You ain't seen Taipei until you've been on the Taipei 101!
|Taipei 101 reaches up for the heavens on the evening of Saturday, November 10, 2012|
And that's exactly what I did on the evening of Saturday, November 10, 2012.
|That's me on the 89th floor of the Taipei 101|
This, in fact, was my third time on the Taipei 101, haven got up twice during my previous two visits to Taiwan in 2007, however, this visit was more comprehensive.
According to Wikepedia, Taipei 101 (Chinese: 台北101 / 臺北101), formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.
The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and became the tallest and largest green building in the world.
Taipei 101 was designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture.
The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening, and received the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award.
Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.
Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground.
The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition (see Symbolism).
Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments.
The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.
A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs.
Taipei 101 is owned by the Taipei Financial Center Corporation (TFCC) and managed by the International division of Urban Retail Properties Corporation based in Chicago.
The name originally planned for the building, Taipei World Financial Center, until 2003, was derived from the name of the owner.
The original name in Chinese was literally, Taipei International Financial Center (Chinese: 臺北國際金融中心).
Below are more pictures of my visit.