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 wrong lens attached to the camera. It was so massive that I should have had a super wide angle lens.
The Olympic torch won’t pass through Taipei. The announcement in the official website of the Beijing Olympics places the blame on Taipei, saying that “the Taiwan authorities violated the stipulations of the Olympic Charter, flagrantly making the torch relay in Taipei a political issue.” More specifically, it’s about the “unreasonable request that the torch relay should go in and outside of Taipei through a ‘third country,’ unilaterally changing the route of the torch relay in and out of Taipei, refusing to accept the torch relay route approved by IOC.”
China View says pretty much the same thing which shouldn’t be surprising.
Changing the route of the Olympic torch might seem unreasonable but taking the history of China and Taiwan into consideration, there’s more than meets the eye.
Monsters and Critics has the details on why Taipei refused to be part of the Olympic torch run.
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 are taught to apply their make-up.
China Airlines building
From the China Airlines Headquarters, a view of Taipei 101
Model planes at the exhibit area
Demonstrating how to open an airplane door
Where flight attendants learn to operate a plane’s kitchen
The art of putting on face make-up (yeah, they have a make-up room and they get make-up classes)