New Year's Day sunrise in Taiwan encounters gentle gray skies

Three popular places for watching New Year’s first sunrise in Taiwan were not graced by a glowing sun at the dawn of New Year’s Day

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A glowing sun is out of sight on Alishan in the morning of New Year's Day

A glowing sun is out of sight on Alishan in the morning of New Year's Day (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Three popular places for watching New Year’s first sunrise in southern and eastern Taiwan were not graced by a glowing sun at the dawn of New Year’s Day due to thick clouds, according to Central News Agency (CNA) reports. The no-show presumably disappointed many of those who traveled far and rose early to watch the first sunrise of the year.

Visible from the venue of this year’s Alishan Sunrise Impression Concert on Alishan Mountain in Chiayi County, the morning twilight briefly appeared from the left side of Yushan Southern Peak at 7:04 a.m. Even though the much expected bright rising sun was out of sight, the subsequent light changes during the dawn in the eastern skies was enough to prompt the concert attendees to cheer and say “Happy New Year” to each other in chilly winds, according to a CNA report.

Sanxiantai (三仙台), a tourist attraction formed by offlying islands and coral reefs connected to the beach by a bridge and located in Chenggong Township (成功鎮) in Taiwan’s eastern county of Taitung, is also a popular place for watching New Year’s first sunrise. More than 1,000 showed up at Sanxiantai early morning on New Year's Day, but the much expected shining sun was nowhere in sight also because of the overcast skies, according to another CNA report.

On the Erliao sunrise lookout platform (二寮觀日台) in Juojhen District (左鎮) in Taiwan’s southwestern city of Tainan, 3,000 people gathered there at the dawn of New Year's Day. At some time after 6 a.m., a smidgeon of redness seeped out of the clouds in the distance, causing a stir in the crowd and inducing many people to shout “Happy New Year.” Even though the red rising sun didn’t pierce through the clouds, the clouds permeating among the forests in the mountain valleys rendered the views mysteriously charming and unreal.

Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲), who got up at 4 a.m. for the sunrise viewing at Erliao, said that he felt the attendees at Erliao were luckier as they could still enjoy the views of a sea of clouds while it was raining at many other places in Taiwan. He said the views of sunrise at Erliao are most magnificent and encouraged people to come and enjoy the views on some other days.

Sanxiantai in Taiwan’s eastern county of Taitung is not graced by a shining sun at the dawn of New Year's Dau either (photo by CNA)

A glowing sun is nowhere in sight at the Erliao sunrise lookout platform in Tainan at the dawn of New Year's Dau either (photo by CNA)