President Tsai Ing-wen says holding National Day fireworks in Hualien County is a demonstration of the government’s support for the development of eastern Taiwan. Tsai was speaking Wednesday in Hualien to celebrate the 107th National Day of the Republic of China.
President Tsai Ing-wen, Legislature President Su Jia-chyuan and acting Hualien County Commissioner Tsai Pi-chung launched the spectacular National Day fireworks display together.
Speaking in Hualien on Wednesday, the president said Hualien’s 36-minute fireworks display was the longest fireworks show in Taiwan.
She also said setting off the fireworks in the Pacific Ocean to celebrate National Day symbolizes the perseverance of the people in this island county.
Tsai called on the public to support Hualien County, especially its tourism industry. The eastern county was hit hard by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in February, which killed 17 people.
The fireworks display used over 38,000 shells and began at 8:00 pm. The national show reflected the themes of unity, aboriginal culture, and ethnic diversity.