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Taipei 101 is an iconic landmark that sits in the Xinyi District of Taipei and gets its name from the 101 storeys it has above ground. The 508-metre high tower was once the tallest skyscraper in the world and today is the world’s tallest green building. Taipei 101 is home to offices, a conference centre, observatories, restaurants and a shopping mall, occupying around 30,277 square metres of space.
Taipei 101 was designed to withstand typhoon winds and earthquakes, both of which are common to the area. It features a tuned mass damper that is suspended from the 92nd to the 87th floor that has become a popular tourist attraction in its own right. The exterior of Taipei 101 are blue-green glass curtain walls with aluminium panels, while the roof collects and recycles water for the building’s use.
The 88th to 92st floors of Taipei 101 feature its indoor and outdoor observatories that boast spectacular 360-degree views of the city, while the 36th floor is home to the Taipei 101 Conference Centre. The five basement levels are home to the Taipei 101 Mall.
Address and contact: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, tel: (886) 2 8101 9001
Opening times and fees: Daily from 09:00 – 22:00; free entry and around SG$21 for adult and SG$17 for children for the observatoriesWhere to stay
There are a few hotels near Taipei 101, most of which are lavish brand properties like the W Taipei and the Grand Hyatt Taipei. This is not surprising, as the area where the skyscraper is located is considered to be the city’s financial and shopping district. Still, there are also a couple of comfortable mid-range hotels near Taipei 101.
State of the art LCD TVs, premium bedding and cosy bathrobes are all amenities found in guestrooms at the luxurious hotels near Taipei 101. Most also have an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer and a minibar, while guestrooms at the Le Meridien Taipei come with free Wi-fi and those at Home Hotel feature iPod docking stations and rainfall showerheads. The upscale properties also have limo or town car service, business centres, meeting rooms and gyms, as well as at least one fantastic restaurant.