The high speed elevator takes you up to the 89th floor in around about 35 seconds, from where a view of Taipei awaits.
For the time being anyway, it is the tallest building in the world, and so has some novelty value in that respect.
NT$400 for adults.
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). 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.
Taipei 101 is a multifunctional skyscraper which was still under construction when I was last in Taipei, so I couldn’t go in to see a bird’s eye view of the city. What a tease. Hard to believe that Taipei is home to the tallest building in the world, or so told this would be when finished.
You pay only NT$350 to go up this 500 metre Prick of the city. NT$350 will only bring you up to the 89th floor. Pay NT$100 more and you get to go all the way up to the roof. I think its really worth it. When go up there, you get 360 degrees of unobstructed Taipei City view. Bring a good Windbreaker because the wind is really strong up there.
Youth travellers do present your Taiwan Youth Card (sure doesn't looks like a card) to the cashier and in order to get a NT$50 discount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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