With the New Year approaching, the Hydraulic Engineering Office (HEO) of Taipei recommends a number of riverside parks promising fantastic views for the Taipei 101 firework spectacle without the expected crowds drawn to the year-end bash near the landmark skyscraper.
Not only are they top choices for watching fireworks display, the city's riverside parks are also ideal for cycling and picnicking activities in the daytime, with ample parking spaces.
As the Rainbow Riverside Park is located north-east of the high-rise, it will not be affected by the northeast seasonal winds and thus provides a vantage spot for watching the lighting spectacle and fireworks upwind without smoke and haze blocking the view.
Through the combination of its luxurious, spacious homes and vibrant neighborhood surrounded by Straus, Central and Riverside Parks
just south of Columbia University, OPUS offers families the best in city living," said Ms.
The Taipei City government is considering banning barbecues in riverside parks during the Mid-Autumn Festival as trash has continued to build up in parks and PM 2.5 pollution increases as a result of the practice.
The Hydraulic Engineering Office on its website yesterday said that it would not ban barbecuing in riverside parks this year, but it is planning a review of the practice in consideration of energy conservation, carbon reduction, environmental protection and ecology.
The office said that since it began its policy of allowing the public to barbecue in riverside parks, a large amount of garbage has been produced annually, and many people have not been following barbecuing regulations in these parks.
"In addition, the property is surrounded by the world-class Central and Riverside Parks
and will feature some of the most spectacular views in Manhattan over the Hudson River, the parks and the city."
All temporary facilities on the city's riverside parks
, including wharf facilities, bicycle rental stations, mobile toilets, and construction machines, have been removed, according to a news release posted on the city's Department of Information and Tourism.
Taipei's riverside parks are being promoted by the city's Public Works Department as an alternative spot to view the Taipei 101 New Year's Eve fireworks display and light show.
The top spots to catch Taipei 101's fireworks display include the Rainbow Riverside Park between the Minquan Bridge and MacArthur First Bridge, the Rainbow bridge that connects the Songshan and Neihu districts, and riverside parks around the Dazhi Bridge.
Dazzling neon lights are seen dancing on the Keelung River from Taipei City's Rainbow Riverside Park at night in this undated photo.