An entrance fee of 450 TWD for Adults and 400 TWD for children, it is common to find yourself falling in line with eager group tours. Apart from the promise of city view from an elevated height, Taipei 101 boasts also the fact that it has the world’s fastest elevator at 1010m/min.
Within the same floor, the building tuned mass damper can be viewed. A spherical, gold structure, the purpose of the damper is to support the building from strong wind loads, which is expected for a typhoon affected country like Taiwan.
Apart from the magnificent Taipei 101 structure, there is nothing more fulfilling than exploring the city on foot, never mind the very unpredictable weather that can always turn from hot, humid mid-day to one rainy afternoon.
For those planning to maximize their day even more, two of the other most visited places are Taipei National Palace Museum- boasting a permanent collection of more than 600,000 plus Chinese artifacts & artworks and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall- built in memory of General Chiang Kai-shek.
No camera/photography allowed inside the National Palace Museum, so let me just offer a bit of advice, the longest line and most crowded part of the exhibit is the one showcasing Jade stones- either you skip this part or prioritize, fall in line upon entering the exhibit area immediately.
I will always associate Taipei or the 101 building particularly to New year’s Eve celebration, when the building is use for a extravagant firework display. I may not be able to witness the yearly celebration, I’ll settle into viewing the building at night.
Here is the conclusion of my Taiwan-Taipei adventures. It is an amazing country to explore, a satisfying travel for anyone who wishes to experience oriental culture, nature, street food, night markets and most importantly, it is a good example of an Asian city caught in the midst of continuous modernization and yet a visit to a lesser-known neighborhood shows how residence preserve their traditions, culture and history.
No doubt why it was rank as one of the Best in Travel at 2012 Lonely Planet list.