People celebrate New Year in Vietnam (photos, drone video)

Tuoi Tre News offers photos and a drone video showing how people in Vietnam’s major cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as elsewhere across the country, celebrated the arrival of the New Year

Ho Chi Minh City residents could still get clear views of the fireworks show at the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 from afar on December 31, 2014.

Tuoi Tre News offers photos and a drone video showing how people in Vietnam’s major cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as elsewhere across the country, celebrated the arrival of the New Year.

In the southern city, people thronged to streets in the downtown area from late Wedensday evening.

They posed with groups of friends and families for pictures on the gorgeously illuminated streets and artificial arrangements.

At 0:00 on Thursday, New Year’s Day, everyone burst into joy as  fireworks were catapulted from the helipad on the 52nd floor and the rooftop of the Bitexco Financial Tower – a 68-story skyscraper at 45 Ngo Duc Ke Street, District 1 – as well as from the Bitexco Office Building (BOB), at 19-25 Nguyen Hue Street.
 
The 15-minute pyrotechnic show was accompanied by sound and 3D laser performances.

3D laser lighting systems had been installed atop the tower, the BOB building, and Tan Hai Long 3 Hotel on Ho Tung Mau Street.

Video of spectacular Ho Chi Minh City fireworks, shot from a drone camera

The boisterous celebratory atmosphere was also pervasive in Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Da Nang.

In Hai Phong, the glittery streets were packed by 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

People poured into the square of the city’s Municipal Theater for a special New Year’s show, as well as other scenic spots.

Members of a local volunteer group called the Trai Tim Viet (Vietnamese Hearts) Club scattered across many streets, giving homeless people milk, food, sweaters, and warmth and joy in the New Year.

For the past several years, the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area in Hue City of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has become a popular venue for foreigners and local youngsters to celebrate the event.

Tourists filled the streets, which were lined with well-illuminated restaurants and bars just after New Year’s Eve.

“Hue has been quite serene in the past few days due to the rain. To my and other tourists’ surprise, the city wakes up so vividly in a festive atmosphere on New Year’s Eve,” commented Maudvdkar, a Dutch tourist.

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A spectacular fireworks show, with materials and technology imported from France, was organized at the Bitexco Financial Tower, Ho Chi Minh City’s current tallest skyscraper, in the downtown area on New Year’s Eve.

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A foreign couple are shown exchanging a passionate traditional New Year kiss.

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A foreigner is seen sending her New Year wishes in a lighted flower-shaped lantern.

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The Han River Bridge, one of Da Nang City's icons, glitters on New Year's Eve.

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Ho Chi Minh City sparkles on New Year’s Eve.

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Apart from the hundreds of thousands of spectators who flocked to the streets and bridges in Ho Chi Minh City on New Year’s Eve, a number of local residents and tourists chose to watch the gorgeous fireworks shows on speedboats.

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A spectacular fireworks show, with materials and technology imported from France, was organized at the Bitexco Financial Tower, Ho Chi Minh City’s current tallest skyscraper, in the downtown area on New Year’s Eve.

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The countdown moment in Hanoi

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Two members of the Trai Tim Viet (Vietnamese Hearts) Club in northern Vietnam's Hai Phong City are pictured gifting milk and warm clothing to a homeless man on New Year's Eve.

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