MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hong Kong saw in 2018 in spectacular style as the southern Chinese city staged a stunning fireworks display over its famous Victoria Harbour to welcome New Year.
Thousands thronged the harbourside to see the show illuminate the famous skyline as revellers danced to Auld Lang Syne, reported news agency.
“Shooting stars” were also fired from the rooftops of skyscrapers in a 10-minute musical fireworks display.
In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, hundreds of couples attended a free mass wedding provided free by the authorities.
Three hours earlier Australia rang in the New Year with a spectacular display of rainbow-coloured fireworks cascading from Sydney Harbour Bridge, as partygoers marked the nation’s legalisation of gay marriage amid tight security.
About 1.5 million people packed the city’s seafront to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house, the first major celebrations worldwide after New Zealand.
Thousands turned out earlier in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland for the annual New Year’s Eve street party, marked by a major fireworks display from the Sky Tower.
Celebrations will move to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally the Americas, with dazzling light shows bidding farewell to 2017.
The Dubai city is replacing its main midnight fireworks with a laser show on the world’s tallest tower, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.