By: Lin Meng-ju and Christie Chen
Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The 2016 New Year’s fireworks display at the Taipei 101 building will
not only be the longest one ever at the skyscraper, it might also be the last.
Due to difficulties finding sponsors and growing concerns about the environmental impact of fireworks, the Taipei 101 company has been discussing the idea of replacing the fireworks with light-emitting diode (LED) displays in the future, Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (劉家豪) said Wednesday.
The 2016 fireworks display will last 238 seconds, and is estimated to cost NT$45 million (US$1.4 million). A total of 30,000 rounds of fireworks are expected to be set off at the Taipei 101 skyscraper, starting at midnight Dec. 31.
“Nature is Future” will be the theme of the 2016 display, and images of fish, flowers and plants will be depicted for the first time to raise awareness of environmental protection. [FULL STORY]