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Taipei 101

After Wulai we visited Taipei 101 in the evening. With 101 floors above ground (plus 5 underground) and 509 m tall, it is Taiwan’s tallest building and #12 in the world. [Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 832 m is currently #1; Toronto’s CN Tower at 553 m is #6.] It also claims to have the fastest passenger elevator in the world, but at 16.8 m/s it is actually #3, behind CTF Finance Center in Guangzhou (20 m/sec) and Shanghai Tower (18 m/s). To reduce the tower’s vibration in typhoons, it has a damper 5.5 m in diameter and weighs 660 metric tons.

Admission cost is NT$500 (C$20) per adult. The view is not bad but personally I much prefer ascending mountains than towers. When you claim to be the world’s tallest, or fastest, or best in anything, someone is bound to come along later that’s even taller, or faster, or better (一山还有一山高). Don’t focus on bragging rights. We have all been entrusted with this life. Focus on being faithful, because that’s what God required of us. 1 Co 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan.

Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan.

Taipei 101, formerly known as Taipei  World Financial Center

Taipei 101, formerly known as Taipei World Financial Center

Taipei 101 claimed to have the world's fastest passenger elevator.

Taipei 101 claimed to have the world’s fastest passenger elevator.

The tower's vibration damper to protect from typhoons.

The tower’s vibration damper to protect from typhoons.

View from the top. Even tall buildings look like toys!

View from the top. Even tall buildings look like toys!

A corner of the floor is made of glass, so you can see through 91 floors to the ground.

A corner of the floor is made of glass, so you can see through 91 floors to the ground.