Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Taiwan Tuesday #2

Welcome to Taipei 101! It is the second largest building in the world and gives you a great, if somewhat foggy (read pollution!) view of the sprawling city of Taipei. In June, for our 9th anniversary, Chris surprised me with a 3 day trip to Taipei. Because of everything I had heard about Taipei 101, I was dying to go up for a look-see. Well, we waited in line for about 30 minutes to go up, looked around and took these pictures for about 15 minutes and then waited in another line for 15 minutes to get to come back down. The elevator does travel at 37 miles per hour, so it is a quick ride. So, to save you the wait, here are pictures taken from the four directions (N,S,E,W). I do not have the pictures in order because I honestly have no clue. Sorry! They were taken from the 89th floor, which is the indoor observatory. I later heard that there was an outdoor observatory on the 91st floor.

Fun Fact: Chris and I lived in Taipei for almost two years when we first got married and came back to Taiwan. Being there, just the two of us, felt like I was on my honeymoon again.

I love the mountains! They surround the city so that Taipei sits in the middle of a "bowl". However, as you can imagine, the pollution has no where to go.

Yes! Taipei is huge. I should know, I walked all over it in those three days.

This last picture is of the damper that hangs from the 91st floor to the 88th floor. We finally figured out that its function is to keep the top of the tower from swaying in the wind. As far as I know, it is just a huge steel ball. Hey! This is a blog, not a science class!

If you want to read more about Taipei 101 or that huge steel damper, click here