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Taipei 101 ready to welcome 2011 with fireworks spectacular

2010/12/16 20:14:49

Taipei, Dec. 16 (CNA) The highly anticipated annual Taipei 101New Year's eve pyrotechnics display is ready to blow spectators awaythis year with a record-breaking number of fireworks transforming theworld's second-tallest skyscraper into a silver waterfall, a glowingpagoda and a ferocious dragon.

This year's show, which will last for 288 seconds and will usemore than 30,000 fireworks costing over NT$60 million (US$2.01million) is being touted as the "longest, biggest and most expensive"of the last six years, said Michael Liu, the building's spokesman.

As the nation celebrates its 100th founding anniversary nextyear, the show will focus on that theme. Exactly 100 extra secondswill be added to the duration of the show, compared with the standard188 seconds in previous shows, Liu said.

This is also the first time the organizers have collaborated withinternational groups such as Grucci, a New York-based pyrotechniccompany with over 150 years of experience in firework shows and thepyrotechnician Tsai Kuo-chiang, who is the main creative force behindthe show.

"We are confident that spectators are in for a great show. Byusing high-quality fireworks, we have reduced the likelihood of smokeclouds to the minimum, " Liu said, adding that the show will takeplace as scheduled unless there is torrential rain.

Six other New Year's Eve fireworks displays will take placearound the country.

Besides the one at Taipei 101, the capital will also have twoother shows to ring in the new year, including one sponsored by theCouncil of Cultural Affairs to be held at Dajia Riverside Park andanother one at the Miramar shopping center in the Neihu District.

In central Taiwan, in addition to a show at the Taichung Stadium,Janfusun Fancy World amusement park in Yunlin County will also lightup the sky with 15,000 fireworks in 11 minutes and will turn itsFerris wheel into the world's biggest "smiley face."

In southern Taiwan, the newest entertainment landmark -- E-daWorld in Kaohsiung County -- is preparing to wow spectators with50,000 fireworks, while Dream Mall in Kaohsiung City will also holdits annual display after a massive New Year's Eve count-down party.

(By Jenny W. Hsu)