Korea and Japan share a time zone and ring in the New Year at the same time. According to tradition, this giant bell at a Buddhist temple in the former capital of Kyoto is rung more than 100 times to usher in the new year.
So what do Alice Springs, Guam, and Vladivostok, Russia, ave in common? Not much, except they all share the same time zone, which means they are all ringing in the New Year at the same time. Happyt 2016!
Fiji and New Zealand are the first 2 major countries to ring in the New Year. Next up with be some remote regions of Eastern-most Russia followed by Australia.
The Chatham Islands the 2nd places in the world to ring in the New Year. They form an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean about 680 kilometres from New Zealand, consisting of 10 islands within a 40-kilometre radius.
2 million people flood the beach at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on New Year's Eve every year to watch the spectacular fireworks at midnight, but to make offerings to the African sea goddess, Iamanja
The Lion City’s Golden Jubilee 50th anniversary celebrations will conclude at the stroke of midnight 31 December with fireworks over Marina Bay and countdown parties across the city and a 12 hour beach party at Sentosa.
On New Year's Eve, the Lunar New Year, and Chinese National Day there are fireworks displays over Victoria Harbour. Here is a quick guide to the top viewing spots in Hong Kong and Kowloon – both free and paid.
Australian hotelier advises party goers to spend the night in a hotel rather than driving home on New Year's Eve. But don't just stay at any hotels. Here is a complete guide to booking the best hotel for having a great stay.
A dependency of Australia, Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean. Every year, 50 million crabs migrate across the island to spawn in the sea in which is thought to be the world's largest migration.
Christmas at the Landmark in Central on Hong Kong Island. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.