Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, ... More
Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Republic of China. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening, and received the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media. Source: Wikipedia
Taipei 101 is excellent. It's not all about the observatory deck and stuff, although that is very fun, the building itself is modern and has feeling. Yes it's expensive but worth it, awesome shopping, awesome food, observatory deck-89th and 91st floor with museum like atmosphere see thegold pillar running in center of the building to keep it steady etc. Elevators very fast ad fun.
Taipei 101 is a must see on any tour. I went twice in October '06, and then March '07. Although the price is expensive it is well worth the experience. I am physically challenged (walk with a cane) and they accomendated more then if I was in Hawaii or New York. The staff are friendly and well informed of the entire tour. One guide spoke 4 different languages fluently. The portable devices that they provided was a plus because it had different languages to narrate the entire tour....
The first few floors of Taipei 101 are filled with name-brand stores and the last floor underground has a food court with a very wide selection and it even has a supermarket. The atmosphere of Taipei 101 is great, which makes it a great place to walk around, have a meal and window-shop - which is all you can do because the items are so expensive. If you want name brand stuff, you're better off buying it in America and whatnot, since all the stuff has to be imported from elsewhere, which means it'll be more expensive.
To get to the observatory on the 89th floor, you must purchase a ticket. It only takes about 30 seconds to reach the observatory by the elevator, which by the way, is a world record. The elevator is actually pretty cool. When the doors shut, the lights are turned off and these star patterns and constellations glow on the ceiling of the elevator. It's actually really pretty! Not only that, there's an indicator on the side which tells you how long you've been on the elevator and a diagram that shows where the elevator is at in relation to the tower. The ride is somewhat uncomfy because they pack everyone in until there literally is no room, but on the bright side, my ears didn't really pop even though we went up at such a high speed. :)
The observatory is really nice. When you walk in, they direct you to the counter where you may receive your free audio tour guide. The observatory also has a snack bar (mostly ice cream, I think) and a souvenir shop. The view is really nice, but all you really see are buildings and cars.
Overall, I thought it was pretty cool. Like I said before, the atmosphere is really great, though personally I'm not interested in just seeing buildings and cars, but it's still cool. It's definitely an interesting building. Though I've been told that Taipei 101 is an "ugly" building, I would have to disagree. It was built with lots of thought and guided by "feng shui" so I feel that's what makes it unique and interesting. It's pretty cool when you're in a place far away and you can still say "Hey, I can see Taipei 101 from here!" Haha.
Taipei 101 is quite an amazing building. I had seen several pictures of it and I think it looked much better in person. It is in an area of Taipei that is being renovated with high priced Japanese department stores, designer stores and expensive apartments. It is in a financial and banking district and is an area which reminds me most of an American city. It was fun to see and the food court was great! My four year old was amazed by its height and its fast elevator with the lighted star show in the ceiling.
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