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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Taiwan: Taipei 101

Taipei 101 is the world's tallest skyscraper. The structure of the building looks like a bamboo which has many repeated segments. Besides, there are many cloud-like ornaments placed at the tip corners of every segment. There are a few other feng shui elements that would bring good fortune according to Chinese belief. Please refer to wikipedia for more info as I'm not a feng shui expert.
Taipei 101

Indoor observatory deck located at level 89 and outdoor observatory located at level 91 are opened to the public. It is a good opportunity for visitors to experience standing at a very high point from the ground and have a great view of Taipei city. Indoor observatory ticket is priced at NT$350 while additional NT$100 is required if you would like to visit the outdoor observatory. Due to the limited time, we only visited the indoor observatory.
Observatory Ticket Counter

There is an indicator showing us the floor, height, speed and timer in the lift while going up or down. We reached the designated floor in a split second with this rocket-speed lift.
Taipei 101 Lift Indicator

A phone-like device is given to every visitor so that we can have a free audio tour with explanation in the language of our preference. There is also a souvenir shop. Besides selling a mélange of souvenir items, a book mainly about Taipei 101 is also available. The shop is the sole source to get the special book because the book is not sold at any other retail bookstores.
Free Audio Tour Customer Service Counter

There are boards showing the cityscapes of each direction. So, we know we were looking at the view of which direction.
Facing East

We feasted our eyes with the bird-eye view of the city. Luckily it's not hazy, cloudy, rainy or stormy on that day. The building with orange-color rooftop is Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
Bird View

The tuned mass damper.
Tuned Mass Damper

A little profile about Damper Baby aka Wind Damper. His favorite outdoor activity is playing swing, favorite weather is gusty (and earthquake) and his destiny is to protect Taipei 101. Lol.
Damper Baby Profile

Top 10 tallest buildings in the world, ranging from Taipei 101 to Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong are shown on the board.
Top 10 Tallest Tower

Not forgetting the icon of Malaysia, Petronas Twin Towers. It is proudly ranked at second place of world's tallest building after Taipei 101. For Malaysians, the common name of Petronas Twin Towers in mandarin is 双峰塔 but Taiwanese like to call it as 双子星大厦. BTW, it is just a name.
Petronas Twin Towers

I'm the first one.
first

From another view, Number 1.
first

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4 Comments:

Blogger HanLun said...

Chinese name for twine tower is exactly translation from english, with extra one word "xing"- star.. :P

11/13/2007 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

i see. hehe.

11/18/2007 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Jayce said...

Twin towers will be ranked no 3 or no 4 soon lo... Ha... Ha... =P

11/20/2007 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

yea, the tallest tower will be in Dubai soon. but now twin towers still no 2 mah. :p

11/21/2007 07:15:00 AM  

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