New Year is fast approaching. As tradition goes, New Year's Eve is an opportunity to end these past 12 months on a joyful high note. Everywhere in the world, suffice to look up and contemplate blazing skies with children's eyes. In an enchanting deluge of sight and sound, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Prague and London welcome you into 2017!
Hong Kong, China
Victoria Harbour, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, will light up at the stroke of midnight with spectacular fireworks which lighting effects will reflect over the entire Hong Kong skyline. During that magical show loaded with yet unseen pyrotechnics, the stars will set the sky ablaze over several kilometres. The grande finale takes place over the symbolic Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.
To celebrate the beginning of the new year, head over to the exceptionally well located Marina Bay and strike up the famous countdown surrounded by hundreds of thousands. The Singaporean tradition asks that a multitude of paper lanterns be lit up and dropped off water, carrying with them the wishes of their owners for the coming months. You too make a wish!
Come and experience an extraordinary New Year's Eve in one of the liveliest cities of the world. Take advantage and extend your stay to visit traditional temples. Do not forget to pay homage to Buddha for the new year. It will bring you luck and happiness.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For an exceptional fireworks display, head over to Dubai! Let the enchantment of a stripy multicoloured sky carry you over. The fireworks are set from the highest skyscraper in world, the Burj Khalifa, culminating at 828 metres. Excitement guaranteed!
Prague, Czech Republic
Festivities will start on December 31st, 2016. The Prague night sky will sparkle with unprompted fireworks, launched by the inhabitants themselves. However, the official display over the City of a Hundred Spires will take place on the Vítkov hill on January 1st. You can admire its beauty from the banks of the Vltava River, the historical bridges downtown, and even in front of the Prague Castle.
The London fireworks are one of the major national events. Each year, hundreds of thousands come and enjoy this majestic show along the River Thames, while Big Ben and the London Eye are completely floodlit. And make sure you do not miss the traditional New Year's Parade that takes place on the following day, on January 1st.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What could be best than celebrate the new year on Rio de Janeiro's hot sand. Gather all along the mythical Copacabana beach to admire the immense fireworks which multiple colours reflect over the bay. Be a real carioca, dress in white and party all night!