The View From The Hotel


Here’s a picture of the view from my suite at my hotel. I’m on the top floor of the 12 story building, which is nothing compared to the Taipei 101 in the distance. Taipei must have the strangest skyline of any city in the world. If you were to graph it out, it would be a flat line, then one really tall spike, then a flat line again. What kind of city, besides Taipei, designs their skyline like that?

34 thoughts on “The View From The Hotel”

  1. Jamie Harrop says:

    “What kind of city, besides Taipei, designs their skyline like that?”

    An evolving city. 🙂 I’m sure New York and Chicago were once like that. There always has to be the first skyscraper. 🙂

    1. Kumiko says:

      Whenever you’ve got the tallest building in the world, it’s always going to appear like a big spike!

      1. Isn’t there an on-going debate about Taipe101 not being the tallest building, but simply the tallest man-made structure or something like that?

        1. John Chow says:

          The Taipei 101 is officially the world’s tallest building. At least until that 2,900 feet building in the UE is completed.

  2. Wow..A little country like Taiwan can build an incredible skyscraper like that….impressive.

  3. The look of that skyscraper is interesting… chinese elements with western coldness… keep us posted on the food, too!

    1. oh yeah i didn’t notice it before. The building has oriental design

      1. Ankur says:

        Good observation Arjun!

  4. Ankur says:

    Quite good, not what i expected though.

  5. Thanks for that, what really bothers me is the hostilities between the two Chinas.

    It is the tourists who bear the burden of the frosty immigration situation between them.

    1. Ankur says:

      Nah, it ritualistic in *most* countries

  6. Josh Buckley says:

    that’s one big building

  7. Steven says:

    Add more pictures John. =]

  8. Lance says:

    it is strange like only one bamboo grow in the middle of the city. 😎

  9. Rhys says:

    What an odd skyline! Obviously the city is growing as the skyscraper looks far more modern than the buildings around it 🙂

    1. Ankur says:

      Yeah, but i thought it would be having plenty of modern skyscrapers. Thats what BBC tell you 🙄

    2. Definitely. Give it a few years more, I’m pretty sure that skyline’s going to get a whole lot busy.

  10. I love the oriental feel to the building!

    Lots of cities around me are like that… On the Gold Coast they are planning (or maybe they built it already – I live half an hour away and never go!) a gigantic building. Not sure how big it is, but significantly bigger than the other buildings there.

  11. can’t wait to see more pictures!

  12. Wahlau.NET says:

    it is like a modern building in the middle of no where

  13. It does seem a bit odd to have just one large building be constructed there.. Must look interesting form the plane hehe.

  14. It’s far from the only tall building in the city. Many buildings are over 20 or 30 stories. It’s just it’s so much taller. Space isn’t so much of a premium in Taipei that the ONLY way to build is up. Also, the type of city zoning is quite different: many areas have residential, commercial and industrial areas within close proximity. This is NOT a typical western city by any means.

  15. Casey says:

    That is one TALL building! I would hate to be on the top floor…yikes.

  16. Bryan Le says:

    It looks like a bunch of Chinese Take Out boxes stacked on top of one another.


  17. HM.. it is very tall building…
    I won’t go there,,..
    scared of height….
    he he heh….

  18. liche says:

    John, just in case you do not know Taipei 101 visitor info.
    ( of course you can google it)

    and some beautiful wall paper of Taipei 101

  19. James says:

    It’s been more than 10yrs since I last went to taipei and I definitely don’t recall that ‘thing’ sticking out like that 🙂

  20. I’d love to see a King Kong movie scene at the top of that tower!

  21. tofutofu says:

    I have been on the top floor, it’s amazing!!
    The reason there are no other tall buildings around because it’s right in the way of a local airport incoming or departing route. When they build 101, they have to change the route that airplanes use to land or depart. and also, Taiwan has earthquack, not like Hong Kong where has no earthquack at all so they can build as tall as they want.

    have fun in Taiwan, enjoy the convention as of course, the Food!

  22. Anthony C says:

    Sounds like someone whos gonna die with the line thing…

  23. Michael says:

    amazing view, and that building really is huge!

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