Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Taipei 101

Our last stop was Taipei 101. This beautiful building is 101 stories and 508 meters high. The elevator ride to the 89th floor observation deck took 45 seconds up and 45 seconds down. The elevator cabins are pressurized for the passengers comfort. The 18 foot diameter 730 ton steel sphere in the last two photos is to dampen the motion of the building. They say it eliminates about 60 percent of the motion. You can still feel the motion of the building and we are watching a sculpture vibrate in one of the last photos. There is and inside observation area on the 89th floor and an outside area on the 91st floor.

Look who is a chicken!

looking up from the 91st floor.

Wind dampening sphere

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