On Jul. 1, 2016, HSR Nangang Station officially started operation and participants of the opening ceremony included Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Vice Premier Hsi-Yao Lin of Executive Yuan, Political deputy Minister Guo-Tsai Wang of MOTC, Deputy Mayor Chin-Rong Lin of Taipei City Government, Chairman Wei-Chi Liu of THSRC, Director General Hsiang-Lin Hu of BOHSR and many other honorable guests.
First of all, the event started with a drum performance by Song-kun Performing Art Group and the opening ceremony of HSR Nangang Station officially initiated subsequent to the opening speech. In the ceremony, 12 staff from different service departments sequentially drummed and stated the 12 HSR station names from southern Taiwan to northern Taiwan. With the lead of HSR Nangang Station Master Ching-Yun Wen, the last drumroll was played and the totem of Nangang Station was lit symbolizing official operation of the station which will bring more quality services to the public. After the ceremony, all the guests posed for the historic photograph to commemorate the opening of the new northernmost departure point of the high-speed rail - Nangang Station.
During the speeches by Vice President Chen and Vice Premier Lin, they expressed approval of the high-speed rail’s convenience. Vice President Chen even complimented on the punctuality, safety and convenience of the HSR that has earned international fame, calling it "the pride of Taiwan". Vice Premier Lin indicted that the high-speed rail had gone through over a decade of hardship, for which he addressed special thanks to all high-speed rail staff since the construction of HSR in 2007 for their efforts and dedication that led to a new life pattern of “one-day life circle” in Taiwan. Both of them hoped the opening of Nangang Station will promote local development and prosperity, and in cooperation with the Taipei City Government, to build a new portal and transportation hub station for eastern Taipei.
The Nangang Station Opening Ceremony ended at 11:10AM in which Political deputy Minister Wang escorted Vice President Chen and Vice Premier Lin. Subsequently, Political deputy Minister Wang invited Deputy Mayor Lin to a tour of the station which was guided by Station Master Wen. The opening ceremony and tour finally came to a successful end at 11:40AM.