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Taipei to bring in the new year with Xinyi District bash

CRAWLING HOME As the city government expects the party to draw a crowd of 5 million this year, the MRT will operate until 3am on Monday morning

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

A three minute fireworks show at Taipei 101 and 13 hours of celebrations packed with a variety of public events will help Taipei residents greet the new year as the Taipei City Govern-ment invites the public to join its New Year's Eve Party in Xinyi District.

The 13-hour marathon party will begin in Xinyi with a parade at 2pm on Sunday featuring 15 teams performing Chinese dragon shows accompanied by drums.

The parade will be followed by a countdown party starting at 7pm and continuing to 1am in front of the city hall.

Performing artists in the party will include pop stars Jolin Tsai, May Day, S.H.E., F.I.R. and Wang Leehom.

The Taipei 101 fireworks show, which drew more than 4 million residents last year, will begin at 11:56pm.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will join the public in counting down.

As the city government expected the party to draw a crowd of five million this year, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation will extend its operating hours to 3am on Monday.

Trains will then resume service at 4:30am on Monday morning in order to serve residents who wish to attend the flag-raising ceremony in front of the city hall at 6am.

Due to the events, the area around Taipei City Hall will be blocked to traffic starting at 1pm on Sunday, and there will be some traffic restrictions in neighboring areas as well, the Taipei City Department of Transportation has said.

The department encouraged residents to take advantage of public transportation to avoid heavy traffic.

Detailed information on the event can be found at http://english.taipei.gov.tw/TCG/index.jsp.

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