This year's National Day fireworks show was held in Tainan, and attracted over 500,000 people. The Tainan City Government's initial estimate for turnout was around 200,000, which meant the number of people that showed up was 2.5 times higher. To get everything back to normal, the city government mobilized over 1,000 people to clean up the area.
Over half a million people descended upon Tainan to watch this year's 33-minute National Day fireworks extravaganza. The city government was only expecting around 200,000, and roads in and around Anping were jammed until midnight.
Two shuttle routes were running: one between Tainan's rail and high-speed rail stations, and the other between various parking lots around the city. The first got caught in the traffic jam like other cars.
They didn't have queuing lines set up. You don't know where to go to line up. (Are there enough shuttles?) Probably, but flow is a complete mess.
There are so many people. (Are there enough shuttles?) I don't think so.
Anping's old streets are very narrow, so it's hard to keep traffic flowing. The situation was better in areas like where the parking lots are. Traffic dispersed before midnight.
As expected, the congestion led to a torrent of complaints from the public. The Tainan City Government sent over 1,000 maintenance workers to Anping at 5:30 a.m. on the 11th to clean up the area.
We sent over 1,200 maintenance workers over to pick up trash. They collected around 140 to 150 tons of trash, and around 11 tons of recyclables.
This was Tainan's first time hosting the National Day fireworks extravaganza. Mayor Huang Wei-cher apologized on Facebook for the traffic issues.