A unique summer program that allowed campers to spend a night near the top of the iconic Taipei 101 building has concluded successfully, after some 800 people participated over a five-week period, the organizers said Thursday.
Every Saturday since July 23, people had been camping for a night on the upper floors of Taiwan's tallest building, gazing at the stars and city skyline at night and watching the sunrise in the morning, Taipei 101 administrators said.
The organizers arranged for the campers to skygaze on the 91st floor of the building where there is a telescope and to sleep in the observatory on the 89th floor, from which they could also watch the sunrise.
"It was not until I watched the moon (through the telescope), did I discover that it is so big," said an elementary student who camped in the building with his family on July 23.
The organizers also threw a party every Saturday night for the campers and other people on the observatory floor, and provided the campers with late-night snacks, bread for breakfast and souvenirs, according to Michael Liu (???), a spokesman for Taipei Financial Center Corp., which manages Taipei 101.
He said the activity, the first of its kind in Taiwan, was highly successful, as evidenced by the fact that the 800 available places were filled in less than three days after applications opened.
The camp was the brainchild of Chiu Chien-wu (???), head of Taipei 101's observatory operation, who said it took him two years to convince his superiors that it was a good idea and one month to plan the camp.
Chiu said that he hopes more overseas visitors will be able to participate in the camp next time and the idea will be adopted by the administrators of other skyscrapers around the world.
Meanwhile, his next plan is to hold an open air movie screening for 150 viewers on one of the upper floors of the 101-story building during the Mid-Autumn Fetival, he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel