Australians have been among the first to bid farewell to the old year and ring in the new. Sydney celebrated the arrival of 2007 in spectacular style with enormous fireworks display lighting up the sky. Such scenes will be repeated many times over as the New Year dawns around the world. Hong Kong and the Taiwanese capital Taipei have also been welcoming in the New Year. Huge crowds took to the streets in both cities in the festivities.
World welcomes in 2007