Take the fastest elevator to the 89th floor of Taipei 101 and then climb to the 91st floor. Waiting in a trip through time and space are legendary kung fu superstar Bruce Lee, pop icon Teresa Teng, Hollywood sex goddess Marilyn Monroe and golden boy of football David Beckham.
The lifelike wax figures are on loan from Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, currently undergoing renovation in preparation for its grand reopening in spring this year. The museum, which opened on Victoria Peak in the year 2000, has a collection of over 100 wax figures. Andy Lau, the Hong Kong singing and acting super celebrity, arrived at thae wax museum in 2005 as a heart-beating silicon figure. Lau, however, did not make it to Taipei this time.
The unforgettable Teresa Teng did. The "chi pao" or cheongsam with sequins she wears is from her real life wardrobe, according to her brother. When asked to comment on the likeness of the wax replica to the real Teresa Teng, her brother recalled how his mother choked with emotion upon seeing it unveiled for the first time in Hong Kong. She could not believe her eyes and could not hold back her tears.
Bruce Lee, shown wearing a yellow outfit, appears bracing for a fight in a scene reconstructed from the martial arts movie, "Game of Death." A Bruce Lee mimic even turned up last Friday to give a little demonstration of the late actor's kung fu expertise. He is expected to turn up every Saturday in the coming weeks to entertain the crowd with his imitation of Lee's antics.
Meanwhile fans of football idol Beckham get to catch sight of his life-size reproduction against a picture of a football field. The opening of the mini-exhibit last Friday coincided with the eighth anniversary of the Taipei 101 ground-breaking ceremony. The four figures will be on view until February 5. The NT$450 entrance ticket to the Observatory Deck includes access to the exhibition area.