Alone in the crowd

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  • Taiwan’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101, stands strangely alone as only skyscraper in Taipei. It was the world’s tallest building from 2004 until 2010 when the Burj Khalifa in Dubai reached further into the sky. Its singularity does rather make it feel like a flagpole as if Taiwan built it in order to be noticed by the rest of the world.

    This picture isn’t likely to win any awards. It’s not at all original and as I took it there were photographers either side of me snapping the very same picture. It was taken from the top of Elephant Mountain which overlooks the city and offers hikers, who puff and pant their way up to the peak, one of the best views of Taipei.

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