December 29, 2015


Shanghai Nixes New Year's Countdowns to Prevent Another Stampede

Lucas Schifres/Getty Images
Lucas Schifres/Getty Images

Shanghai authorities have canceled New Year's celebrations in popular areas as a preventative measure following last year's tragic stampede, which killed 36 and injured 47 in a frantic rush. The city has nixed countdowns at riverfront Bund and shopping districts including Nanjing Road and Yuyuan Garden, city spokesperson Xu Wei announced, according to Mashable

This year's countdown will be held at iconic entertainment district Xintiandi, with only 4,800 allowed – a much smaller number than the annual 300,000 that have regularly attended the New Year's Eve event in the past. 

Taiwanese singer A-Lin and Hong Kong vocalist Hacken Lee will perform at the event. But attendees must pay 1,688 yuan (or $260) within a day – and before December 30 – at Xintiandi's shopping centers in order to receive a pair of tickets.

It appears the government is taking extra precautions in 2015. After last year's stampede tragedy, Shanghai authorities faced heavy criticism for failing to manage the massive crowds. Four city officials were ultimately fired, with several others punished.