Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Eve 2014

Taipei's air is full of smoke most days of the year, but New Year's Eve is the night when the smoke screen hangs most heavily. The fireworks show at Taipei 101 is a magnet that attracts close to a million people for the three-minute spectacle.

With the opening of the Xinyi Line of the MRT, it is easier than ever to get to the festivities by public transport, but thousands still swarm the place on scooters, parking wherever they can. The police close major roads to vehicles to allow foot-traffic to flow smoothly toward the tower.

Once the last echoes of the explosions have shaken the air, traffic fills the streets, with tens of thousands of scooters streaming towards the bridges that lead out of the city.