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    The Financial Building 101

    by dennisKL Written Oct 22, 2004

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    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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    The King of Buildings...

    by THLIN Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's the highest building in the world at the moment. This building has 101 floors, and it's how it derive its name from...Taipei 101.
    At the moment, visitors are not allowed to visit on the top floor but I believe one day it'd be okay to view Taipei from this artificial beauty.
    Also there is a vareity of choice for dining in the buliding. From the East to the West, also there is one of the best buffets in the city.
    Inside, there are many world famous shops, such as Prada, Fendi and so on. For teenagers, there are also young brand name such as Tommy Hilfiger

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    Taipei 101- Observatory at night

    by chewy3326 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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.

    Night view from Taipei 101

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    Taipei 101

    by aukahkay Written Dec 15, 2007

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    Taipei 101 is the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height. It was the first "world's tallest building" to be constructed in the new millennium. At 508m,
    Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 60 meters per second. A 662 metric ton steel pendulum that serves as a tuned mass damper is suspended from the 92nd to the 88th floor. The pendulum sways to offset movements in the building caused by strong gusts. Its sphere, the largest damper sphere in the world, consists of 41 layered steel plates, each with a height of 125 mm being welded together to form a 5.5-meter diameter sphere. Another two tuned mass dampers, each weighing 4.5 tons, sit at the tip of the spire. These prevent cumulative damage to the structure due to strong wind loads.
    Taipei 101's characteristic blue-green glass curtain walls are double glazed and offer heat and UV protection.

    Taipei 101 features an Indoor Observatory (floor 89) and an Outdoor Observatory (floor 91).[23] Both offer 360-degree views and attract visitors from around the world.

    The Indoor Observatory stands 382 meters above ground and may be reached by high-speed elevators from the shopping mall fifth floor. It offers visitors a comfortable indoor environment, large windows with UV protection, recorded voice tours in seven languages, informative displays and special exhibits. Here one may view the skyscraper's main damper, and buy food, drinks and gift items. It costs NT350 to go up to the Indoor Observatory. For an additional charge of NT100, a staircase takes visitors up two more flights to the Outdoor Observatory.

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    The Tallest Building in the World *for now*

    by dmirebella Updated May 26, 2004

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    As it has 101 storeys, its an easy way to name the Building the '101 Building' . It is currently the tallest building in the world - overtaking the Petronas Twin Towers in the year 2004 after the addition to the communication tower on top of the building.

    Its broken into 8 separate segments - 8 being the 'prosperous' number for the Chinese - with 8 separate floors.

    Its not fully completed when I visited but its a shopping mall and business centres are included in the plans.

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    Taipei 101 - Prosperous!

    by ShirlyZ Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    The tallest buiding in the world! The building has 101 level. There are total of 8 segments and each segment contained of 8 floors.
    - 508M tall
    Its a shopping mall, business centre. I can foresee it will be crowded with people!

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    Taipei 101- 89th floor observatory

    by chewy3326 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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.

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    Taipei 101- 91st floor observatory

    by chewy3326 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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.

    View from Taipei 101 100 meters from the top

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    Taipei 101-- second-tallest building in the world

    by rkearns Written Jan 9, 2011

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    A must-see, this building is impressive, to say the least.

    Go to the observation deck on floor 89 (there are 101 floors in total). The cost is around 400NTD which is about $13USD. (2011)

    Sometimes the outdoor observation deck is closed due to weather, but you can still have a 360 degree view from inside. There are historical facts about Taiwan, as well as an audio tour that comes with the price of entry.

    Taipei 101 has the fastest elevator in the world, traveling about 37 mph. The trip to the observation deck from the main floor takes about 20 seconds!!!

    Also, if you happen to be in Taipei for the new year, there is a spectacular firework show that is displayed at the building itself, literally shot off the building. Photos just don't do it justice. Yay Republic of China!!

    before the firework show, new year's eve the firework show off taipei 101 firework show view from inside the observation deck

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    Standing at The Top of The World-Taipei 101

    by Hui-Hui Updated May 8, 2006

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    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

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    Taipei 101

    by chewy3326 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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.

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    Visit to Tapei's 101, the world's tallest building

    by kelnsha Updated Sep 16, 2005

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    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 101

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 3, 2009

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    This used to be the tallest building on earth, the first building to pass the half kilometer mark but since has been taken over by the Burj al Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is quiet an odd feature as it sticks out of Taipei with only smaller buildings surrounding it.
    Contained within is a circular 660-tonne tuned mass damper to counter seismic and wind-induced movement. It is constructed from 41 steel plates, is suspended from eight steel cables, rests on eight viscous dampers and can move five feet or a meter and a half laterally in any direction. This is needed as Taiwan is an earth quake region and gets battered by monsoon rains and winds every year.

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    Taipei 101- Currently held world records

    by chewy3326 Written Aug 17, 2006

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    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.

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    Taipei 101 - Elevator

    by MikeAtSea Updated Apr 3, 2009

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    Travelling to the 89th floor of Taipei 101 one uses the currently fastest elevator on earth. The travelling time to the top is just over 38 seconds, with a speed of 1010 meters per minute. Going down it feels a bit like a crash landing in a Boeing 747 :-) but of course a safe crash landing. Going up and down the elevator attandent provides commentary in Chinese, English and Japanese.

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