Penthouse View

We wandered down to Taipei 101 today. It’s a ten-minute walk to the subway station closest to it, and then you can take a free shuttle from the subway station to 101. It looks so much bigger close up. And the stores in the bottom of 101 are ridiculous. Cartier, Tiffany’s, De Beers, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, or any other name-brand clothes and accessories that costs the amount of a small house or a really nice car you can definitely find there. We overheard a stat that 90% of the visitors are tourists and only 10% actually go there to buy things.

And since we were there, we had to go to the very top. It cost $400NT ($12USD) per person, and there was an elevator that took us from the 5th floor to the 89th floor in 37 seconds. Here’s proof from the elevator panel:

And when we got up there…

Buildings as far as the eye can see, in all four directions. They weren’t kidding when they said that there’s a lot of people in Taipei. I’m surprised the island hasn’t started sinking with all the weight.

Here’s the damper ball that keeps the building up. It’s 660 metric tons and very pretty.

We went walking around afterwards, and there’s a massive bookstore a few blocks away, as well as sad mall called New York, New York where the most interesting thing was the fake Statue of Liberty in front of it.

I’ll put the rest of my pictures up on Facebook, but I think I should open a Flickr account or something. I’ll leave you with the night time view from the front of our apartment.

Fun Fact: They change the lights on 101 every day according to the day of the week and the colors of the rainbow, ROY G BIV. Today is Sunday, so the lights are purple, if you can tell from the picture.

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