Theme Week Taiwan

21 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  60 minutes

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Its neighbors include the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.   read more…

Taipei 101, second tallest building of the world

2 April 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Green Buildings, Green Technologies, Intelligent Buildings Reading Time:  7 minutes

Taipei 101 - New Year's fireworks 2008 © Ukyo Hsieh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Taipei 101 – New Year’s fireworks 2008 © Ukyo Hsieh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District in Taipei. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. Taipei 101 was designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture. The construction was finished in 2004. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year’s Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.   read more…

Taipei, capital of Taiwan

15 February 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Office of the President © Jiang

Office of the President © Jiang

Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital of Taiwan. Situated at the northern tip of Taiwan, Taipei is located on the Tamsui River; it is about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of Keelung, a port city on the Pacific Ocean. It lies in the Taipei Basin, an ancient lakebed bounded by the two relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city’s western border. The city proper is home to an estimated 2,619,000 people. Taipei, New Taipei, and Keelung together form the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area with a population of 6,900,000. They are administered under three municipal governing bodies. “Taipei” sometimes refers to the whole metropolitan area, while “Taipei City” refers to the city proper. Taipei City proper is surrounded on all sides by New Taipei.   read more…

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