I can believe it.
It is definitely a must see location inside Taiwan!
There is an amazing international food court in the massive mall at the base.
many brand name stores lurk in the mall, it is a temple of marble and bronze- a tall monument to money and the power it gives even the smallest country.
Taipei 101- Currently held world records
As of August 2006, Taipei 101, at 508 meters, is the tallest building on earth, and is also the first building ever to reach the 500-meter mark. Taipei 101 also can claim the tallest roof and tallest occupied floor in the world. The two elevators to Taipei 101's 89th floor observatory are the fastest in the world; going up takes 37 seconds and coming down takes 45 seconds (I think, but I don't remember exactly). The maximum speed of the elevator (going up) is 1010 meters per minute and coming down the elevator has a speed of 600 meters a minute. In the center of the building you'll find a massive 800-ton damper that helps the building hold steady against earthquakes and high winds (things that are all to common on an island regularly hit by deadly earthquakes and typhoons). The damper can be seen from the 89th floor observatory of the building. At the moment, the 91st floor observation deck is also the highest observation deck in a building.
Taipei 101 replaced the Petronas Towers as the tallest building(s) in the world, which in turn replaced the Sears Tower; however, a planned building in Dubai will eventually replace Taipei 101.
Taipei 101- Observatory at night
Though most visitors of Taipei 101's 89th and 91st floor observatories come during the day, visiting again after sunset is also amazing. During the summer, the sun will set before 19:00, and during winter, after 16:00. As soon as the sun sets, the city of Taipei lights up and the view becomes quite impressive. Although sights such as the Datun Mountain Peaks, Danshui River, Guanyin Shan, and the Xueshan Range are no longer visible, streets and buildings are illuminated and become quite a beautiful sight (especially the Shin-Kong Life Building, on the other side of Taipei). Also be sure to look straight down for a view of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and World Trade Center illuminated. But overall, the most impressive part of the view is probably the bright lights of Renai Rd, which lies just below the building.
After nightfall, there isn't much of a difference between the view on the 89th and 91st floors, since it's impossible to set up a tripod on the 91st floor. The last elevator goes down at 22:00 every night, but if you stay until then, you'll end up going down with Taipei 101 employees and security guards.
Taipei 101- 91st floor observatory
The 91st floor outdoor observatory is likely the highest anyone can be in a building for at least a few years. For an extra NT 100, you can walk up two floors from the indoor 89th floor to the outdoor 91st floor. While you do so, you'll see signs saying 'Mind the gap'. Be sure to look down into the 'gap' of the stairwell; you can look straight down for 96 floors to the 5th level basement. Many people may at first be disappointed by the 91st floor because of it's rather high concrete wall and a tall railing which blocks a good part of the view. But at least from here, there aren't tinted windows, making colors more natural. Before returning to the 89th floor, be sure to watch a free short movie about the construction of Taipei 101.
Taipei 101- 89th floor observatory
The 89th floor of Taipei 101 offers the best overall view of Taipei, allowing you to see the entire city from 400 meters up. It is true that the ride up is rather expensive (NT 350), but it is worth it. Admission to the observation tower includes the elevator ride up (in the world's fastest elevator) and an audio guide to the view, as well as a 20% coupon for ice cream at the 89th floor. The elevator ride itself is quite amazing; the elevator leaves the fifth floor and reaches the 89th floor in 37 seconds, traveling at over 650 meters a minute, making it the fastest elevator in the world.
The view from the 89th floor is unbeatable. To the north, you can see the Datun Mountain group, which includes Yangmingshan, as well as the Keelung River, Songshan Airport, the two MacArthur Bridges, Neihu, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei City Hall, and the World Trade Center. To the east is the city of Keelung, Keelung Mt, and Sishoushan (Four beasts Mountain). To the south is the Xueshan Range and suburbs of Taipei. To the west, you can see the Danshui River, the Straits of Taiwan, Shin-Kong Life Building, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Danshui Fisherman's Wharf, Guanyin Shan, and Taipei Main Station. The audio guide, as well as various plaques, help you identify various parts of the view.
508-meter tall Taipei 101 dominates the Taipei skyline, and it's no wonder. Completed in 2004, Taipei 101 is currently the world's tallest building, with 101 stories. The building is shaped like a stalk of bamboo, with 8 sections of 8 stories each. The building has a very beautiful design, when compared to other modern skyscrapers. The building has observatories on its 89th and 91st floors. Taipei 101 closes at 22:00 every night.
There are many viewpoints of Taipei 101, since it's sort of hard to miss; one of the best places to photograph it is at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Guofu Jinianguang). Another good viewpoint is a small park near the Taipei City Hall.
Standing at The Top of The World-Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is a definitely must-see spot in Taipei city. It's the tallest building in the world-508 meters high with 101 floors. The observatory is on the 89th floor. It takes only 37 seconds to reach it from the 5th floor at the speed 1010m/min. Although it is said tha the pressure always keeps the same in the elevator, I still felt my ears a little uncomfortable like taking a flight. (But it was really a funny experience!) The panorama at the observatory is great. At such height we can see very far and the cars on the grounds become even smaller than the nail of little finger!
There is a beverage and ice cream stand and it's relaxing to have ice cream while watching the panorama. By the way, please don't miss the highest washing room in the world as well.:-p
The world's tallest building
The Taipei 101 was 2003 declared as the world's tallest building. The tower stands out in Taipei, making all the other buildings look so small and tiny. It is 508 meters tall, and must haven been well built to manage the earth quakes which now and then occurs in Taipei.
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Taipei 101 Building
On October 17, 2003, the pinnacle was fit on top of Taipei 101 and after this the skyscraper became the new tallest building in the world, with a total height of 509 metres (1,671 feet).
It took over the title from the two Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (452m/1,483), that held the title of the world's tallest skyscrapers from 1997 - 2003.
Visit to Tapei's 101, the world's tallest building
This is a beautiful building and with unmatchable spectacular view. Seeing as far as the Kuangyin Mountain and the mountains along Taipei Basin, beautiful scenery all year round. The observation deck offers audio tours in several languages and is very informative. Taipei 101 offers a new perspective of Taiwan experience for international visitors and demonstrates the advanced technology of super high-rise building and beauty of architecture. New perspective of familiar Taipei streets and buildings. After sunset, the glittering seas of Taipei's lights offers sensational visual feast.
The shopping mall is very modern. It offers a totally new experience to the visitors and shoppers. All sorts of events and activities take place in the Square. It is surrounded by a selection of dining facilities. It is a place to do things, to meet people, to see things and a place to do nothing.
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Taipei's newest skyscraper currently holds the title of world's tallest building. As its name suggests, it has 101 floors and 509 meters (1670 ft.) in height. This is more than 50 meters higher than the previous record holder, the Petronas Towers at Kuala Lumpur. The building is completed in 2003 but most part of the building will not open until 2005. Currently only the shopping center (Taipei 101 Mall) located at the first few floors are open to the public. Eventually most of the building will be occupied by business offices. There will be restraurants on 86 to 89 floors and the observation deck on 89 to 91 floors.
Tallest Building as of 2004
Taipei 101 is currently the tallest building in the world, houses financial offices and a shopping center on the lower grounds.
The 89th floor Observatory of the world's tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, will be opened on the first day of the year 2005.
Being the world tallest building as of Nov 2004, how can you miss it?
Remember to pose with this building in your background to proof that you have came to Taipei. :P
One good location to take pic will be at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.
The Financial Building 101
The Taipei 101 Financial Building being open to public on 2004. This is a new landmark of Taipei situated in the center of Taipei City. Quite a nice building architecture that stand more than 450m from sea level and being the highest building in the world from now.
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