Taipei, Taiwan, April 2016. Taipei 101 is the Taiwanese answer to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower or even the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur – in short, a skyscraper of some magnitude imposing on the city skyline. Its the must see attraction in Taipei, so, I’d better go and see it! Something I’m beginning to like about Taipei and that is its a relatively small city with a fast Metro, twice as fast as the Singapore version!
Taipei 101, just 15 minutes from Ximen and a fare of about 50p using the Easy Card (more about that in a later blog). Its one of those structures that needs viewing from from a few streets away and on a sunny day with blue sky behind it – and today is that day, although there is still that persistent haze hanging over the city. what brings the tourists here is the opportunity to get a birds eye view of Taipei from the 101’s 89th floor observatory.
£8.50 if one want’s to ride up the worlds fastest elevator, or there’s another way to get that birds eye view according to a few bloggers – visit Starbucks on floor 35. That idea has great potential, but with a flaw – visitors will need to call Starbucks and make a reservation for the next day with the obligation of buying a coffee and a pastry, no question. That’s all confirmed by the ticket desk who will supply the number but won’t help in making the reservation! Plan B then, climb the hill behind Taipei 101 and get a birds eye view of the skyscraper with the city all in one go – darn shame about this persistent haze and mist.
Attached to the 101 is a rather smart shopping mall – to smart for most of us. Its where the great and the good of Taiwan come for fine dining, expensive tea and to buy a pair of diamond earrings. Here’s a glimpse of the opulence Taipei has on offer along with a look at the actual 101 tower located in the downtown CBD area. Google Map:
Next, climb up Elephant Mountain.