Photo of the Day: First sunrise of 2019 over E. Taiwan captured from air

First sunrise of 2019 over eastern Taiwan's Hualien as seen from the air

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Sunrise over Hualien. (Photo by MyTaiwanTour)

Sunrise over Hualien. (Photo by MyTaiwanTour)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On New Year's Day, a passenger on a Mandarin Airlines flight captured this stunning photo of the first sunrise of 2019 over eastern Taiwan's Hualien County.

The photo was captured during a special trip organized by MyTaiwanTour called "First Dawn Flight." The flight was conceived as a way for Taiwanese guests to catch a glimpse of the first sunrise of the new year by chartering a pre-dawn flight down the island’s eastern coast.

As the sun rose, Captain Tsai Huei Cing of Mandarin Airlines circled the Embraer E190 a few times to allow passengers on both sides to see the first sunrise of the new year, including the spectacular landscape of eastern Taiwan and the Pacific Ocean. The plane made another circle above Green Island before coming in for a landing in Taitung, a small city on Taiwan’s southeastern coast.


Break of dawn. (​Photo by MyTaiwanTour)


Sun rises over right wing. (​Photo by MyTaiwanTour)


Sunrise over Hualien seen from air. (​Photo by MyTaiwanTour)

For more information about excursions such as this, contact April Chen.