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Top floor of Taipei 101 opens to the public

2019/06/13 22:03:54

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Taipei, June 13 (CNA) The observation deck on the top floor of Taiwan's iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper will open to the public for the first time from Friday, with all reservations to be made online, the building's management team said Thursday.

According to Taipei 101, reservations will enjoy a 10 percent discount if booked before the end of June.

Liu Chia-hao (劉家豪), Chief Operating Officer of Taipei 101, said Thursday at a press conference that the top floor used to only be open to VIPs such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hollywood actor Will Smith.

However, as the observation deck can only accommodate 12 people at a time, only three groups of 12 people will be granted access a day, each time for 40 minutes, with tickets costing NT$3,000 (US$95), Taipei 101 said.

To reach the top floor observation deck, Liu said, visitors have to first take an elevator to the observation deck on the 89th floor, then take another elevator and stairs.

The 508-meter-tall Taipei 101 has 101 stories above ground and 5 stories below.

With the decline in Chinese tourist numbers in recent years, the building has seen a decrease in visitors since 2015, Taipei 101 said in a press release. However, since February this year, tourism seems to be growing again, with an increase in visitors from South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Taipei 101 president Angela Chang (張振亞) said it is estimated that opening the top floor to the public will increase tourist numbers by 5 percent.

According to Taipei 101, revenue increased by 11 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period of last year.

The number of tourists who visited the observation deck on the 89th floor in the first five months of 2019 edged up 4-5 percent year-on-year to 90,554, Taipei 101 said, adding that the number of Chinese tourists also increased during that period.

In addition, an area on the 5th floor will be equipped with a 20-meter wide projection screen, showing natural landscapes from around Taiwan, Taipei 101 said.

Exhibitions will also be held on the 89th floor observation deck, it added.

(By Liu Lee-jun and Chung Yu-chen)