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Taipei 101 is one of the most celebrated skyscrapers in the world. Standing at 1,671 feet high, the massive structure was the world’s largest building from 2004-2010. Its unique architecture resembles an interesting mix between a stalk of bamboo and a pagoda. Many onlookers believe it's the perfect blend of traditional Chinese design and modern architectural lines. While touring Taipei, it’s nearly impossible not to notice this enormous building that looms over the city.
The name Taipei 101, comes from the fact that the building is comprised of 101 floors. However, there are five additional floors below the ground. On the fifth floor of the underground shopping mall, you may purchase tickets to take the world’s fastest elevator up to the observation deck. Traveling at a peak speed of 37.7 mph, you’ll reach the 89th floor in about 30 seconds. The observation deck is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the last admission at 9:15 p.m. The best time to visit is right before the sun sets so that you can take in both daytime and nighttime views during a single visit. Make sure to take advantage of the free audio tour which explains everything you’ll see.
Taipei’s MRT rapid transit subway is the easiest and fastest way to get around the city. Take the Red Line 2 to reach the Taipei 101 station and take exit #4. Whether you're enjoying the modern shopping mall or being rocketed up to the 360-degree views on the observation deck, it's difficult not to be impressed by this stunning building.
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