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Why is there a massive 660 ton beehive looking obstacle located at the top of Taipei 101, one of world's tallest buildings?

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  • Why: Most impressive building in Taiwan
  • Price: 600 NT ($20 USD)
  • Where: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi, Taipei (map)
  • Tips: Visit on a clear sunny day otherwise it is not worth your $20 bucks

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Get ready to explore Taipei 101, a marvel that stood as the world's tallest building from 2004 to 2010! Known for having one of the fastest elevators on the planet, it whisks you up to an incredible observatory deck. But here's a pro tip: the ticket costs around 600 NT, which is about $20 USD, so you'll want to pick a day with perfect weather. Trust me, a cloudy view from up there is not nearly as breathtaking. Purchase your ticket here!

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For an even more stunning perspective of Taipei 101 and the cityscape, make your way to Elephant Mountain. Be warned, though – it's a challenging, steep hike with loads of stairs. But the effort pays off with mesmerizing views at the top. Just a heads-up: tackle this climb when you're feeling fit, especially on those hot, humid summer days. I've had a few close calls with exhaustion up there!

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Elephant Mountain isn't just a hike; it's a prime spot for those awe-inspiring selfies and photos, thanks to the epic views it offers. I missed out on the night view, but from what I've seen, capturing Taipei 101 bathed in the sunset is absolutely spectacular.

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And here's a cool fact about Taipei 101 – the massive wind damper in its crown. This engineering wonder, looking like a giant beehive, reduces building sway by up to 40% during typhoons or earthquakes. It's fascinating to see how the building gently moves but remains stable, thanks to this damper. Check out my video clips to see it in action.

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The architectural design of Taipei 101 is a topic of much debate. Some say it resembles a bamboo stalk or traditional Chinese pagodas, while the designers liken it to a blossoming flower. Whichever way you see it, Taipei 101 is a must-visit, but remember, it's best experienced on a clear, sunny day!

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