on January 27, 2007
Taipei 101 is not only the world’s tallest building, it’s also an upscale shopping mall. The walk from the Taipei City Hall metro station, which is about a 6 block hike, gives you an adequate opportunity to marvel over its height – and sure enough, it’s really, really tall. We were able to glimpse it from other parts of the city, but the view walking up to was the best. Before we went to Taiwan, I saw a special on television about the construction of the building – supposedly it was structured to look like a piece of bamboo and it is slightly pliable in order to be able to withstand wind and tremors. Once we got into the building, we balked at the price to ride the elevator to the top – it was something like $30 US – so we just watched the brief video that they had playing at the area where they sold elevator tickets. Apparently you would get a certain time to report for your elevator ride. We were there late at night and it seemed like all the time slots were relatively free.Otherwise, the mall in Taipei 101 was impressive if you are looking for designer clothes and expensive jewelry, though I did not see any souvenir shops (or even unique souvenir ideas) there. We happened upon a bus run by Taipei 101 back to the metro station – but since it was late at night, the bus was filled to squishing capacity.
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