Sat, Dec 29, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Nation prepares for New Year glitz

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

A large group of New Year’s revelers gather in Greater Kaohsiung during last year’s celebrations. A New Year countdown event in the city this year will feature a performance by Taiwanese band Mayday starting at 7:20pm on New Year’s Eve at the Kaohsiung Time Avenue.

Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

Taipei’s New Year Countdown Party will attract more than 800,000 people, the Taipei City Government said yesterday as it unveiled the annual activity’s celebrity guests and event schedule.

The annual event will start at 7pm on Monday in front of Taipei City Hall, with TV personalities Patty Hou (侯佩岑) and Plungon (浩角響起) hosting the party.

Pop stars including Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Taiwanese diva A-mei (張惠妹) and singer Harlem Yu (庾澄慶) will give performances until 1am on Tuesday.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday said the city’s countdown party has become one of the most popular New Year’s Eve activities in Taiwan, and expected this year’s lineup to attract more than 800,000 people.

“We put a lot of effort into improving the annual New Year Countdown Party every year to meet the public’s expectation. We believe that this year’s lineup will attract a record-breaking number of people,” he said.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will also attend the event and join the crowd to count down to the Year 2013, the Department of Information and Tourism said.

Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (劉家豪) said the annual fireworks show at one of the world’s tallest buildings will feature 22,000 rounds of fireworks that will be launched over 188 seconds, along with specially tailored music — an adaptation of The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky — with the theme “Swing for the Future.”

Traffic control measures will be imposed in Xinyi District (信義) on Monday. Taipei Rapid Transportation Corp (TRTC) will provide 42-hour non-stop service on all MRT lines beginning on Sunday. Trains are set to run every 2.15 minutes at peak hours.

After the countdown party, Taipei City’s Department of Transportation will dispatch 160 shuttle buses to help passengers leave the Xinyi District from 12am to 2:30am on Tuesday. Passengers can take the buses at any bus stops in the area.

Main New Year’s Eve celebrations:

Taipei City

Time and location: The plaza in front of Taipei City Hall, 7pm to 1am.

Acts: Harlem Yu (庾澄慶), Shin Band (信樂團), Jeannie Hsieh (謝金燕), A-lin (黃麗玲), Evan Yo (蔡旻佑), Aaron Kwok (郭富城) and A-mei (張惠妹).

Event budget: NT$8 million.

Taipei 101 Fireworks: NT$30 million.

Estimated crowd size: More than 800,000.

Special program: Taipei 101 will set off 22,000 fireworks over 188 seconds.

Greater Taichung

Time and location: The parking lot of the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium from 7:00 pm to 00:30 am.

Acts: S.H.E., Dream Girls, Meifen Chen (陳美鳳), Lala Xu (徐佳瑩), Della (丁噹), Roomie Band and Wang Tsai-hua (王彩樺).

Event budget: NT$7 million.

Estimated crowd: 200,000.

Special program: Fireworks and countdown with S.H.E.

Yunlin County

Time and location: Janfusun Park in Gukeng from 7:30pm to midnight.

Acts: Shadya Lan (藍又時), No Name Band and Eason Xie (謝博安) and Rachel Liang (梁文音).

Event budget: NT$10 million.

Estimated crowd: 30,000.

Special program: Giant Ferris wheel fireworks set off over 600 seconds.

Chiayi County

Time and location: Alishan Railroad Station from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Acts: Taichung Philharmonic Orchestra, Lin Yu-chun (林育群), Francesca Kao (高慧君), Jinsiou Singing Duo (錦繡二重唱).

Event budget: NT$3 million.

Estimated crowd: between 10,000 and 20,000.

Special program: New Year’s Eve party held at the nation’s highest elevation as well as the sunrise viewing on Jan. 1.

Greater Tainan

Time and location: The plaza in front of Tainan High Speed Rail Station from 6pm to 1am.

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