Standing tall at 508 meters in Taipei City’s Xinyi District, Taipei 101 has always been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taipei. The Taipei 101 Observatory on the 89th floor is the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of Taipei City’s urban landscape. But, did you know that, other than seeing the beautiful scenery at the observatory, you also get to see Taipei 101’s silhouette projected onto Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain)?
Taipei 101 Observatory ticket counter is located on the 5th floor of the Taipei 101 building. Once you’ve purchased your ticket, take the high-speed elevator and soar up to the 89th floor! In this short 37 seconds ride, don’t forget to look up to the elevator ceiling and enjoy its beautiful and mystical starry decoration!
The indoor observatory on the 89th floor has a 360 degree, panoramic view. You can enjoy seeing every angle of Taipei through the tall glass windows and take it all in. Don’t forget to look for Taipei 101’s shadow projected on Xiangshan during sunset! It’s a great opportunity to capture it not only with your eyes but also with your camera! (Since Taipei 101 is so tall, it’s a very rare chance to take a picture of the full length of its shadow!)
After saying goodbye to sunlight, a night view of the city flooded with neon lights is also a great scene!
If the weather’s nice, you can head up two more stories to the 91st floor outdoor observatory deck. Without that piece of glass in between you and the panoramic view of Taipei, everything seems even more grand. (Please see daily notices on the opening hours for the 91st floor observatory.)
Other than the panoramic view of Taipei, another special scene you get to see at Taipei Observatory is the world’s largest wind damper on the 88th floor. You can say that this is the heart of Taipei 101, protecting this massive skyscraper with its wind and earthquake prevention structure. Lastly, for a perfect ending to this high trip, before leaving Taipei 101, don’t forget to visit the gift shop and look for some special products.