#TRAVEL – Taiwan: Taipei 101

#TRAVEL – TAIWAN: TAIPEI 101

In 2004, Taipei 101 (formerly known as Taipei World Financial Centre) was declared the tallest building in the world.  101 floors high, it stands out in the Taipei skyline and is visible for miles (pollution depending).
Taipei 101 lost it’s ‘Tallest building’ title to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai in 2009.  As of 2016, Taipei 101 is now the 10th tallest building on earth. However, it is still well-worth a visit!
Earlier this year, I was visiting Taipei on a budget (shock). I only had 2 days to explore the city and wanted to hit all the ‘MUST SEE’ places.  After doing some research I found that Taipei 101 made most Top 10 lists and in many cases was the #1 thing to see/do in Taipei.

Taipei has an efficient subway system that covers the main areas of the city.  To get to Taipei 101, simply get off at the conveniently named ‘Taipei 101’ stop – SIMPLE!
The bottom floors are mostly occupied by food courts, shops and tourists.  The real spectacle is on the 89th floor: the 360 Observation Deck.
Initially I was put off by the admission price to go up (12/11/2016 – NT$600), However, after seeing that you are taken there in the worlds fastest elevator, I pulled out my wallet.

The view from the observation desk really is incredible.  It gives you a panoramic view of the city and allows you to see so much you couldn’t from the ground.
I always love visiting the tall buildings in cities (e.g. Tokyo Skytree and the KL tower), the birds-eye view you get always leaves me temporarily speechless and can be appreciated at both day and night.
Admittedly, this is a short experience and quite expensive, but it is worth it.  If you are in Taipei, don’t leave Taipei 101 off your list!

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