Taipei 101 (Taiwan) & Thermistis taiwanensis

Received in early July via official Postcrossing swap. :)

Here comes the highest building in Taiwan:

TW-940706

 

From Wiki:

Taipei 101 (Chinese: 臺北101 / 台北101), formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.

Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition.

Symbolism:

(1)

The height of 101 floors commemorates the renewal of time: the new century that arrived as the tower was built (100+1) and all the new years that follow (1 January = 1-01). It symbolizes high ideals by going one better on 100, a traditional number of perfection. The number also evokes the binary numeral system used in digital technology.

(2)

The main tower features a series of eight segments of eight floors each. In Chinese-speaking cultures the number eight is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune. In cultures that observe a seven-day week the number eight symbolizes a renewal of time (7+1). In digital technology the number eight is associated with the byte, being 8 bits. A bit is the basic (minimal) unit of information.

(3)

The repeated segments simultaneously recall the rhythms of an Asian pagoda (a tower linking earth and sky, also evoked in the Petronas Towers), a stalk of bamboo (an icon of learning and growth), and a stack of ancient Chinese ingots or money boxes (a symbol of abundance).

(4)

Curled ruyi (如意) figures appear throughout the structure as a design motif. Though the shape of each ruyi at Taipei 101 is traditional, its rendering in industrial metal is plainly modern. The ruyi is a talisman of ancient origin associated in art with heavenly clouds. It connotes healing, protection and fulfillment. It appears in celebrations of the attainment of new career heights. Each ruyi ornament on the exterior of the Taipei 101 tower stands at least 8 m (26 ft) tall. The sweeping curved roof of the adjoining mall culminates in a colossal ruyi that shades pedestrians.

(For more info, please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101)

 

Stamp of thermistis taiwanensis (臺灣黃帶天牛) :

TW-940706 stamp

台灣黃帶天牛是台灣特有種昆蟲,體表的質感如絨布般,觸角外緣有鈍刺,大多棲息在南部山區如高雄大山、藤枝或台東卑南等1200公尺到1500公尺的闊葉林中。
昆蟲生態攝影作家張永仁說,台灣黃帶天牛身體上擁有鮮豔的黑黃警戒色,主要是保護自己不被天敵所發現,並有模仿鮮豔有毒物的效果,讓天敵不敢接近。一旦被捕捉後會發出腥臭的氣味,用來嚇跑天敵。由於目前數量相當稀少,平時相當少見。

台灣黃帶天牛小檔案

學名:Thermistis taiwanensis
體型:體長不含觸角大約2.5公分
特徵:身體上有鮮豔的黑黃警戒色,一旦被捕捉後,會發出類似天竹葵的臭味,迫使天敵放棄捕食
分布:台灣特有種,多分布在南部山區及台東卑南等闊葉林中

Source: http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20100615/32587776/

Thermistis taiwanensis -

I’m not a fan of insects at all…but I’ve learnt that this insect is native to Taiwan. :P Gotta learn something new every day. xD

 

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