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New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby bree1818 » 07 Dec 2011, 07:47

I'm looking for somewhere to go for New Year's Eve. I leave January 4th, and would love to see the fireworks at 101. Does anyone know where I can see this, or if there's a good hotel I can arrange to stay at that has a good view of 101?

Thanks.


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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby dannypamu » 14 Dec 2011, 22:53

I wouldn't bother booking a hotel personally. It's only 3-5 minutes of firework show and you will be stuck there for about a couple of hours due to the crowds of people. A good place to watch is the area around Vieshow cinemas and ATT4fun where you can get drinks from different small bars or convenience stores and soak up the atmosphere with all the other people who show up to watch. Do get there a few hours early though as it can take ages to get to that part of town on the 31st.

If you want something quiet and slightly out of the ordinary then Elephant mountain offers breathtaking views and is fairly close to the city centre.
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby Lili » 15 Dec 2011, 00:13

Now over 100 views...

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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby the bear » 15 Dec 2011, 08:13

It's New Year's Eve 2012....
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby Icon » 15 Dec 2011, 09:32

dannypamu wrote:I wouldn't bother booking a hotel personally. It's only 3-5 minutes of firework show and you will be stuck there for about a couple of hours due to the crowds of people. A good place to watch is the area around Vieshow cinemas and ATT4fun where you can get drinks from different small bars or convenience stores and soak up the atmosphere with all the other people who show up to watch. Do get there a few hours early though as it can take ages to get to that part of town on the 31st.

If you want something quiet and slightly out of the ordinary then Elephant mountain offers breathtaking views and is fairly close to the city centre.


A hotel is nice if you are having a big party, but most is already booked. As to Elephant Mountain, yes, the view is awesome, but the problem is that it is stacked out by photographers with huge lenses/tripods on Dec. 30th at 6am on.

If you stay close to 101, remember also not to leave right away, as MRT crowds are legendary, takes about 4 hours to evacuate everyone from teh premises. So make plans after midnight. :beer:

Most bridges are OK. When the fireworks start, all traffic stops in the city, so you can even stand in the middle of Xinyi Road, say, at Da'an Park, and get a great view. Just avoid places like Gongkuan or South like Maokung and Xindian, as the wind blows in that direction and will block a clear view.
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby citizen k » 15 Dec 2011, 10:18

I have always liked the Ren'Ai/YenJi corner, personally. Great view of the fireworks without the stampede afterwards. To address the OP's original question, Taipei is still a relatively low-lying city: There are litterally thousands of great views of the 101, since there is very little in the way to obstruct it.
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby milkalex » 15 Dec 2011, 12:01

how to go to Elephant Mountain? I tried it last time but couldn't find the entrance, I was there years ago. Does anyone know which bus and bus stop?
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby pacman » 15 Dec 2011, 13:23

I prefer the warmth of an indoor bar: many of them have decently-sized HDTVs or projectors, broadcasting it all live in HD.
I don't see the bragging rights in being there in person near the 101, if it costs 4 hours of waiting before for a good standing place,
and 2 hours waiting after, fumbling through the crowd to get on the MRT afterwards.

Do you already have a great place / location reserved? That's nice, rub it in.
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby Incubus » 15 Dec 2011, 14:30

milkalex wrote:how to go to Elephant Mountain? I tried it last time but couldn't find the entrance, I was there years ago. Does anyone know which bus and bus stop?

Bus 22 heading east on Xinyi, final stop. Just ask around after you get off.
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Re: New Year's Eve 2011?

Postby bree1818 » 19 Dec 2011, 09:47

Thanks everyone for answering. The reason I was asking about a hotel is because I am having problems with my feet and can't walk very far for very long. I go back home to the States in 2 weeks and am having surgery almost the day after I get back, so it's pretty serious. I was hoping to get something close-ish so I don't have to walk a whole lot.

At this point in time, I doubt I'll find much of anything, so I'll probably just go to Taichung with some friends or something.


by the bear » 15 Dec 2011, 08:13

It's New Year's Eve 2012....


P.S. New Year's Eve is still in 2011, New Year's is 2012. Technically I'm right in my phrasing.
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