Taiwan

New Year’s 2013 at Taipei 101

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Another year ends, a new one begins, and to mark it, I went to Taipei 101 for the fireworks show. This was the second year in a row I went downtown to see this, but unlike last year, this time I was quite close to Taipei 101. The fireworks looked good, but lasted for a shorter time and were less spectacular than last year’s. They weren’t even very loud and the whole thing had a damped-down, subdued feeling to it. Maybe this was a result of budget reductions and harder economic times. The weird thing is that the fireworks started just like that without a countdown beforehand. Even so, it was a good way to ring in the new year with friends and acquaintances and tens of thousands of strangers in the middle of the street. Anyways, Happy New Year, people.

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This was actually after the fireworks as people walked away.

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This was the scene around me before the fireworks.

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This was the scene outside the City Hall MRT station (the closest one to Taipei 101) after the fireworks as people crowded outside the station entrance. I had to walk several blocks westwards to get to a MRT station that was open and without a crowd at the entrance.

 

 

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