Constructed in five years

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Still my favorite skyscraper even though it no longer holds the record for being the tallest. I love everything about Taipei 101 -- from the symbolism to the green design to the steel pendulum that acts as a tuned mass damper to absorb vibrations caused by tremors, Taiwan being in an earthquake belt. I've seen that pendulum up close and I tried to take photos but I had the … [Read more...]

The sun sets over Taipei

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After an afternoon at Taipei 101, we set out on the three-and-a-half hour drive to the Sun Moon Lake in Central Taiwan. Where we were exactly when the sun set, I have no idea. The photos were taken through the window of the bus. … [Read more...]

The China Airlines headquarters

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Almost as soon as the plane landed, we were taken to the China Airlines Headquarters for a tour. These are some of the photos I took during the two-hour tour of the China Airlines Headquarters where "hands-on training" gains a new meaning. They have actual models of parts of a plane from doors to passenger area to kitchen. There is even a make-up room where stewardesses … [Read more...]