Taichung City will welcome the New Year with an event organized by GTV (八大) at the stadium of National Taiwan Sport University (國立台灣體育大學體育場), 16, Shuangshi Rd Sec 1, Taichung City (台中市雙十路一段16號). The party starts at 7pm and runs to 1:30am. A schedule of the celebrities performing there can be found online at www.gtv.com.tw/SpecialCase/20090101.
The list of city and county governments holding New Year’s Eve celebrations this year is a particularly long one. Perhaps it’s all an effort to take people’s minds off the hard times. In addition to the above, Keelung will be holding a New Year’s Eve party from 7:30pm to 1am at piers 3 East and 4 East in the harbor district. Taichung County is holding an event at Taichung Harbor Sports Stadium (台中縣港區綜合體育館廣場) from 7:30pm to midnight. Changhua will be partying at the Typhone Plaza in Yuanlin Township (彰化縣員林鎮台鳳廣場) from 7:30pm, Yunlin County at the Paiwu Street Night Market in Huwei (虎尾拜五街夜市) from 8pm, Chiayi at the Chiayi Municipal Sports Ground (嘉義市體育場) from 7:30pm, Tainan at the city government building’s western plaza (台南市政府西側廣場) from 7:30pm, Ilan at the Lancheng Hsinyue Plaza (宜蘭市蘭城新月廣場) from 7pm, and, if you happen to be stuck in Penghu over the New Year, there will be a party at the Penghu County Government Plaza (澎湖縣府廣場).
Those planning on attending a New Year’s Eve party in a major city are advised to work out their travel plans ahead of time to account for traffic and crowd control measures. If using the MRT in either Taipei or Kaohsiung, be aware that access to certain stations will be restricted. A complete run down of New Year’s Eve Party information can be found at 2009ny.emmm.tw [in Chinese only].