When I am with my prince,it doesn't really matter what we do or where we go. But it seems like we have an unwritten rule - we must check out the tallest building in the place we are visiting!
For this reason, we have been to Eiffel Tower in Paris, Empire State Building in New York, Prudential Building in Boston, and seen tallest buildings in Shanghai, Macau and Hongkong plus our separate visits to KL Petronas Tower, Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower and the likes.
Our penchant for tall buildings was satisfied once again last November 5, 2010 during our visit to Taipei 101 also known as the Taipei Financial Center,located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in January 2010.(btw, my prince might be seeing this building in a few weeks during his trip in Dubai!*envy * envy*)
At night, Taipei 101 was spectacular with the lights shining on all the 101 floors (yea, the name of the tower reflects its floor count above ground!) But there are 5 floors underground as well.
We went to the 5th floor to buy tickets for the indoor and an outdoor observation decks. The indoor deck is located on the 89th floor costing NT$400 per person while the outdoor observation deck is on the 91st floor for a separate cost of NT$100 per person. The observation decks are open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
As we enter, our picture was taken at the entrance and shown on the screen with two options: a day view and a night view. The picture is available at the 89th floor mall for NT$350. (I picked the day view because I have some night shots already of the tower and buildings nearby).
The world's fastest elevator (now second fastest because of Burj Khalifa) is also on the 5th foor. It was really fast! There was also some lights show on the ceiling so boarding the lift was not only smooth and quiet but also fun!
At the 89th-floor observation deck, we went around clockwise starting from the Welcome To Taipei 101 sign, gazing at the entire view of the city of Taipei at night, taking pictures here and there (as I was trying the functions of the camera given by my prince) and wandering around checking the nice exhibits,displays on the wall and the huge mass(wind) damper which protects the building from damage in the event of high winds or earthquakes.
We did not go to the 91st-floor outdoor-viewing platform (which was closed because it was raining during our visit). But that was good because it is an extra hundred dollars to climb the extra two stories without any elevator or escalator!
As we leave this spectacular structure, I can't help but feel grateful to be with my prince to enjoy the great views atop the building, seeing things at a sky - high perspective!