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Taipei 101 to welcome 2013 with fireworks show

2012/12/17 18:05:51

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) Taipei 101, formerly the tallest building in the world, will stage a New Year fireworks show to celebrate the arrival of 2013 that will be different from the extravaganzas it has staged over the past nine years, Taipei 101 officials said Monday.

To give the public a "graceful show different from the past," Taipei 101 has invited France's Groupe F to design the display, said Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu.

Taipei 101 has been selected by CNN as one of the top 10 destinations in the world for welcoming 2013.

This year, 22,000 fireworks will be let off over 188 seconds, along with specially tailored music -- an adapted version of "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky -- under the theme of "Swing for the Future," Liu said at a press briefing to unveil a 30-second animated demonstration.

Using advanced technology such as WiFi and global positioning systems, the fireworks will be detonated from different angles that have never been attempted in the past, he added.

The fireworks will feature saturated colors and little smoke, Liu said.

In light of the fact that the pyrotechnics this year are expected to produce 4,500 kg of carbon emissions -- 66 percent less of the amount generated in past years, Taipei 101 will turn off some of its lights for six days, which will save 7,600 kilowatts per hour of electricity in total, said Liu.

Firework lovers will also get a chance to see the display up close from the Taipei 101 Observatory.

Groupe F has been involved in several world events in the past, such as the opening fireworks show of the Asian Cup in Doha in 2011, the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2009 and the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

The French company is also in charge of the New Year's Eve fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.

(By James Lee)