Taipei 101 was one of the things I was most excited about on our trip to Taiwan. We’ve seen a lot of different towers throughout our travels, but this one seemed to catch our interests more than most.
About Taipei 101:
Built in 2004, it was at one time known as the world’s tallest building, until it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa. It has 101 floors, which symbolizes the new century that began when Taipei 101 was built (plus all the years after). There are eight segments with eight floors each, which connects to the ideas of abundance and prosperity in Chinese culture.
Visiting Taipei 101:
We spent our day exploring around Taipei, and then headed over to the building later in the evening; the tower was lit up and looked majestic against the darkening night sky. It was hard not to miss during the day while we walked around the city, but was even more striking at night. As we made our way to the tower, we passed by one of the performance stages for the New Year’s Eve Celebrations that next day; this made us really excited to see the famous Taipei 101 fireworks display.
At the bottom of the tower is a mall, so we walked through a few levels before finding the line to buy observatory tickets. We weren’t surprised when we saw a long line of people waiting to board the elevators, so we bought our tickets and then looked at the different shops until it was our turn to go to the top.
It took about half an hour to make it through the queue, and then we got on the elevator which took us up to the 89th floor in about 37 seconds (it travels at 600 m/min!). Once we got off the elevator, we were free to roam and check out the views of Taipei.
Our Impression of the Taipei 101 Observatory:
Maybe it’s because we went at night, but we weren’t too impressed with the views at the top. It was pretty dark, and even though the night was clear, it wasn’t as great of a view as it would have been during the daytime. There’s also an outdoor observatory that sounded awesome, but unfortunately was closed during our visit.
The wind damper room was really cool, and I thought it was great that we could see what helps keep the tower steady and secure.
Overall, we’re really happy that we went to the top of Taipei 101, but felt like there are other spots in Taipei to find good views of the city. Elephant Mountain was one of them, and we were able to get a beautiful shot of Taipei without paying any money. I’ll be writing about that soon, so be sure to watch out for that post!
If you’re traveling with your family, or younger children, this might not be the best place for you. One ticket to the observatory is 600 TWD, which comes to about 20 USD. That can definitely add up, and might not be worth it if the day is hazy or rainy.
The Taipei 101 Fireworks Display:
Even though our experience with the observatory wasn’t amazing, Taipei 101 still ranks as one of our favorite towers we’ve been to. It’s so unique and really just unforgettable.
For me, however, one of the highlights of the trip was watching the fireworks show off the top of the tower! We booked an Airbnb with rooftop access and a direct view of the fireworks, and it was worth every penny.
The Airbnb itself wasn’t the greatest, but after the show started, we knew we picked the right place for us. There were hundreds of people on the streets watching different concerts and trying to see the fireworks display, so being able to walk from our apartment right up to the roof (with only a few other people around us) was the best way to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Taiwan.
I don’t think I could ever describe just how incredible this fireworks show was, so just watch our video & then believe me when I say it was the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen.
Want to Visit Taipei 101?
Hours: Monday – Sunday; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Students (12 – 17)
Children (Under 115 cm.)
You can buy tickets the day of, or reserve them online HERE.