At the TOP of Taipei 101 Observatory – Taiwan Food and Travel Guide (Day 4)



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Probably one of the most famous things to do in Taipei is go to the Taipei 101, which is the tallest and most iconic building in the city. On the first few floors of the Taipei 101 is a luxury mall, but the most popular attraction is the Taipei 101 Observatory, which is located on the 89th and 91st floors. The entrance price is a pretty steep cost of 500 Taiwan Dollars, but it’s a popular thing to do and I wanted to check it out during out trip. We arrived in the morning, right after they opened at about 9 am, bought our tickets, and went to the elevator to go to the top of the building. The elevator ride, which they claim is the fastest elevator in the world, was quite amazingly fast. It felt like it only took about 10 seconds but in reality it actually took about 40 seconds – but to get to the 89th floor, it was still incredibly fast. Once at the top, it was mostly just an observatory set up specifically for tourists, but still worth it for the amazing views of Taipei city and the surrounding mountains.

After going to the Taipei 101 Observatory, we came down, and there happens to be a branch of Din Tai Fung, the famous Taiwanese soup dumplings restaurant at the Taipei 101. Luckily we arrived quite early when the restaurant wasn’t too busy, so we happen to get seats easily for lunch. I made a separate full video about eating at Din Tai Fung, which I’ll post later.

After lunch, since were were still near the Taipei 101, we decided to go to Elephant Hill, a mountain near Taipei 101 where there are some hiking and nature trails. After figuring out which trail to take, we took a staircase trail, which was well marked out to Elephant Hill. The walk didn’t take more than about 20 minutes, and once we arrived at the Elephant Hill lookout point, we could see the entire skyline of Taipei, but a much different perspective of Taipei from the Taipei 101 Observatory. It was good to see and I enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere and the different perspective of the skyline from the mountain. I would highly recommend going to Elephant Hill when you’re in Taipei.

Next, we rushed off to the Taipei Zoo, one of the largest and most developed zoos in Asia. The price was only 60 TWD, and it was very nice to just spend some time walking around and enjoying both the animals and the impressively lush and tropical zoo grounds. I think the Taipei zoo is one of the great things to do if you have kids, or even you can go just to walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. After the Taipei zoo, we wanted to go to the Maokong Gondola, but due to stormy weather, the Gondola closed, so we had to change our plans.

From the Taipei Zoo, we headed back to the Dongmen area and had a snack of a famous Taiwanese shaved ice, and then we had dinner at a local restaurant.

That was it for Day 4 in Taiwan – pretty cool to have a chance to visit the Taipei 101 Observatory.

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35 Replies to “At the TOP of Taipei 101 Observatory – Taiwan Food and Travel Guide (Day 4)”

  1. ricecakejohnson

    $1.92 for a Zoo ticket??? I took my daughter to the Zoo not to long ago here in Florida and the tickets were $25.00 each! Worst thing is the zoo we went to is way smaller, and we paid way more money…..smh.

  2. Kim Bloomfield

    Can't get enough of watching your videos, love it how your facials is so honest about the food you eat, all the best to you and your wife and to many more countries you still have in your bucket list to visit and to taste all the great food…

  3. Piggy Oink Oink

    The skyline of Taipei was messed up when they added some extra skyscrapers to the mix …Taipei 101 looked really impressive standing on its own but they rivaled it with other tall buildings 🙁

  4. Amelia Potenciano

    Hi Mark I love watching your videos coz it is educational and very informative. Watching you tack your food is very amusing. Hi to your pretty wife Ying and Baby Micah. I'm in U.K.

  5. CaribbeanCutie

    ITS TOO BAD THAT YOU DONT TALK ALOT ABOUT THE PPL EN THE CULTURE…. IN NONE OF YOUR VIDEO'S I SAW A PIECE OF PAPER IN THE STREETS? OMG EVEN IN THE ZOO IT WAS SO CLEAN EVERYWHERE….

  6. Bill Miller

    Fabulous, Mark! Going with my girlfriend, Bangkok to Taiwan for one week at the end of April.
    We were wondering how to choose where to go, and it looks like there is plenty of interesting "stuff" right there in Taipei.

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