Great photos, and very instructive. Thanks for sharing your experiences! Enjoy it!
Published by Antonio Tajuelo
I recently made a trip to Asia. This is my first trip out of Spain and I intend to learn about some cultures that are new me, all of them being extremely different from the Western world in which I live.
Skyscrapers wake me a special fascination, so in this trip I didn't miss the chance to visit the Taipei 101 building in the island of Taiwan. Being 509 meters high, Taipei 101 has been, until recently, the tallest building that has been ever built.
Taipei 101 was built between 1997 and 2004. Its construction was not intended as just another more building. Taiwan planned to build the largest skyscrapper ever built on the planet. Indeed, Taiwanese consider Taipei 101 as a symbol, a great monument to be proud and which serves to show the power of Taiwan to the world.
The construction of an over 500 meters tall building in Taipei was not a simple task. Taiwan is an island where seismic activity is very high and each year more than 40,000 earthquakes occur. In addition, each year it is impacted by an average of 4 typhoon with winds of over 200 km/h .
This skyscraper has 101 floors above ground level, plus 5 underground floors. The number 101 is very symbolic for Taiwanese people. Number 100 represents perfection, while 101 means going one step further. The building is shaped like a bamboo trunk. It consists of 8 blocks of 8 stories each. Number 8 is a very special number in Chinese culture, as it is associated with wealth and good luck.
I really wanted to see this impressive building, so the route itself was an unforgettable moment for me.
At floor number 89 there is located an observatory. Admission is NT $500 (about 12 €) and tickets can be purchased on the 5th floor of the mall next to Taipei 101. Below are several pictures of the views of Taipei from up there that made me speechless!
In this photo you can see the huge shadow cast by Taipei 101 over other smaller buildings in the city. Shocking!
Visitors on the roof of Taipei 101.
Say hello to cleaning operatives if you see them!
This must be an unsuitable job for people with altitude dizziness!
There is a souvenir shop on the top of the building ^^.
Binoculars under maintenance.
Souvenir photo with my friend at the top of Taipei 101!
At the top of the building you can also write your wishes.
This is the pet of Taipei 101. It has mass damper shape. You can see the actual mass damper of the building in the next photos.
World's fastest elevator!
Danbo also got to the top and got some photos over there ^^.
The mass damper allows the building to resist the strong winds from typhoons and earthquake movements. Its a huge 660 ton ball that is formed by several plates and is holded by several steel cables on the 88th floor. The mass damper works by counteracting and neutralizing the movements and forces that the building suffers, providing greater stability.
When there is no strong winds, you can go out to the roof.
Views from Taipei 101 roof!
Having known Taipei 101, one of the largest skyscrapers in the world, all the other buildings seem smaller to my eyes!
Visit to Taipei 101 is not complete without climbing 象山 (Elephant Mountain), where there are amazing views of the building, highlighted above all others.
I hope you enjoyed the visit to this amazing skyscraper!