TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Thousands of people gathering on a street in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung looking forward to catch a glimpse of a wonderful sunset similar to Manhattanhenge were disappointed at the ‘no-show’ by the sun on Sunday evening.
There are two days in a year when people in Kaohsiung have a good chance of viewing the glowing sun setting between two lines of buildings on Cingnian Road (青年路). As a result of media reporting and word of mouth, the two occasions to view spectacular sunsets that no one seemed to care about before have become incredibly photogenic events in recent years, attracting crowds of people to the street.
The city government even activated partial traffic control on a certain section of the street to accommodate crowds of people showing up to appreciate or shoot the much expected spectacle. Many photography enthusiasts had been there since noon in order to occupy good positions for shooting photos, a large group of journalists was there too waiting for the celestial body to show up, and even SNG vans from TV stations came to line up the street, in spite of a very negative weather forecast.
However, the overcast skies with no signs of the sun didn’t clear up, and it even began to drizzle as dusk approached.
All the “sunset” fans on the scene were clearly disappointed, and one of them said, “I came to watch these lovely reporters,” and another was heard saying, “The spectacular sunset has turned into an illusion.”
Sunset scene shot in the past.