4. Hong Kong: The Old and New
Hong Kong is a big, bustling city with a mix of traditions and cultures. You can celebrate in Hong Kong’s own Times Square, which does a mini-version of New York’s ball drop. And the massive fireworks show over Victoria Harbour is world famous. (If you don’t want to miss the show, but don’t want to have to fight the crowds, make reservations at one of the five-star restaurants serving New Year’s Eve dinners, like Aqua, with a view overlooking the harbor.) Along with traditional rituals, like the lighting of incense sticks, Hong Kong is also known for its extravagant parties, like the Alice in Wonderland party at the Pawn, or the 10 countdowns in 30 hours celebration on a ship at the massive Lost in Time Festival.