1. Kuala Lumpur
Every year, locals and visitors alike gather to marvel at the iconic Petronas Twin Towers as they’re brought to life by a wave of colorful explosions. A much-anticipated tradition, the buzzing capital is set to ring in 2017 with yet another awe-inspiring show of fireworks. There’s more than a few good vantage points scattered across the city: KLCC Park and Taman Tasik Titiwangsa provide some of the best views of the year-end spectacle for free, while rooftop venues such as the multi-concept Troika Sky Dining offer a swanky alternative for those who wish to escape the crowds and take in the dazzling sights with a cocktail in hand.
For over a decade, the booming Taiwanese capital has managed to end each year with a bang. The last New Year’s Eve celebration alone saw more than 30,000 shots of fireworks in only 238 seconds. But with 800 individual lights set to complement the grand display at the sky-high Taipei 101 tower, this year’s celebration promises to be an even more extravagant affair.
Bigger is better in Dubai, and nowhere is this more evident than in the city’s annual fireworks show. Themed around national pride, this year’s over-the-top pyrotechnics display will see imposing landmarks such as the 163-storey Burj Khalifa and the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab enveloped in a frenzy of shimmering lights. Free lookout points such as Dubai Fountains and Jumeirah Beach are among the local favorites, though a slew of upscale hotels, restaurants, and bars throughout the city will pull out all the stops on New Year’s Eve, boasting countdown parties and exclusive fireworks viewings replete with food, booze, and live entertainment.
4. Hong Kong
Come December 31, bursts of multicolored sparks will light up the city to herald the beginning of 2017. The roaring Shooting Stars display is due to make its return, gracing the sky every 15 minutes starting from 11 p.m. This year, there will also be a street party at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, where a line-up of various performances will brighten up the area and add an extra dose of festive cheer.
Where will you celebrate this New Year’s Eve?