From old Shanghai and dragon sculptures to blossoming gardens and heritage towns, shopping malls around the Klang Valley have gone all out to usher in a memorable Chinese New Year – falling on February 10 this year and ending on February 24 on the Lantern Festival.
The Chinese zodiac is a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs and their attributes, based on the lunar calendar. The Year of the Rabbit began on January 22, 2023, and is set to end on February 9. The next day marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.
Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, begins with the new moon and lasts until the following full moon. It’s a time for feasting and to honor household and heavenly deities, in addition to ancestors, reported USA Today.
Suria KLCC is one of the most prominent shopping destinations in the Klang Valley, with its prime location under the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. This year, the mall is bringing back the good old Shanghai street from the 1920s to 1930s.
The setup also features rickshaws, a vintage car and an old cinema playing clips from famous classic Chinese films. The main attraction, however, is located at The Esplanade area where a 60-foot 3D dragon sculpture stands in all its glory.
Pavilion KL is located in the bustling streets of Bukit Bintang. The premier shopping mall has chosen ‘Dragon Dynasty’ as their main theme this year, with five dragons placed around the location. The pathway towards the Centre Court includes a red carpet and lanterns.
Pavilion KL recorded nearly 49 million visitors in the last year alone. The shopping mall seeks to continue to distinguish itself amongst other malls through its innovative decorations. This includes making the best use out of their LED screens.
The Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Bukit Bintang City Centre (LaLaport BBCC) didn’t hold back on the Chinese New Year decor either. The up and coming mall in the Klang Valley has decided to go with the theme of Blossoming Spring Garden.
Their decorations are smaller in scale compared to some of the major shopping malls. But LaLaport BBCC makes the best use of their space by placing a twin dragon sculpture at their entrance – also symbolising their second year anniversary, reported Malay Mail.
Nonetheless, the list of aforementioned shopping malls is by no means a definitive list of places for Chinese New Year vibes. Other malls that are worth checking out include the newly opened The Exchange TRX and Mid Valley Megamall for their Prosperous Persimmon theme.