For a while, it was the world’s tallest building residing here in Taipei. With its height of over 500 meters and 100 stories, the tower has surpassed both the Sears tower in Chicago and the Petronas tower in Malaysia. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed by KTRT joint venture, and it opened on December 31st, 2004 to a huge crowd and enormous New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Its name is officially the Taipei International Financial Center, but is always referred to as Taipei 101 because of its 101 floors. Surely a landmark skyscraper.
The inside of Taipei 101 itself is home to a six-floor mall, nightclubs, restaurants, offices, apartments, and observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors. Visitors are given the option of touring the magnificent building, and it said to attract 5000 foreign and Taiwanese per day. The outside of the structure was designed to give the appearance of financial success. Its bamboo-like exterior is used to represent gold ingots which were used as currency by ancient Chinese royalty. Taipei 101’s exterior glass is also tinted green for this same reason.
Visitors can purchase a ticket and take an elevator to the top. There is a gift shop and guided tour describing the history of the building and points around Taipei.
If you have a chance to visit Elephant Mountain, you will be treated to one of the best views of Taipei 101.
This was the first world's tallest building completed in the 21st century. Its original name was Taipei Financial Center, based on its official Chinese name: the Taipei International Financial Center.
Taipei 101 Fastest Ascending Elevator speed: 16.80 am/s (37.5 miles/hour or 60.4 km/oh).