Standing at 508 metres, Taipei 101 is a skyscraper in the Xinyi district in Taipei. It was the world’s tallest building until 2010, overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Now #9th tallest, it still feels pretty tall when you’re there! It is a must visit because the view is spectacular and it is incredible to learn about this feat of construction.
Catch the MRT to Taipei 101 and you’ll arrive at the mall. Make your way to the 5th floor where you catch the elevator. This is incredible in itself since it goes to the 89th floor in 37 seconds. What a rush. You can then climb 2 floors and head out to the outdoor observatory. The views of the whole of Taipei and just breathtaking from every angle. The outdoor observatory gives you panoramic views without the glass windows – though its opening is weather dependent.
On the indoor observatory, you can view the city from every angle, learn about the architecture and history and grab some merchandise and even a tea or coffee.
Once you’ve finished, head down and view the mass wind damper, a ball inside measuring 5.5 m in diameter and 41 layers of riveted steel boards which provide the balance to the structure. It is the world’s largest and heaviest and you can even take a photo with it. The structure can also withstand a major earthquake and also high winds up to 60 m per second.
Following this you can eat or grab a drink on the 89th floor including a fairy floss bubble tea. There’s a restaurant serving food, alcohol, tea and coffee and the amazing fairy floss drinks. Why not grab one of these, it is like having a cloud like drink, in the clouds!
Be careful to monitor the weather, since you want to go on a clear day to get the best viewing experience.
Open daily from 9am – 10pm
89F, No. 7. Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei