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Fastest Elevators of the World in Taipei 101

Taipei 101 is a milestone skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is also known as the Taipei Financial Center. The skyscraper was officially the tallest building until the opening of the Burj Khalifa on the 4th of January 2010. The building was the world’s tallest (with occupiable floors) until it was surpassed in height by the Burj Khalifa on July 21, 2007.

Besides its sheer height, there are a few other interesting elements to Taipei 101 that make it unique. One of these is the elevators, which are claimed to be the fastest in the world. Featuring an aerodynamic spoiler system and a pressurized cabin (to prevent your ears from ‘aaaaarrrrrghhhhhh’ sound), the elevator makes the trip up to the 89th floor observation deck in just over 30 seconds, reaching a top speed of about 38mph (that's around 55 ft/s, or 1010m/min as the signage indicates).
  Fastest Elevators of the World in Taipei 101

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