Taipei 101 is the world’s tallest building so far. There are others that surpass its height but they are still under construction. So until those are finished, Taipei 101 reigns the skies.
I took these photos when hubby and I went to Taiwan in June 2005.
Taipei 101 is an amazing piece of architecture because of several superlatives:
- The world’s tallest building, measuring 509 meters from ground to top (not including the antenna).
- It’s got the world’s fastest passenger elevators, with a speed of up to 1,010 meters/minute. It only takes an ear-splitting 38 seconds to get to the 89th floor, where the Observatory is.
- From the Observatory, one will see the world’s largest wind damper, which weighs about 660 tons. This is supposed to help the tower resist strong winds and quakes, which are quite common in Taiwan.
- The Observatory also has Taipei’s most breathtaking view! (Too bad no photos to brag along!)
- The first 5 floors house the most upscale couture boutiques and finest restaurants in Taipei.
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