Sydney, Australia, is the first major city to celebrate the new year at midnight. Sydney Harbour's Opera House and Harbour Bridge frame the main fireworks display.

1. Sydney, Australia

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Taipei, Taiwan's capital, hosts a spectacular New Year's Eve. Tiger Mountain (for distance viewing), National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the busy Xinyi Commercial District are good places to see the event.

2. Taipei, Taiwan

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Bangkok leads Asia's nightlife rankings. If you appreciate crowds, bright lights, commotion, and partying, it's a natural place to celebrate the new year.

3. Bangkok, Thailand

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At New Year's Eve, Dubai's Burj Khalifa is one of the world's most impressive towers.

4. Dubai, UAE

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Cape Town is Africa's and the world's most scenic city. Fireworks enhance New Year's Eve.

5. Cape Town, South Africa

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New Year's Eve has sound. The Three Tenors concert at Caravita, an international English-speaking Catholic church, on New Year's Eve and Night.

6. Rome, Italy

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The London Eye's South Bank pyrotechnics on New Year's Eve are set against stately London.

7. London, England

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Rio de Janeiro is the place to celebrate the new year with 3 million others on a warm beach. The major Copacabana Beach event begins before dusk with music and fireworks.

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Times Square. It's the US's New Year's Eve. You've probably seen the ball drop on TV if you're not there.

9. New York, U.S.

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The Strip is closed to cars and pedestrians for a Vegas-worthy celebration. At midnight, casinos' rooftops explode with pyrotechnics. From the Stratosphere Tower, you can see the show.

10.  Las Vegas, Nevada

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