It’s my first time in Taiwan. Known for its Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world (now it’s second to Dubai’s Burj al Arab), Taiwan has more interesting things than just the tall building.
This was on Jan 28th, 2nd day in Taipei (and my mother’s birthday). I was sick and wanted to stay at the dorm but had confirmed to spend the whole afternoon with a friend whom I haven’t seen for a long period – Mylene Kho Tseng. She married a Taiwanese and stayed happily and contentedly in Taiwan since then with her lovely daughter Christine. (The girl has a Chinese name which I can hardly pronounce).
I was alone in the dorm while my IMG colleagues roamed around. I went with Mylene in the downtown area just near the dorm and we had a hearty lunch. It was cold, very cold (for me), even in lunchtime.
Next destination was Taipei 101 itself. I refused to go there because I sometimes am afraid of heights but it was not fearsome at all. I preferred museums but Mylene’s husband said they were too far.
Taipei 101 in Xinyi District, Taipei Taiwan is ranked as the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010. Now second to Burj Khalifa or Burj al Arab of Dubai (from 2010), Taipei 101 was awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.
It has 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. Its elevator is built by the Japanese Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems (TELC) which is a Guinness awardee with its 16.83 meter or 55.22 feet per second, sweeping guests from the 5th floor to the 89th floor in 37 seconds.
The building itself is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. It is a multi-lvel shopping mall adjoining the tower houses with fashionable stores, clubs and restaurants.
This is the observatory area at the 85th floor. Very high indeed. People can be as high as to this floor only. The image below is how it looks like looking down.
We’re at Taiwan airport which was under construction. This was before we lined up to check in for a midnight flight for Manila, Phils.
Taiwan’s tourism seems rich too. People are very friendly and helpful than other Chinese countries (even if some do not speak English), a trait that made them lovable and better-looking.