Apple opens first store in Taiwan at base of landmark skyscraper Taipei 101
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Apple has had official retail stores in the states for years, but the global establishment of its official stores is anything but complete. Though Apple has around 40 official retail locations in China and more in Hong Kong, the country of Taiwan was left out — until today, that is. As of July 1, Apple has officially opened its first retail store in Taiwan in a very conspicuous location: Taipei 101.
Apple's first retail store in Taiwan is located in the ground and basement level of the landmark skyscraper Taipei 101. Announced in early June, publicity was drummed up ahead of the launch by placing a piece of art at the entrance way. The fabric barricade blocking off the store until its grand opening depicted a banyan tree and was designed by a local Taiwanese artist, Yang Shih-Yi. The banyan tree design was even made available as a sticker on iMessage to help promote the launch. According to Apple, crowds began gathering at the entrance to the Taipei 101 store overnight, and the company estimated that thousands of visitors made their way into the store on its opening day.
Taipei 101 was crowned the world's tallest building in 2004 (though it was later superseded by the Burj Khalifa), but remains a major landmark of Tai Pei, Taiwan's capitol.