After our sumptuous lunch in Din Tai Fung, we went up the world’s tallest green building. After Burj Khalifa in Dubai was constructed, Taipei 101 was ousted from being the tallest in the world. I suppose, they wanted to still have a title, so they took upon the challenge to be the tallest green building. They have a water recycling system on their roof and consumes energy 30% less than buildings of the same size. They were awarded that in July 28, 2011.
I wouldn’t really be surprised if Taipei achieved anything that promotes the conservation of environment because the thing that stood out the most to us was how unpolluted it is in Taipei. It would rain all day but our shoes wouldn’t get muddy at all. My white sneaks went home with white soles still.
World’s Fastest Passenger Elevator
Anyhow, after buying our 500 NTD entrance tickets to the observatory, we queued and had to wait for 20 minutes until we went up the 89th floor.
During queue, boredom strikes, so will vanity. The start of many mirror pics.
The skyscraper isn’t the only thing with an award, the elevator that will transport you to their observatory floor is the fastest in the world, as well. In dimmed lights, shooting stars and constellations forming when you look up, it took us 30 seconds from the 5th floor to the 89th. My ears popped like crazy and some may find it uncomfortable but it will pass after a few.
“Wow, nice angle, Ron.” “Thanks, buddy.” No, but seriously, I was hurriedly taking a photo of the certifications as there were people behind me.
At The 89th – Indoor Observatory
There are 3 floors that is accessible to the public, 88th and 89th floors comprise the indoor observatory area, 90th is for outdoor viewing but is open only during good weather. It’s been raining since we arrived in Taiwan, it was only expected that the outdoor observatory floor is closed. Nevertheless, the views were awesome inside.
There’s one trippy corner on the 89th where the floor are mirrors, too. I think it’s really just the same floor under the carpets but with mirrors, instead. However, it still gave me chills, thinking I’d fall anytime through the mirror. Wah!
When I looked down, it reminded me of bird’s eye view photos of New York and how the city is in blocks and squares.
Dora in Taipei. Lol.
Loved this outfit so much because of the pouch. If I were to reincarnate into an animal, I’d be a kangaroo, lol.
Mirrors! Mirrors, everywhere. Thus, vanity! Vanity everywhere!
A touch screen guide in each direction (North, East, West, South) where you can see labels of each building for both daytime and night. A miniature Taipei 101 is also on display, so you can look at a Taipei 101 inside Taipei 101, inception!
At the 88th – Massive Damper and Coral Display
How tall structures like Taipei 101 stand against natural occurrences is beyond me. Well, I forgot what I learned mostly in my Engineering classes, so there’s that.
This humungous ball – damper – is found at the center of the 88th floor. If I understood it correctly, this helps the building stand firm amidst typhoons and earthquakes. You may find a video nearby where this damper is seen moving during a typhoon. It, basically, balances the building. Somewhat like our core. That’s why our gym / yoga teachers keep shouting “use your core”, especially during inversions.
Damper babies are found everywhere in the observatory. They serve as the building mascot.
Camel Black Amethyst Cave from Uruguay. As per the description beside it, it helps us balance our mental spirits, lessen depression and enhances self-esteem.
When you exit the building at the 88th floor, you will go through a display of corals, jars and stones. It felt quite expensive so be sure not to bump into those!
It was another queue going down, and another swift 30 seconds. All in all, it is obligatory to visit Taipei 101 but it may seem overrated for some. Given that we only had a foggy view during our Maokong Gondola ride, it was nice to finally see the city from the top. Tourist spots like this always puts me in perspective and how small we really are versus the world.
How To Get There
1. Take the Tamsui-Xinyi Line towards Xinyi.
2. Alight at the Taipei 101 / World Trade Center station.
3. Following the overhead signs, take the Exit 4 for Taipei 101.
Later, we went to Sun Yat Sen where we had this view of Taipei 101 with green lights. Each color of the rainbow signifies which day it is of the week. We visited on a Thursday, and Thursdays gets a green display. For the rest of the day: Monday (Red), Tuesday (Orange), Wednesday (Yellow), Friday (Blue), Saturday (Violet), Sunday (Purple).