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Taipei 101 fireworks slogan for New Year's Eve a mystery

Taipei 101 fireworks slogan for New Year's Eve a mystery

The annual New Year's Eve fireworks display at Taipei 101 will feature 3,000 more rounds of fireworks than last year in a show of unprecedented scale, but the slogan to be lit across the world's tallest occupied building remains a mystery.
"Besides the fact that there will be a total of 12,000 rounds of fireworks, 3,000 more than last year, this year's display will be launched higher than ever from positions as high as 500 meters up the building," said Michael Liu (劉瑞生), spokesperson for Taipei 101 owner Taipei Financial Center Corp., at a news conference yesterday.
Liu said the main theme of this year's show is the color "gold," which symbolizes happiness and wealth.
The show will last 188 seconds, the same as last year, but 80 percent of the display will be different from the 2007 event, he said.
According to Liu, the group preparing the show has added many cutting-edge firework displays this year after touring the globe in search of new ideas in recent months.
While describing the scope of the fireworks display, Liu refused to disclose the slogan that will be illuminated on the building during the show.
"I do not want to spoil the surprise in advance," Liu said, but he did suggest that since the project is sponsored by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' Tourism Bureau, the slogan would promote the nation's overall image to the international community.
He stressed that the controversial slogan "U.N. for Taiwan" would not be chosen, as had been rumored recently in local newspapers, but he said the word "Taiwan" would likely be included.
This year's show at Taipei 101 will be the fourth since 2005 but may well be the last of its kind, according to local media reports.
Regulations state that all tenants in the building must reach a consensus before hosting the fireworks shows, but such an agreement is becoming increasingly difficult, as most of the floors in the building have now been leased. This made the bidding for sponsorship of this year's show more competitive than ever.
It was reported that both the Taipei City Government and the Cabinet-level Government Information Office were fighting for the bid.
The GIO reportedly had proposed that the slogan "U.N. for Taiwan" be chosen to promote the nation's bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-03-07 19:52 GMT+08:00