Here’s a hoot of a Website:
Ma was stated as saying, “I have no doubt that it can bring Taipei to the world and bring the world to Taipei.”
Well, go to this Web site and have a good laugh. You can see that Ma made no mistake in his words.
They built a multi-billion dollar tower complex, but couldn’t even pay a native English speaker NT$500 (about US$15) to edit the text for worldwide promotion.
This is so typical of the Taiwanese. They bring down enitre buildings (like the burnt-out building in the Xizhi Acer complex) by going cheap on items costing pennies compared to the entire investment itself. Just like with the burnt-out Xizhi building when they went cheap by taking out the fire walls, I wonder what “surprise” Taipei 101 holds.
Mark my words. There is a surprise waiting, and not because an “accident” or “act of god” or “uncalculated risk” … It will be because of a deliberate decision to “go cheap” on the saftey aspects of the building.
You can build a gleaming tower in one year, but you can’t change thousands of years of culture in one year.