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16,000 fireworks ready to light up Taipei 101 in the annual New Year show


This year the annual fireworks show at the Taipei 101 skyscraper marking the start of the New Year will for the first time feature 3D effects, utilizing the four walls of the building, the organizers said Wednesday.


The special effects will provide viewers with the same firework watching experiences from all sides, said Taipei 101 Chairman Chang Hsueh-shun.


The annual show, which this year adopts the theme "love," will involve music, light installations, fireworks and the display of messages, he said.


A total of 16,000 fireworks will be used during the five-minute display, including red and blue heart shapes as a tribute to medical personnel around the world for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Chang.


In addition, the skyscraper will be lit in pink from Christmas Eve to New Year's Eve, with a light show to be staged at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the last day, he said.


The fireworks will cost NT$25 million (US$886,000), about the same as last year, he added.


The messages will be displayed on the 59th and 60th floors, and the popular Taiwanese song "Hiòng-chiân kiâ (Marching Forward)" by Lim Giong will be played to boost public morale after a year under the shadow of COVID-19, he said. -Central News Agency

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