From Wellington to Washington, Warm Welcome of 2014
Countries across Asia bid farewell to 2013 with fireworks and laser-light shows that lit up the night sky across the region. In Dubai on the Persian Gulf officials sought to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show.The skyline was a canvas for a dazzling 30-minute show. China had light shows at part of the Great Wall near Beijing and at the Bund waterfront in Shanghai. Millions of people across the UK celebrated the start of 2014 with spectacular fireworks displays, music and parties. Tens of thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames as the chimes of Big Ben rang in the new year in the capital city, London. The New York celebration featured performances from artists such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Blondie There were spectacular displays in Rio, Brazil, where thousands watched as fireworks lit up the skies over Copacabana Beach.As 2013 draws to a close, people across the world kick start their new years celebrations welcoming us into 2014. New Zealand being the first to mark the start of the new year with an impressive fireworks show let off from the Auckland Sky Tower shortly followed by other cities. In Sydney there was a fireworks display that sprayed from the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the city's harbor bridge.