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Taipei 101’s New Years Eve Blast Off- 2016

By John Saboe | Taiwan

Jan 01
Crowds gather in the Xinyi Shopping District of Taipei, Taiwan for the annual Taipei 101New Years Eve fireworks celebration

Crowds gather in the Xinyi Shopping District of Taipei, Taiwan for the annual Taipei 101New Years Eve fireworks celebration

When you walk through the crowds around Taipei 101, Taipei City Hall and the Xinyi Shopping District of Taipei, Taiwan on December 31st, New Years Eve, you might not believe that this is not the most important celebration of the year.

Annual attendance for the fireworks event that erupts from the 101 floor building of the once tallest skyscraper in the world is well over 1 million.

As much as Taiwan has adopted Gregorian calendar events to celebrate like New Years Eve as well as Christmas this country’s roots are still deep in traditional Chinese culture with Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year holding the spot as the most important event of the year.

Believe it or not with an attendance of over 1 million this is quiet a peaceful event compared to similar celebrations in the West.

Main thoroughfares are shut down to traffic, additional police are on patrol and transportation like the reliable and efficient MRT,(subway) system of Taipei runs through the night to see that everyone arrives home safe.

In this edition of Far East Adventure Travel I walked through the crowds around Taipei 101 this past December 31st to hopefully give you a sense of the spirit and anticipation of Taipei 101’s world-famous annual New Years Eve fireworks celebration.

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