Asia welcomes 2012 with fireworks, lasers and 'meteors'

Hong Kong celebrated the arrival of the new year with a firework show involving 11 buildings on the city's waterfront. 9:00PM GMT 31 Dec 2011 More than 400,000 spectators at Victoria Harbour watched a four-minute choreographed show, featuring "meteor showers" for revellers to make wishes for an auspicious new year. Meanwhile in Taiwan tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the world's second tallest building to welcome 2012. The landmark Taipei 101 building provided the backdrop for a firework show, followed by an evening of concerts and performances. In Beijing thousands of people also watched the city's first official New Year's Eve countdown. Organisers said about 3,500 pre-selected students, tourists and guests took part in the event at the historic Temple of Heaven. The crowd shouted in unison as the last seconds of 2011 ticked away on numbers projected onto the 600-year-old building. As the first seconds of 2012 clocked in, laser lights lit up the imperial temple and red balloons rose to the sky among green laser beams and gold confetti. Despite fireworks being invented in China, none were let off at the ceremony. In a statement, organisers said that they were not environmentally friendly.

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