It is the Eiffel Tower is to Paris what Taipei 101 is to Taipei. A landmark of the city. An engineering marvel. A structure with full of symbolism.
Some interesting facts and figures:
– Located at Xinyi District, the “Manhattan of Taipei”, a prime shopping area in Taipei, if not in Taiwan. Used to be wetlands before it underwent a massive development in the 90s.
– Cost USD1.8billion. Constructed in 4 years
– The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010
– Has 101 stories above ground and five underground. Total height 509m. Observatory floor is at 391m (89th and 91th floor)
– Has the fastest elevator in the world at 1010m/min
– The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. Withstand winds up to 60m/s or 216km/h. For that, a tuned mass damper is installed at a cost of USD4million to stabilize the tower against movements caused by high winds. The damper (660 metric tons) can reduce up to 40% of the tower’s movements. This is the largest damper sphere in the world.
– The main tower features a series of eight segments of eight floors each. In Chinese-speaking cultures the number eight is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune. It resembles a stalk of bamboo (an icon of learning and growth), and a stack of ancient Chinese ingots or money boxes (a symbol of abundance).
– MRT City Hall Station (Bannan Line (Blue)). From here the tower can be reached within 10-12 minutes walk. New MRT Line (Xinyi Line) will open by the end of this year or early next year which will provides a direct access to the tower through its own MRT station. Once completed it takes 11 minutes from Taipei Main Station to Taipei 101 Station.
Adult NT$500, Children under 12 NT$450
Open 9am to 10pm daily. Last ticketing & entry 9.15pm
Ticket booth and entrance is located at the 5th floor of the Taipei 101 Mall