2015 is over, long live 2016. When Thursday night roles around, where are you going to be celebrating? Of course it's too late to book a flight now, but for future reference, today's article is going to highlight some good places to celebrate in Asia.
Even though some countries in Asia use a lunar calendar, this is often only used for observing holidays and events like Chinese New Year. Most countries will use the western calendar for day to day life, and will therefore celebrate New Year's Eve on December 31st.
Every country has its own way of celebrating though, so let's take a look at some of them now.
Festivities in Japan start as early as the 29th and last until the 4th, but the 31st is the centrepiece. Tokyo Tower is well known for being at the heart of the activities. You can experience all the usual New Year's celebrations in Tokyo; fireworks, parties, parades, and additionally, bell-ringing throughout the city.
You won't feel like you're missing out should you be in Tokyo, and you'll have a very authentic experience, with a Japanese twist. Incidentally, January 1st is one of only two days per year that the Imperial Palace opens its doors to the public, another reason to spend time in the city for New Year's.
This city-state has a large western population and history to go with it. As such, you won't be surprised to hear that Singapore takes its New Year's celebrations seriously. The marina bay is known for a spectacular fireworks display, and the whole city is alive and kicking during the night.
Many expats never leave Singapore, purely because it feels like a home away from home. How the city rings in the new year is a classic example of this.
Hong Kong is already famous for its bright lights, cityscape, and its evening light shows along the front of Hong Kong Island. This spectacle extends to New Year's Eve, where you can observe some great views from Kowloon. Hong Kong already has a well established nightlife and party-scene, so you can guarantee yourself a good time.
Like Singapore, Hong Kong has a large expat community, and is one of the most international cities in the world.
Once the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 is the destination of choice for those spending the 31st in Taiwan. What started out as a firework display a decade ago has turned into a full-on concert, with all the most popular singers and bands performing a 30-60 minute set in the build up to midnight. Downtown gets absolutely packed and if you want to get close to the action, you'll need to head to 101 a few hours early.
The firework display itself is unique in that it's launched from a vertical platform (the tower), so the effect is different from cities that might go for a wider display.
The last city on our list, but definitely not the least. The best place to be in Bangkok for New Year's Eve would be the Central World Square, along with hundreds of thousands (you read that right) of others. Watch highlights of celebrations from around the world on big screens, enjoy live concerts, and at midnight, see the city's own firework display.
As you might expect from a party city, the fun doesn't stop at midnight, with plenty of bars and nightclubs filled with revellers.
No Fireworks, No New Year
The recurring theme for all major cities around the world is to have a countdown, and fireworks at midnight (and rightly so!). Finding out how each city varies from there can be an adventure all by itself. One thing that is true for all cities, not just the five above, is that you can definitely ring in the new year in style and get that same feeling you might get back home.