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Old 18th July 2010, 12:41   #61
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One major thing i learnt was which are the tallest 10 buildings in the modern world. This was a showcase on the 87th floor of the Taipei 101.

Pardon me for the quality of the pictures. There was a very dim light plus i was shooting using a camera phone plus my near zero skills behind the camera. I tried to do some cropping + paste job.

082 Burj Dubai
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083 Taipei 101
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084 Shanghai world financial
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085 Kaulalumpur Petronas Towers
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086 Chicago Wills Tower
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087 Chicago Trump International Hotel & Tower
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088 Shanghai Jin Mao building
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089 Hongkong Two international financial center
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090 Guangzhou Citic Plaza
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091 Shenzhen Shun Hing Square
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Why people (read men) are fascinated by (and build) tallest structures ?

answer is simple: to show "mine is bigger than yours"

Tall structures throw in an opportunity to show the financial might, courage to defy the laws of nature, to demonstrate the power of design and execution, to provide an iconic identity to the place we live.

It is amazing to see Taiwan despite the frequent Typhoons and Earth Quakes has been able to design, construct and maintain world's second tallest structure. in fact it was the tallest for about 5+ years till the Burj Dubai came up.

i spent about 3 hours plus 2500 RS to explore the Taipei 101..coming up in the next posts.

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Old 18th July 2010, 13:25   #62
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Interesting. 4 out of 10 in China. Include Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia - 7 of them in East Asia.
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@arindam : 6 out of 10 in greater china, now HK is part of china and China still claims ownership of Taiwan anyway.


As per Wikipedia...

Taipei 101 is owned by Taipei Financial Center Corporation (TFCC), built at a cost of NT$ 58 Bn or 1.8BUS$ or ~RS 9000 crores, boasts 101 floors from the ground to the top and 5 floors under the ground.

It has been designed to withstand Typhoons and Earthquakes, Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 60 m/s (197 ft/s, 216 km/h, 134 mph) and the strongest earthquakes likely to occur in a 2,500 year cycle.
Architects are CY Lee and Partners, Thronton Tommasetti is the structural engineer. Samsung C&T - KTRT Joint venture is the building contractor.

Upon its completion Taipei 101 claimed the official records for:

* Ground to highest architectural structure (spire): 509.2 metres (1,671 ft). Previously held by the Petronas Towers 452 m (1,483 ft).
* Ground to roof: 449.2 m (1,474 ft). Formerly held by the Willis Tower 442 m (1,450 ft).
* Ground to highest occupied floor: 439.2 m (1,441 ft). Formerly held by the Willis Tower 412.4 m (1,353 ft).
* Fastest ascending elevator speed: 16.83 m/s (55.22 ft/s) (60.6 km/h, 37.7 mi/h).Now it has been succeeded by Burj Khalifa's elevator whose speed of ascending is 18m/s(64km/h).
* Largest countdown clock: Displayed on New Year's Eve.
* Tallest sundial.

Taipei 101 was the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height and the first record-setting skyscraper constructed in the new millennium.

092 Taipei 101 artists impression (download from wiki)
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093 Taipei 101 from a distance (download from www)
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094 Taipei 101 ..view from ground zero
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095 Taipei 101 ..another view by me
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096 Man always aspire the tallest thing and love to exist on the same ground
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097 The organization those have offices in Taipei 101, wanna work here ?
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098 Taipei 101 entry door, it has 4 entry doors in 4 directions
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099 Taipei 101 floor guide
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i first went to 85th floor for the fine dining restaurant, i had a dinner there several years ago, the lift for the 85th & 86th floor restaurants are different than the ones for the other floors.

i am attaching here some pictures taken from the 85th floor.

100-104 fantastic view from the 85th floor
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i could still capture the view at about 6.30 PM. i have increased the contrast (auto correct function) of the above 5 pictures using the editing software.

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Old 18th July 2010, 16:11   #64
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I never knew about the modern 7 wonders of this world, probably except one or two until i came to the 89th floor of Taipei 101. here they are..

105 wonder of size
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106 wonder of engineering
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107 wonder of construction
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108 wonder of the beauty
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109 wonder of speed
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110 wonder of the transportation
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111 wonder of height (probably not any longer)
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out of these 7, i have managed to experience two, shanghai train and Taipei 101. Indeed Taipei 101 deserves to be a modern wonder, how ?
let me give you some information in next posts.
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Old 18th July 2010, 16:34   #65
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Nice to see the wonders. And interestingly, I've seen the Falkirk wheel, the Big dig and the chunnel!

Interestingly, the Menara KL looks taller than Petronas. due to the mound on which it rests.
Petronas lost the tallest tower title to the taipei tower which inturn lost it to burj.
But petronas is still the tallest twin structure in the world.
Willis tower which figures in Stars list was earlier called sears tower. Still the tallest in US. But I prefer the views from Hancock tower which is just a stone's throw away from the sears tower.
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Thats a very nice piece of information. Let alone seeing any one of them, I had not even heard about few of them. Poor GK. I just wonder how workers would have constructed the top of the building! Must be scary.

BTW, I was just thinking whats the highest building in India? Dont even want to think to compare with any of them but just for GK.
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Travel advisory states that the lone female passengers to avoid taxi ride after late evening hours
Oh!!! Having given a great impression in the first few lines about their taxi systems, I was aching as why we don't have such system here. But the above line gives me a thought, people are the same everywhere.

Also I'm wondering as why most of the board are being compared to Brookyln bridge, Hoover dam, English channel, I93?

Also, what is Shangai to Pudong route doing in Taipei? That route is in China isn't it? I couldn't understand this point.

Eagerly waiting to read the wonders on Taipei 101.

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And interestingly, I've seen the Falkirk wheel, the Big dig and the chunnel!
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But petronas is still the tallest twin structure in the world.
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i for sure want to drive through the chunnel., probably in next couple of years.

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I just wonder how workers would have constructed the top of the building! Must be scary.

BTW, I was just thinking whats the highest building in India? Dont even want to think to compare with any of them but just for GK.
you may find the story of Taipei 101 construction in the discovery channel under mega structures.

Here is the list of the tallest buildings in India as well as the under construction buildings.

List of tallest buildings in India - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Also I'm wondering as why most of the board are being compared to Brookyln bridge, Hoover dam, English channel, I93?

Also, what is Shangai to Pudong route doing in Taipei? That route is in China isn't it? I couldn't understand this point.
These details about other wonders have been showcased on the 89th floor along with the details of Taipei 101. It is just to give a perspective to the visitor.

moving forward with the story...

I once again came down to lobby floor from the 85th floor, then i found the side which leads to the 89th floor observatory. It is on the 5th floor. I bought the ticket for 400 NT$ and joined the queue.

112 everyone is photographed. one can get the photographs morphed with Taipei 101. This is also an good way of managing security and identifying the visitors. There is no obligation to buy the photograph.
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113 while waiting for the lift one's photograph appears on the LCD screen, if you do not like the photographs, one can go back and get snapped again. one is given a token number as ID.
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114 the Toshiba lift is one of the fastest in the world. it takes about 45 seconds to the 89th floor (from 5th floor)
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115 some details about the lift
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116 a replica of the lift is showcased on the 89the floor with all the technical, safety details which i omitted here
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117 Stand Tall and See Taiwan is the welcome message (be proud)
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118 Taipei 101 architecture is based on simple and humble Bamboo, which withstands the heavy rains, winds, floods etc.
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119 all the displays are marked, one is given a assistant guide. one has to go to the display and press the number and listen to the description. the language options are 4 listed apart form Taiwanese and Mandarin
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120 Taipei 101 held lot many records, many of them have now been broken by Burj Dubai
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121 Making of Taipei 101
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122 more about making of Taipei 101
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123 Taipei 101 security, safety, communication systems.
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124 there is a 5 minutes video show on making of Taipei 101
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125 - 132 views from the 89th floor
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View is breath taking, my photographs do not do justice to the view at all

how small a human being is when looked from the top was the though riding my mind when i shot these pictures.

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I saw videos of construction of most of the towers I visited in their tower visitor complex itself. Those people are the most threatened species in the world.
The video showed one thing. Where will you tie yourself up while on those kinds of high rise beams etc? There's simply nothing above to hasten yourself to!
It was chilling to see people walking on the beams with little or no harness at those heights. Ofcourse these were over 2 decades back. Now the scenario might have changed. These towers also have plaques showing how many people lost their lives building it.

@starvega. You can't drive through the chunnel. You will have to drive your car in to a train at Dover which takes you across the channel in the chunnel and you drive out from Calais, on the opposite side of the road!
The train rides the chunnel. When I go home, I shall post a photo of how the train looks which takes in all the other vehicles.
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You can do passenger train through the chunnel too. It really is amazing to be in Paris three hours after leaving London.
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@starvega. You can't drive through the chunnel. You will have to drive your car in to a train at Dover which takes you across the channel in the chunnel and you drive out from Calais, on the opposite side of the road!
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You can do passenger train through the chunnel too. It really is amazing to be in Paris three hours after leaving London.
Thanks MX6, Thad, Now i remember, this is the Eurostar train right ?
i have traveled by the similar train (Thalis) between Amsterdam and Paris
i am sure it is a must do during the europe back pack trip.

now moving with the story...

Taipei 101 hosts the world's largest wind damper

133 What is a Wind Damper : it is approx 3 floors big suspended ball
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134 How does it look like ?
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135 what is the need for a damper ?
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136 How a damper works ?
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137 how is it fastened ?
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138 take a closer look at the big ball
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139 take a closer look at the ropes
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140 have a look at the world record
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It is said that the wind damper sports 4 different moods.

141 Cool Black
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142 Lucky Red
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143 Smart Silver
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144 Rich Gold
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coming up next... the highest accessible floor for visitors..91st floor
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Excellent pics. Being the largest manufacturer of electronic components, the city itself looks like a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) from atop Taipei 101.
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Tremendous information there Star. I just browsed through, but will have to take another look at it in slow motion to grasp the details. Nice pics. Views from the 85th and 89th floor, specially the night shots, are very impressive.

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Wonderful information. Very exhaustive. Never knew about the damper concept. Thanks to you that I am more knowledgeable.

The night shots are good. Is there some special area to see the damper? Is there a ticket for it?

You mentioned before you spent 2500RS to explore the building. Was that the expenditure on personnel purchases or something else?
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Excellent pics. Being the largest manufacturer of electronic components, the city itself looks like a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) from atop Taipei 101.
Very well said Vasoo. I had the same opinion!
What is so surprising is to go through their story about their rise to this level, from scratch.
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