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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Shanghai, China
4D lighting on a building at the Bund as part of the New Year celebrations in Shanghai, China

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A modern light show is staged on the historical buildings at the bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, east China

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More than 200,000 people witnessed the light show and New Year countdown in Shanghai on Monday night

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Shanghai doesn't disappoint with its amazing 4D light display against historical buildings
Big bang: Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London
Big bang: Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London

Magnificent: Fireworks over the iconic London Eye marking the coming of the New Year in Central London
Magnificent: Fireworks over the iconic London Eye marking the coming of the New Year in Central London

Green with envy: The fireworks offered a beautiful spectrum from violet to emerald
Green with envy: The fireworks offered a beautiful spectrum from violet to emerald
Fireworks explode beside Vienna's giant ferris wheel Wiener Riesenrad at Prater park during New Year
Fireworks explode beside Vienna's giant ferris wheel Wiener Riesenrad at Prater park during New Year

Spectacular: Fireworks light up the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as the German city welcomed in the New year
Spectacular: Fireworks light up the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as the German city welcomed in the New year

An amazing spectacle of fireworks lights up the sky behind the Quadriga statue on top of the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight on January 1, 2013 in Berlin, Germany
An amazing spectacle of fireworks lights up the sky behind the Quadriga statue on top of the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight on January 1, 2013 in Berlin, Germany

Dramatic: Fireworks explode during New Year celebrations over the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Dramatic: Fireworks explode during New Year celebrations over the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

The sky over the city of Dresden, Germany, was also lit up with fireworks as thousands gathered in the city to celebrate the turn of the year
The sky over the city of Dresden, Germany, was also lit up with fireworks as thousands gathered in the city to celebrate the turn of the year
New Year celebrations in Warsaw, Poland as 2013 is welcomed with a bang
New Year celebrations in Warsaw, Poland as 2013 is welcomed with a bang
Muted: Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon during New Year celebrations in Athens
Muted: Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon during New Year celebrations in Athens

Optimistic: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised Greeks that the worst of the financial crisis is past, and declared 2013 a 'year of hope'
Optimistic: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised Greeks that the worst of the financial crisis is past, and declared 2013 a 'year of hope'
Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during New Year's celebrations
Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during New Year's celebrations

Happy: Revellers write the number 2013 with sparklers during the Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh
Happy: Revellers write the number 2013 with sparklers during the Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius
Revellers take to the Champs Elysee to see in the New Year in Paris, France
Revellers take to the Champs Elysee to see in the New Year in Paris, France
People toast with a bottle of Champagne as they celebrate the New Year on the Trocadero square beside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, early on January 1, 2013
People toast with a bottle of Champagne as they celebrate the New Year on the Trocadero square beside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, early on January 1, 2013
Fireworks erupt over the Naples skyline in southern Italy as 2013 arrives
Fireworks erupt over the Naples skyline in southern Italy as 2013 arrives
Fireworks light up the ancient Colisseum in central Rome's via dei Fori just after midnight
Fireworks light up the ancient Colisseum in central Rome's via dei Fori just after midnight



A couple kiss ahead of New Year celebrations at Times Square in New York
A couple kiss ahead of New Year celebrations at Times Square in New York

Revellers cheer after receiving balloons as they stand in Times Square before celebrating the New Year in New York
Revellers cheer after receiving balloons as they stand in Times Square before celebrating the New Year in New York

The fireworks explode as the Waterford crystal ball is raised at the beginning of Times Square's New Year's celebration earlier
The fireworks explode as the Waterford crystal ball is raised at the beginning of Times Square's New Year's celebration earlier
Sisters, from left, Gabbi and Chloe Iuliano and their friend Serena Naraval wear New Year's Eve party hats and glasses as they watch the Gator Bowl Parade in Jacksonville, Florida
Sisters, from left, Gabbi and Chloe Iuliano and their friend Serena Naraval wear New Year's Eve party hats and glasses as they watch the Gator Bowl Parade in Jacksonville, Florida

Revellers gather in New York's Times Square as Americans prepare to welcome in the New Year
Revellers gather in New York's Times Square as Americans prepare to welcome in the New Year
Egyptians dance on a pleasure boat travelling on the River Nile during New Year's Eve celebrations near Tahrir Square in Cairo
Egyptians dance on a pleasure boat travelling on the River Nile during New Year's Eve celebrations near Tahrir Square in Cairo
Fireworks explode over and around the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during New Year celebrations on January 1
Fireworks explode over and around the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during New Year celebrations on January 1
Bright: The Sydney Harbour Bridge looks impressive surrounded by colourful fireworks
Bright: The Sydney Harbour Bridge looks impressive surrounded by colourful fireworks
Colourful: Spectator boats in Sydney Harbour look on as the New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Colourful: Spectator boats in Sydney Harbour look on as the New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Extravagant: Sydney's balmy summer night was lit up by 7 tons of fireworks which were fired from roof tops and barges, many cascading from the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Extravagant: Sydney's balmy summer night was lit up by 7 tons of fireworks which were fired from roof tops and barges, many cascading from the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Expensive: The firework display in Sydney cost 6.6 million Australian dollars
Expensive: The firework display in Sydney cost 6.6 million Australian dollars



Beautiful: Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square
Beautiful: Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square

Looking forward: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an optimistic New Year's Eve address, making no reference to the anti-government protests that have occurred in his country in the past year
Looking forward: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an optimistic New Year's Eve address, making no reference to the anti-government protests that have occurred in his country in the past year
Fireworks illuminate the sky around, Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during celebrations for the new year 2013 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fireworks illuminate the sky around, Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world during celebrations for the new year 2013 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stunning: Fireworks illuminate the sky around Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during celebrations in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Thrilling: Taiwan welcomes in the New Year with a fireworks display on the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei
Thrilling: Taiwan welcomes in the New Year with a fireworks display on the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei

Fireworks explode from Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei
Fireworks explode from Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei
Bold: The tallest skyscraper in Taiwan was a fitting choice for this spectacular firework display
Fireworks illuminate Burj Khalifa while thousands of people gather to celebrate the New Year at midnight in Dubai
Fireworks illuminate Burj Khalifa while thousands of people gather to celebrate the New Year at midnight in Dubai


Incredible: A stunning lightshow illuminates the Summer Palace during a new year countdown event in Beijing
Incredible: A stunning lightshow illuminates the Summer Palace during a new year countdown event in Beijing
Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbour as celebrating the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong
Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbour as celebrating the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong

Honk Kong went off with a bang to celebrate New Year with this spectacular fireworks display
Hong Kong went off with a bang to celebrate New Year with this spectacular fireworks display

Exciting: Fireworks explode near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
Exciting: Fireworks explode near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
A man watches fireworks explode during New Year celebrations in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A man watches fireworks explode during New Year celebrations in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Packed: Thousands of people flocked to the main business district to celebrate the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia
Packed: Thousands of people flocked to the main business district to celebrate the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia

Spectacular: Fireworks light up the sky over the Marina Bay in Singapore
Spectacular: Fireworks light up the sky over the Marina Bay in Singapore
Celebration: Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines
Celebration: Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines
Historic: People cheer loudly as they welcome the 2013 New Year at the first ever public New Year Countdown celebration at Myoma grounds in Yangon, Mayanmar - also known as Burma
Historic: People cheer loudly as they welcome the 2013 New Year at the first ever public New Year Countdown celebration at Myoma grounds in Yangon, Mayanmar - also known as Burma
Fun: People gather to release 1,000 balloons to celebrate the New Year's during an annual countdown ceremony in Tokyo
Fun: People gather to release 1,000 balloons to celebrate the New Year's during an annual countdown ceremony in Tokyo
Original: The year 2013 is written with sparklers in front of the New Palace in Stuttgart, Germany
Original: The year 2013 is written with sparklers in front of the New Palace in Stuttgart, Germany


Pupils stand to form the shape of '2013' as they wait for the arrival of the new year at Jiujiang Elementary School in Jiangxi Province, China
Pupils stand to form the shape of '2013' as they wait for the arrival of the new year at Jiujiang Elementary School in Jiangxi Province, China
Balinese dancers perform as they take part in a cultural parade during a New Year's Eve celebration
Balinese dancers perform as they take part in a cultural parade during a New Year's Eve celebration

The traditional dance was held at a main road in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
The traditional dance was held at a main road in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Colourful: Balinese dancers perform their traditional dance to welcome in 2013
Colourful: Balinese dancers perform their traditional dance to welcome in 2013



Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Last sun of 2012: An Indian vendor sells balloons as the sunsets in Siliguri on December 31
Last sun of 2012: An Indian vendor sells balloons as the sun sets in Siliguri on December 31

An Indian vendor inflates balloons as the sunsets in Siliguri, West Bengal, India
An Indian vendor inflates balloons as the sunsets in Siliguri, West Bengal, India


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