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Watching Taipei 101 fireworks from scenic spots
看台北一○一煙火不用擠 私房景點報給你

The Taipei 101 fireworks display for the New Year’s celebration held in front of Taipei City Hall on Jan.1, 2011.

Photo: Hu Shun-Hsiang, Taipei Times

The Taipei 101 fireworks’ display is the climax of New Year’s Eve events in Taipei every year, and although you would like to see the fireworks, you probably do not want to be part of the huge crowd gathering in front of Taipei City Hall Plaza. The Taipei City Department of Economic Development is recommending scenic spots in areas such as Elephant Mountain and Tiger Mountain in Xinyi District’s Sishou (Four Beast) mountain range, and even the Xianjiyan Hiking Trail in Wenshan District and the Zhinan scenic spot in the Maokong area, to enjoy the fireworks display at a distance and away from the hubbub.

The Taipei City Geotechnical Engineering Office says Xinyi District’s Sishou mountain range offers excellent views, of which the trails at Elephant Mountain and Tiger Mountain are closest to the city area, adding that there are great facilities along the trails and that it has always been the most popular spot for people watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. They especially recommend 11 specific spots that are best for watching the fireworks, and people can go up the mountain earlier instead of jostling in the city crowd.

The Taipei City Geotechnical Engineering Office offers maps for the mountain trails, or they can be downloaded on their Web site for free (







1. hubbub n.

塵囂 (chen2 xiao1);喧囂 (xuan1 xiao1)

例: There is a lot of hubbub at the party upstairs.


2. popular adj.

熱門的 (re4 men2 de5)

例: Smartphones are really popular nowadays.


3. jostle v.

人擠人 (ren2 ji3 ren2)

例: We were jostling in the crowd for hours until finally reaching the parking lot.


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