Taipei 101 by daymin on Flickr

Taipei 101

Taipei, Taiwan

Virtually any photo taken of the Taipei 101 tower is almost unbelievable because of how very tall this tower stands, piercing the sky, with nothing even remotely close to its height anywhere on the horizon.

Take the high speed elevator up to the Observation Deck for a panoramic view of the city, making sure you visit on a day with good visibility. You will be within an area that from the outside looks like a stacking of “pagoda” structures based on the number 8, a Chinese lucky number. The design was meant to celebrate the “upward stacking of luck” and the forward thinking concept of the building and the future of Taiwan. An added bonus is the wonderful photography display you will find on the Observation floor depicting the history of Taiwan.

There are fine dining restaurants as well at the top of the tower. Ding Xian 101 is on the 86th floor, offering gourmet Taiwanese seafood cuisine. On the floor below, Diamond Tony’s has steaks and Chinese/Japanese fusion, while Sinyeh 101 specializes in traditional Taiwanese dishes.

After your visit, take the elevator to the bottom five floors of the tower for a stroll around the shopping mall and a sampling of Taiwanese cuisine at the food court and at the many restaurants located there if you haven’t already dined upstairs.

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