Taipei

The last three nights we spent in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. We stayed in:

Hotel Eclat Taipei – Small Luxury Hotels of The World *****

http://www.eclathotels.com/taipei/default-en.html

In Taipei we of course, as the ladies should, did the obligatory shopping, therefore lots of walking was included.

TIP! In Taipei you should buy this metro card that you can travel with as much as you can. It´s going to be much cheaper than when you buy all the metro trips separately.

We also visited Taipei 101, which left me quite an impression.

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. Taipei 101 was designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture. The construction was finished in 2004. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year’s Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.

Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition. Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of stores, restaurants and clubs.

Upon its completion Taipei 101 claimed the official records for:

  • Ground to highest architectural structure (spire): 508 m (1,667 ft). Previously held by the Petronas Towers 451.9 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: 438 m (1,437 ft). Formerly held by the Willis Tower 412.4 m (1,353 ft).
  • Fastest ascending elevator speed: designed to be 1,010 meters per minute, which is 16.83 m/s (55.22 ft/s) (60.6 kilometres per hour (37.7 mph)).
  • Largest countdown clock: Displayed on New Year’s Eve.
  • Tallest sundial.

The 101 in the name refers to the number of floors, as well as the idea of renewal. It´s 101, because it´s more than 100%, it´s perfect; it also represents the new year, which occurs on 1/01.

 By the way, Taipei 101 is the only building in the world, where you could see it´s dumper. You know, the thing that is really, really big and that holds the tower straight with the typhoons and the string wind.

Also, in Taipei 101 there is this restaurant, that is really cool and that has the best food ever. The chef makes all the food just in front of you.

We also went to the love temple of Xing tian. The one we went to is the most visited temple in the city. This temple is from the year 1967 and it is a big building that is like a wall with a courtyard inside it. Lots of people go there and leave sacrifices like food and stuff like that. We gave incenses. Did you know that with these incenses the priests purify people? These priests are usually women, that work for free in the temples. Also you can go and try to ask the temple to tell you your fortune. This you can do by throwing oracle stones in the ground and the way the stones fall predict you something you have asked.

We didn´t do much more in Taipei, I don´t know where the time went. 🙂 At the airport we got together with the daughter of my sister and we started our way back home. Our transfer flight went from Hong Kong. We, as usual, were the last ones to board the plane. I just want to spend as much time out of the plane as possible. 🙂 Finally it was our time to board, but there was something wrong with our tickets.

 First of all I have to tell you, I ALWAYS have to have the window seat, I just cannot be on a plane when I have to sit in the middle or in an aisle seat. But the staff told that they had to switch our seats, because of the overbooking or sth like that. I immediately looked at the ticket and saw that my seat is not a window seat, I was starting to get really angry and was complaining a bit and asked them to see if they have a window seat, because I ALWAYS book myself a window seat. They told that no, they don´t have any, so I complained and complained, till the attendant got angry and hissed, that she gave me a First Class seat, like come on, stop it and get on the plane!

After that, I had this really stupid face on and I think it turned all red and I was really embarrassed and I was like, oh my god, I love it, thank you, thank you, thank you. But this was all in my head, because I was a bit shocked and my mouth wouldn´t move. The whole way to the plane I was like, no, this is not possible. 🙂 Basically, I think the woman so hates me and thinks that I´m a real jerk, which I really was. But if in some miracle she reads it, thank you!!!!! That was so cool!!! I have never travelled in First Class before!!!

 I´ve been trying to collect the miles so that someday I´ll get to travel in First Class in a long haul. But every time I´m about to get the right amount of miles, they are about to expire. So the same thing happened before my trip to Taiwan, with my broken heart, again, I bought vouchers for Finnair shop. Yep, we often travel with Finnair. 🙂 So after buying the vouchers for the miles that are about to be expired, I thought that, why, why is life so unfair. OK, OK, it´s an exaggeration, but let me have that moment now. 🙂 Now you can see why I´m so happy that I actually finally got to fly in First Class!!!

 

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