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Fireworks Festival set for Aug. 2 at Dadaocheng Wharf


This year’s Taipei Dadaocheng Fireworks Festival will begin at 7pm at Dadaocheng Wharf (大稻埕碼頭) on Aug. 2, with the Taipei City Government inviting city residents to enjoy pop music and a display of 20,000 fireworks.

The fireworks are to be set off between 8pm and 8:30pm during the festival between floodgates 3 and 5 of the Tamsui River (淡水河), and on Zhongxiao Bridge (忠孝橋) in Sanchong (三重), as the Taipei County Government joins forces with the city government to hold the event.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the festival, which would be held a few days before Chinese Valentine’s Day, attracted more than 500,000 people last year and the city government expected this year’s event to attract an even bigger crowd, as the festival has become a popular way of celebrating the day.

Spectators can watch the display from either shore of the Tamsui River, on the deck of ferries sailing along the river, or from the tops of tall buildings, Hau said.

The city government is also organizing a “Finding the Old Di,” activity from today until Aug. 2 in order to encourage residents to discover the charm of the Dadaocheng District, Taipei Department of Information Commissioner Yang Hsiao-tung (羊曉東) said.

Dadaocheng is a historic area in Taipei City famous for heritage sites and traditional goods and foods.

Those interested can pick up pamphlets at travel centers located in the Taipei Main and Ximen MRT stations and visit the attractions on the map in the pamphlet, including Dihua Street, Yongle Market and Taipei Xia Hai Cheng Huang Temple (霞海城隍廟).

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