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Taipei 101 to welcome 2022 with 16,000 fireworks for over 360 seconds, longest ever

The annual New Year's countdown show at the Taipei 101 will fire off 16,000 fireworks over 360 seconds, one of its longest and biggest displays ever.

The annual show this year adopts the theme "Towards a better future," will also involve animation, music, and a light show in addition to the fireworks, and took around six months to prepare, Taipei 101 Chairman Chang Hsueh-shun (張學舜) said at a press conference at the building, the world's tallest when it opened in 2004.

"We hope to use the theme this year to heal people's hearts and also drum up morale so that the people of Taiwan, along with the international community can look towards a better future of peace, happiness, and a merry 2022," Chang said.

A range of special fireworks displays will be on show during the six-minute display, including dynamic wing-shaped and heart-shaped fireworks, Chang said.

"As long as the weather is good, the beautiful fireworks will look like angels spreading their wings in the sky, and in a way reflect warmth and hope," Chang said.

The fireworks show will follow Taipei's New Year's Eve countdown party held at Taipei City Hall Square, which will include some of the hottest names from the country's entertainment industry.

Indie bands EggPlantEgg and Accusefive, indigenous singer and songwriter A-Lin, pop-rock group Tizzy Bac, rock duo Power Station, and Malaysian pop singer Fish Leong are just some of the big names set to entertain revelers.

Taipei's countdown party is known as one of Taiwan's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations.

To mark the beginning of 2018, 16,000 fireworks were fired from Taipei 101 over 360 seconds to mark the start of the new year. -Central News Agency

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