“Aku mendongak melihat puncaknya yang menghilang di atas ketinggian awan. Ketika tetes hujan di akhir hari itu jatuh di wajahku, aku memuji kebesaran Allah SWT yang mengizinkan manusia menciptakan keindahan ketinggian gedung pencakar langit.”
It was stormy cloudy week in Taipei, Taiwan in the end of August. I planned to spend my last day in Taipei for something “very-Taiwan-thing”, after participating Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations 2012 in Taipei on August 24-28, 2012 . And I know what I dreamed of: TAIPEI 101, the tallest building in Asia (509 m/1483 ft), right after Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. If France has Eiffel Tower, as her magnificent national landmark, TAIPEI 101 serves the same way for Taiwan. It is national pride, and a magnet for millions of people ever visiting Taiwan, including my deep heart. I had put this picture below for the last three months before my departure to Taiwan is confirmed, as a prayer that someday I will witness this wonder personally. And I had a blissful chance to experience it with my best-room-and-travel-mate: Alam, Tyas, Elda, all of them from Universitas Indonesia.
So, on that misty evening, we went back to Taipei after having lunch in toilet-decorated restaurant in Ximending, the fashion district in Taipei. The peak of the structure was so tall that it was invisible at the height of cloud.
The first floors of the building were sophisticated shopping mall, in where international brands like Prada, Gucci, and Miu Miu found a home. We went up to 5th Floor where we purchased a ticket (400 NTD = ) and mounted a lift that took us to the observatory deck in 89th floor in only 29 seconds! Apparently, this is the fastest, tallest lift in the world!
Imagine looking at the window as your plane took of from the airport and climbed the sky, and the buildings on the ground seemed dwarfed. This is actually what you can expect to see from the TAIPEI 101 observatory deck, beside the magnificent landscape of Taipei in front of your eyes. It was evening, and I saw the beautiful lights of fast-paced city.
Two things that made me conclude that Taipei is a very romantic city. First, I was able to send a postcard “from-the-sky” right at the top of TAIPEI 101 with specialized mailbox for “LOVER”, “FAMILY”, or “FRIEND”. I decided to send a 3D postcard back home to Cirebon. Second, there was a L-O-V-E installation on the garden around TAIPEI 101 main entrance. See my pictures there!Tags: Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations, Taipei, Taipei 101, Taiwan