Not sure what happened this year but there was no countdown and the fireworks sort of took everyone by surprise (my watch was showing 11:57 when they kicked off).
Unfortunately we were still under a tree when they went off (got to the area a bit late) so there’s a bit of obstruction in my video.
Luckily the fireworks weren’t all that impressive this year. Or maybe it’s we were just spoiled during Taiwan’s year 100 and year 101. Coming in at around 3 minutes, this year was definitely on the shorter side (even shorter than two years ago when, due to weather conditions, they didn’t even get to finish the run).
After the fireworks you had Taiwan’s tourism department spamming the event with their slogan “Taiwan the heart of Asia”:
Dunno what that was about, we’re already in Taiwan so shouldn’t they be using that on people not in the country?
In anycase, happy new year everyone and thanks for reading. Here’s to another year of Taiwan blogging!
Update 1st January 2013 – This might explain the general suckiness of the 2013 fireworks:
Representatives of Taipei 101 stressed that this year’s carbon emissions from the fireworks will not exceed 4.5 metric tons, which is only two-thirds of that from previous years.
In addition, the fireworks were imported from Spain, which showcases cold luminescence and low emission to cut down the smoke level.
Uh, I’m all for saving the environment but really, decent fireworks once a year isn’t going to hurt the bottom line.
We live in a city where traffic sits at a standstill belching who knows how many metric tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere every day… the hell is one night of decent fireworks going to do?
According to the French company Groupe F, 22,000 fireworks were set off in 188 seconds, accompanied by the famous 1910 concert piece by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.
Orchestrated to an adapted version of “The Firebird,” the fireworks were presented in four acts that resembled different themes of 2012.
Coming in at 3 minutes those must have been some incredibly short acts. And no idea on the music. We were right near the concert stage and didn’t hear anything (except the fireworks).
Were we supposed to be humming 1910 in our heads? I must’ve missed that memo…