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New Year to start with a bigger bang: Taipei 101 officials

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taipei 101, formerly the tallest building in the world, will be staging an even more elaborate New Year’s fireworks display than last year to celebrate the arrival of 2012, which coincides with the 101st year of the Republic of China, according to Taipei 101 officials.

To celebrate “Double 101,” the scale and duration of the fireworks display on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve will be similar to Taiwan’s centennial celebrations, if not even more intensive, Taipei 101 spokesperson Michael Liu (劉家豪) said.

Last year, 30,000 fireworks were let off over 288 seconds, while this year, 30,000 fireworks will be let off over just 202 seconds, Liu said.

According to organizers, new breakthroughs have been made in firework technology and display techniques to deliver an even more exuberant show this year.

Diverse fireworks will be fired from different angles that have never been attempted in the past.

Firework lovers are also going to get the chance to see the display up close from the Taipei 101 Observatory, as tickets are being made available to the public.

People with 101 in their national ID number are also in luck, as they will be allowed free entry to the Taipei 101 Observatory on New Year’s Eve to watch the display, which normally costs from NT$350 to NT$400 per person.

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