Taipei 2012-07-14 - Image 64
Taken during a daytrip to Taipei on 14th July 2012. The day started off at Taipei's main bus station, then down onto the MRT (Taipei's underground system) to head a few stops East which drops you off in the middle of the main toy stores in Taipei, Monster, Hot Dog Toyz and Paradise which are all a few minutes walk from each other.
After scoring some goodies in the toy shops it was back onto the MRT and a few further stops to the East to the Taipei Town Hall station which left around a 10 minute walk to Taipei 101, which used to be the tallest building in the world, a title which it held from 2004 until the even taller Burj Khalifa opened in 2010. Taipei 101 is currently ranked 3rd in the official list of the worlds tallest buildings as of writing this.
After spending several hours inside the 101 tower and shooting photos from it's observation decks on floors 87 through 89, checking out it's mass damper system which helps the tower withstand typhoons and earthquakes, it was back down to the 5th floor where the tower is connected up to the 101 mall / shopping centre where I visited the 4th toy store of the day, Toy Land to pick up a few final bits and pieces, before heading back to the main bus station via the MRT to catch an evening bus back to Hsinchu.
Here's a little info on the 101 tower courtesy of Wikipedia:-
The Taipei 101 tower has 101 stories above ground and five underground. Upon its completion Taipei 101 claimed the official records for:
Ground to highest architectural structure (spire): 508 metres (1,667 ft). Previously held by the Petronas Towers 451.9 m (1,483 ft)
Ground to roof: 449.2 m (1,474 ft). Formerly held by the Willis Tower 442 m (1,450 ft)
Ground to highest occupied floor: 438 m (1,437 ft). Formerly held by the Willis Tower 412.4 m (1,353 ft).
Fastest ascending elevator speed: designed to be 1010 meters per minute, which is 16.83 m/s (55.22 ft/s) (60.6 km/h, 37.7 mi/h)
Largest countdown clock: Displayed on New Year's Eve
You can find loads more info directly on 101's wikipedia page:-
And also the list of tallest buildings in the world:-