I am so excited to start this series! I have had photos of our trip to Taiwan, sitting on my computer, just waiting to tell stories! The trip was in June of 2017 and it lasted for two weeks. We stayed in different parts of Taipei and also in the Kaosiung. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget and I can't wait to tell you all about it! So, let's get started!
Taipei 101 is a must see spot, if you are traveling to Taiwan, and by "must see" I mean you can't miss it. It is by far, the tallest building in the city of Taipei and from the time it was built, in 2004 until 2010, it was the tallest building in the world. Standing at (you guessed it) 101 stories tall, it also had the world's fastest elevator until 2016. The elevator reaches a speed of 60.6 km/h and you will feel your ears pop on the ride up.
The first 5 floors of Taipei 101 are a massive shopping mall, that includes many international chains and a food court area. Floors 88-91 are indoor and outdoor observatory areas where you can look down at the city of Taipei and beyond. The rest of the skyscraper mostly consists of office space and it's off-limits to tourists, with the exception of the Starbucks on the 35th floor, but you won't be just walking in off the street to this Starbucks. Unless you work in the building, you need to make a reservation at least one day in advanced to enjoy your iced latte with an amazing view.
Taipei 101 was made to withstand earthquake tremors as well as the strong, straight-line winds that wreak havoc during typhoons. They designed the building with a massive, 660 ton pendulum that hangs from the 92nd floor, down to the 87th floor. The gigantic ball has received so much attention that Sanrio even made a mascot, known as the "Damper Baby". They even sell figurines in the gift shop!
Another unique thing to note about Taipei 101, is the coral shop. Taiwan is world famous for the amount of red and pink coral that is harvested, just off it's shorelines, and if you like the idea of combining art and nature, then you will love to see some of the pieces that were created using coral. Everything is for sale, but most things come with a pretty high price tag.
The last place we stopped on our tour, was the famous Love sculpture (by Robert Indiana). You may recognize it, as replicas can be found in major cities all over the world. Taipei's Love sculpture is located right outside Taipei 101.
If you are going to be in Taiwan, you definitely need to add Taipei 101 to your list of stops. Even if you don't enjoy the shopping, you can't miss the amazing view from the observatory deck or the chance to take a peak inside (or maybe even make a reservation at) the world's highest Starbucks!
Don't forget to keep a look out for more posts about our two weeks in Taiwan!
Until next time!