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12/31/2009 Taipei - Taiwan rang in the new year with a massive bash at the foot of the Taipei 101 skyscraper, which has four days to go as the world's tallest building. The 508-metre structure will lose that title to the Burj Dubai, more than 800 meters tall, when the latter opens on January 4.

An estimated half a million people gathered at the base of the Taipei landmark to watch performances while waiting for the fireworks display to be launched from the top of the building. 

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