Sunday, September 12, 2010

Skating in air: Taiwan's iconic TAIPEI 101 building plans ice rink for 88th floor

TAIPEI — Ice skating in subtropical Taiwan is not a daily activity, even in winter, where the temperatures do drop and snow often falls in the high mountains of the Central Mountain Range. But now doing it -- ice-skating, that is -- on the lucky number 88th floor of a 101-floor skyscraper called TAIPEI 101 will be possible.

Officials at the 101-story Taipei 101 say they're installing a rink that will allow locals and overseas visitors to skate at 1,000 feet up in the air.

About 20 people at a time will be able to skate on the 1,000-square foot rink. It will be open all year round.

The rink actually won't be made of ice.
It will be made of a synthetic material that creates a hard, plastic floor with a slick silicone glaze.

It's an attempt to attract more visitors to the iconic building.

The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2012.

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