Taipei 101 台北101 @ Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Standing in the Xinyi District of Taipei, Taipei 101 is the most iconic building that should be on your list of things to do in this city. It is like the gigantic bamboo stalk which it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss. The building was officially classified as the world’s tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.
With a height of 508 meters, Taipei 101 was originally known as the Taipei International Financial Center. Houses a luxury atrium shopping mall (Taipei 101 Mall) from B1 floor to 5th floor and most of the floors above the mall are devoted to office space. The public observatories are on floors 88 to 91, with an indoor observatory on 89 and an outdoor observatory on 91. At a height of 392.8 metres, the outdoor observatory was the highest in the world at the time of completion. The 101st floor is home to a private VIP club named Summit 101.
We was at Taipei 101 for the Observation Deck before our dinner at Din Tai Fung. Tickets may be purchased on site in the shopping mall (5th floor) or in advance through the Observatory’s website. Adult: NT$600 & Children under the height of 115 cm: Free admission. Admission Fees please refer HERE.
Features two high-speed elevators with the speed of 1010 m/min which whisk the visitors from 5th floor to the observation deck on the 89th floor in 37 seconds. The elevators was officially classified as the world’s fastest passenger elevator from 2004 to 2015 by Guinness World Records.
The timer screen in the elevator showing the speed, time and the floor.
The light in the elevator will be switched off and the riders can enjoy the constellation patterns on the ceiling of the elevator. This is an atmospheric pressure regulatory systems to avoid discomfort during the ride (due to change in air pressure)
89th Floor Indoor Observatory
Located at 382 meters above ground and provides a spectacular 360 degree unobstructed view of Taipei’s skyline in every direction.
It was a gratifying moment to check out the breathtaking night view of this amazing city. Free audio tour in eleven languages, as well as high-powered binoculars, refreshments, and professional photography service are available here. There is an outdoor Observatory on 91th Floor but only open on days with favorable weather conditions.
Damper babies and the real wind damper (in gold colour behind damper baby) which is suspended between the 92nd and 87th floors. It is the world’s largest and heaviest wind damper with a diameter reaching 5.5 m (18 feet) and a weight of 660 tons. It is the only operational wind damper in the world exposed for public viewing. Wind damper is serving as one of the key elements of wind and earthquake resistance systems of TAIPEI 101.
After visiting the super big wind damper, you can go to Treasury Sky for Taiwan’s unique jewel crafts.
It’s 6 more days till 2018 and the New Year Eve fireworks definitely the highlight of any celebration parties. In Taiwan, the Taipei 101’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza is considered among the best in the world, attracting huge crowds every year to Taipei’s Xinyi District to enjoy the spectacle. On last year, the firework show was 238 seconds in length with patterns of flowers, birds, seahorses, fishes, etc. were projected. One of the most popular spots to witness the magnificent firework show is Humble House Taipei 寒舍艾丽 which I stayed during my Taiwan trip.
No.7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Tel: (02)8101 8800
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 9.00 am-10.00 pm
Taipei 101 is on the route of Taipei Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus (Red Line)
MRT: Taipei 101 Station, Exit No.4 (Xin-Yi Line 淡水线 – Red line)
Bus: Can be boarded at Taipei City Hall, the World Trade Center station, Xin-Yi Administrative Center, and the Grand Hyatt Taipei