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101 to ring in 2014 with expanded fireworks show

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei 101, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and a landmark in Taipei, is planning to embrace the arrival of 2014 with a 218-second fireworks display, the tower's spokesperson Michael Liu (劉家豪) said yesterday.

Taipei 101 management said 2014 will mark the 10th year that the skyscraper will have held New Year's Eve events, noting that not only will the fireworks display last 30 seconds longer than this year's show, but also that the number of fireworks will also increase from 20,000 to 24,000.

Liu went on to say that the firework display will again be designed by the French pyrotechnic design company Group F, and the show will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the completion of Taipei 101. Apart from the fireworks, Taipei 101 also wrote a song to mark its anniversary, and the song is available for download, Liu added.

The theme color of the display will be aureate, together with some brighter colors such as light green and purple, Liu explained, predicting that the show will be more spectacular than ever before.

This year, not only will the show hold an even greater level of surprise and beauty for spectators — Taipei 101 will also adopt advanced methods in setting up the fireworks show, Liu said. The construction team will use no scaffolds while setting up the show, making the working environment safer for workers and reduce the chance of damages caused by scaffold construction and disassembly, Liu explained.

In collaboration with Nu Skin, Taiwan, Taipei 101 will display the words “Happy NU Year” in lights on the building to celebrate the arrival of the new year.

Charlene Chiang (姜惠琳), president of Nu Skin, Taiwan, explained that the words are meant to let the world see Taiwan's power to improve.

The Taipei 101 management team said that aside from viewing the firework show from ground level, there is an alternative choice to view the city and show from another vantage point — the Taipei 101 Observatory. The management added that Taipei 101 released only 300 package-deal tickets for couples seeking to enter the observatory on New Year's Eve.

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