How to Visit Taipei 101: Everything Tourists Should Know

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Taipei 101 stands at 1666 feet tall and is the tallest green building in the world. Does that make you want to visit this extravagant building?

If so, that’s awesome. But you’ll want to know everything you can about Taipei 101 before exploring this skyscraper.

Summary:

Book your tickets online or buy them from the 5th floor of the mall inside of Taipei 101’s mall. Afterward, the staff will escort you to the elevator. To reach Taipei 101, you can take the Taipei Red Line to Taipei 101 Station.

Throughout this guide, you’ll learn how to visit Taipei 101, some interesting things to see while you’re there, and fun facts about Taiwan’s tallest building.

Why Should You Visit Taipei 101?

A video of Taipei from the top of Taipei 101

When I first came to Taiwan and saw the massive tower in Taipei’s Xinyi District I told myself “I want to go to the top of that tower.” A couple years later, I found myself at the top—overlooking Taipei and New Taipei cities.

It was an amazing sight to behold, and the experience in itself comes with plenty of stories to tell.

Anyway, there’s plenty of stuff to do here, and you get your money’s worth when visiting. With that said, I don’t think there’s anything else I can say other than to keep reading to learn more.

How to Visit Taipei 101: 89th Floor Observatory #

Taipei’s observatory is on the 89th floor. You’ll only need to pay NT$300 ($10) for a ticket. You can buy this ticket online or on the 5th floor of Taipei 101’s shopping mall.

When it’s time for you to take the elevator to the 89th floor, you’ll make your way to the 5th floor and wait for the staff to take you there.

After you ride the lightning-fast elevator, you can roam around the observation deck.

How to Visit the Top Floor of Taipei 101 #

taipei 101 skyline sign
Taipei 101 Skyline 460

If you want to visit the top floor of Taipei 101 or the Skyline 460 observation deck, you’ll need to pay NT$1000–3000 ($30–100) for a ticket.

If you use a travel deals website, I’m sure that you’ll find a deal.

Once you order your ticket and are ready, you’ll have to wait in line until your tour guide is ready to take everyone to the top. From there, you will ride a series of elevators—I say “series” because you will need to transfer a couple times.

As you almost reach the top, which was the 100th floor, you’ll have to put on straps to prevent yourself from falling off the building.

Once everyone has their gear on, the tour guide will take you to the rooftop. The security guard waiting at the top will connect the carabiners on your straps to you to some ropes attached to the top of the building.

The one downside to the tether that you’ll have while on the rooftop is that you can’t freely move around. That’s because you have the people ahead of you blocking. However, being safe beats falling into oblivion.

Anyway, you’ll have plenty of chances to explore the rooftop, take photos, and experience Taiwan.

The Skyline tickets also include a photo shoot. You can set yourself up on the corner of the rooftop and the staff will snap a photo of you. Later on, the staff will send you the photos via email.

They used to print the photo; however, now they only deliver them through email.

Once you’re done with being on the roof, you can check out floors 88, 89, and 91 as you please.

When you’re ready to leave, let someone on the 89th floor know and they’ll escort you to the lobby.

Taipei 101 Facts

Quick facts:

  • Phone number: +886-281-018-800
  • Website: taipei-101.com.tw
  • Address:
    • English: ​​No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110 (directions)
    • Chinese: 110台北市信義區信義路五段7號
  • Hours: Sunday–Thursday (11 AM–9:30 P.M.) Friday and Saturday (11 AM–10 P.M.)

I recommend showing the Chinese address to a taxi driver if that’s how you decide to get to 101.

A Brief History of Taiwan’s Taipei 101

Taipei 101, which was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, was a project led by Harace Lin and other corporations in 1997. From there, the Samsung C&T Corporation and various contractors worked hard and quickly constructed this massive building.

Then came December 31, 2004, when it presented a massive fireworks display to celebrate the building’s opening. From there, it held the crown as the world’s tallest building until 2009, when the Burj Khalifa took its place.

It holds the rank as being the 10th tallest building in the world.

Design Choices

A view of Taipei 101’s various design choices

There’s a lot of thought that went into the building’s design. For starters, the eight segments represent a gargantuan bamboo stalk towering over Taiwan. The number eight symbolizes “prosperity” in Eastern culture.

The disks mounted on the building represent ancient gold coins.

And finally, the curled ruyi figures throughout the structure represent heavenly clouds.

At night you’ll see a different color illuminating the top of the tower. The following are what days correlate with the varying colors you’ll see at the top of Taipei’s massive tower:

  • Monday: red
  • Tuesday: orange
  • Wednesday: yellow
  • Thursday: green
  • Friday: blue
  • Saturday: indigo
  • Sunday: violet

There are a lot more interesting design choices that went into building Taipei 101, but I want to cover another marvel that this tower contains.

It Has One of the World’s Fastest Elevators

Taiwan’s landmark’s elevator can reach speeds up to 37.7 miles (61 kilometers) per hour, which makes it one of the quickest lifts out there.

The elevator can take you from the 5th to the 89th floor in around 37 seconds.

Taipei 101 Damper: How It Works #

taipei 101 mass damper
Taipei 101 mass damper

Taipei 101’s tuned mass damper, seismic damper, or harmonic absorber. It’s a massive golden ball suspended by eight cables toward the tip of Taipei World Financial Center.

It produces a reaction force to counter vibrations or shocks from the outside. So, the tuned mass damper will prevent the landmark from swaying during an earthquake or typhoon.

What’s There To Do at Taipei 101? #

When first arriving at the plaza outside of Taipei 101, you’ll find a lot of public art pieces and protestors. If you arrive around December, you’ll find many Christmas decorations and light displays to take photos of.

By the way, there aren’t usually many protestors, plus they’re peaceful.

Now you can go underground, where you’ll find a food court, Taiwan’s famous Din Tai Fung restaurant, and plenty of shops. Or, you can enter on the ground floor and enter one of two places—the mall or the lobby.

The lobby is where you want to queue for going to the secret 35th floor Starbucks.

If you want to know more about the world’s highest Starbucks, read my guide on how to visit this unique coffee store location.

Whereas, the luxury mall has 7 floors, which also includes the food court. If you want to visit the 89th-floor Observatory or the Skyline—the top of Taipei 101—then you will want to navigate through the mall.

Observatory

If you visit the observatory, you can explore the various exhibits that display Taiwan’s technical prowess. For instance, sometimes you’ll find augmented reality or flower displays.

Otherwise, you can visit the gift shops, cafes, and get a breathtaking view of Taipei without having to shell out the extra money to visit the top of the tower.

Once you’re bored, or if you’re eager to explore, check out the seismic damper. It’s on the 87th floor.

Skyline 460

This is the top of Taipei 101, which puts you outside and in view of most of Taipei and New Taipei cities.

There’s not too much to do in this spot other than to relax (or panic) and gaze at the bustling concrete jungle below. However, once you’re done, you can explore the 89th-floor observatory and the tuned mass damper.

Fireworks Show

Every December 31st, Taipei 101 will host a massive firework show once the clock strikes midnight.

Before the fireworks begin, you can explore the various food stalls throughout Xinyi and gaze at the advertisements covering the side of Taipei 101.

Once it’s midnight, the building will erupt into colors and smoke. If you want a great view of the fireworks, you can surround yourself with locals and see them up close. Or, if you want to see Taipei 101’s fireworks from afar, you can visit Maokong Mountain and also avoid the massive MRT congestion after the fireworks.

If you have money, you could visit a nearby club or restaurant and view the light show in style.

5 Things To Do Near Taipei 101 #

You’re likely not going to spend all day and night here. This means that you’ll want to find something to do that’s close by. Fortunately, you have plenty of choices like:

  1. Tonghua Night Market: a famous night market nearby Xinyi that offers various dishes to try—I recommend the Iced and Hot Tangyuan
  2. Din Tai Fung: a famous restaurant in Taiwan that’s famous for its soup dumplings
  3. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall: a popular building to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat Sen
  4. Elephant Mountain: a 20-minute hike that’ll give you a breathtaking view of Taiwan
  5. Xinyi Shopping District: upscale malls, cinemas, and more to satisfy your shopping needs

How To Get to Taipei 101: Different Transportation Options #

Now that you have a better idea of whether you want to go to one of the world’s tallest buildings, you’ll need to know how to get there.

Throughout this section, you’ll find the various modes of transportation to reach the entrance of Taiwan’s massive tower.

Ride the Taipei MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)

When heading to Taiwan’s landmark, take the Taipei Metro Red Line to Taipei 101 World Trade Center Station. Once you depart from the MRT station, you’ll be outside of the monument.

Conversely, you can take the Blue Line to Taipei City Hall station and leave through Exit 2.

It’ll take you about 10 minutes to walk to the Taipei Financial Center from here. But you can also explore the malls throughout Xinyi if you have extra time to spend.

The cost to get to the Taipei World Financial Center or Taipei City Hall by using the subway, it’ll cost you between NTD$20–$60 (between $0.71 and $2.15). Moreover, it can take you two to 40 minutes. The latter time depends on whether you’re coming from the opposite side of New Taipei City (Tamsui).

Learn more about Taipei’s metro system

Use the Taipei Joint Bus System

It’s the public bus system that serves Taipei.

To use this mode of transportation to reach Taipei 101, I recommend taking bus 1815 if you’re by Taipei Main station.

Otherwise, take any route that leads or connects to Xinyi Administrative Center, Hotel Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taipei City Hall, or the World Trade Center station.

Before taking this bus, you’ll want to download the Bus+ app by using one of these links:

If you prefer touring the entire city, you can take the Taipei Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus. It departs from Taipei Main Station (Exit M4) and will cruise around most of the city. They have friendly tour guides and offer English tour guide headsets.

Hail a Taxi or Request an Uber

If you prefer using Uber or don’t want to deal with hailing a taxi, you can download the app or first use the rideshare program’s price estimator.

However, if you want to take a taxi, just hail one that’s approaching and show them Taipei 101’s address. Afterward, pay attention to the meter and pay them when the ride’s over.

If you don’t want to try to grab a driver’s attention, you can call one of these numbers:

  • 55850: ask for a cab in English and the operator should connect you to someone
  • 27997997: English-Speaking Drivers’ Association

Walk

Taipei is a walkable city. Therefore, if you want to get some exercise, you can reach Taipei 101 on foot.

Rent a Bike and Cycle There

If you don’t feel like walking and want to get some exercise, you can rent a YouBike and cruise through Taipei.

Taiwan’s bicycle rental service doesn’t cost much. To rent a bike, all that you’ll need is an EasyCard and NT$10 per 30 minutes for the first several hours. However, you will need to register your EasyCard to use Taiwan’s YouBike service.

Here’s a map of all of the YouBike stations around Taipei 101:

If you can’t register for a YouBike, you can always find other local bicycle rental services.

Frequently Asked Questions About Taipei 101

Still curious about Taipei 101? Explore some of these frequently asked questions about Taiwan’s capital city’s monument.

What Is Taipei 101 Used For?

The lowest parts of Taipei 101—floors 1–7–are used as a luxury shopping mall. Whereas, floors 88–91 serve as a public observatory. Renters use the rest of the floors for office space.

What Is Taipei 101’s Pendulum Weight?

Taipei 101’s mass damper weighs 660 metric tons. Moreover, the massive steel sphere is 18-feet (5.4 meters) in diameter.

How Much Did Taipei 101 Cost To Build?

Taipei 101 costs close to $1.8 billion to build, which puts it near the top of the list of the most expensive buildings on Earth.

Is Taipei 101 Worth Visiting?

Absolutely. It’s one of the world’s tallest buildings, you won’t have to pay a fortune to visit, and you’ll form plenty of memories when visiting. Taiwan’s tallest building is worth a day trip and should be a part of anyone’s itinerary.

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