Taiwan, Part 20 - Taipei 101

July 29, 2011
Taipei 101

With a massive 60-foot spire inspired by Taiwan's native bamboo plant, Taipei 101 Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. At 508 meters (1,667 feet) high, the tower and its spire outrank the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The design of Taipei 101 borrows heavily from Chinese culture. Both the building's interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers. The lucky number eight, which means blooming or success is represented by the eight clearly delineated extrior sections of the building.

The Observation Decks

Located on the 89 and 91 floors, the observation decks include the highest restaurant in Taiwan. Two high-speed elevators reach a maximum speed of 1,010 meters/minute (55 ft/second) when travelling to the 89th floor.

One of the photos for photography contest.

Mailbox Airmail.

Before leaving and while waiting for our bus.

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