Trip Start Apr 23, 2007
17Trip End May 17, 2007
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once at the top, you have a 360 view of the city of taipei. it just towers over everything else near by. the observation deck mainly shows how terrible the air quality in taipei is. you can hardly see 10-15 km away and the you can barely see the outline of the surroudning mountains near taipei
to me it's crazy to build a structure this tall in an earth quake prone area. i have experienced earth quakes in taipei years ago on the 14th floor and let me tell it's not funny and you think the building is going to collapse and you are going to die. i can't imagine what it's like to be on the 90+ floor when an earth quake hits. the building has a massive steel ball counter weight near the top as a motion damping machanism that they called tuned mass damper. it's for both windy days and earth quakes. the steel ball damper is also the biggest in the world. i have some experience with tuned mass dampers in my professional work but nothing like this scale.