Not sure what to do other than eat and watch reruns of old Chinese movies this Lunar New Year? Why not visit these malls in the Klang Valley and enjoy the festive decor inspired by Chinese heritage and tradition.

With bursts of spring colours and the very ong shades of red, yellow and gold, their decors will get you and your family into the festive spirit to welcome the Year of the Rat.

Here are eight malls you should visit this Chinese New Year (CNY) 2020!

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have joined in the festivities this CNY! Inspired by the musical box, the giant Mickey and Minnie sculptures will put on a “performance” every hour rotating and twirling in tandem. Even the red lanterns are hung and arranged in the shape of Mickey, so do drop by if you are a fan! The Cultural Village at Centre Court, Level 2 also offers interactive pop-ups, delightful photo opportunities and various activities.

Suria KLCC

The mall has created the tallest pagoda replica in Malaysia at the KLCC Esplanade, just steps away from the Petronas Twin Towers. At 21.7m tall and certified by the Malaysia Book of Records, the majestic octagonal-shape Chinese pagoda makes a great backdrop for a photo in the family album.

Berjaya Times Square, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Adorned with gorgeous pink cherry blossoms, the mall has been transformed into a pretty floral garden with a palatial pavilion. Shoppers will also be entertained by weekend performances of Chinese orchestra, Chinese flower dance and God of Prosperity walkabout.

Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway, Selangor

Synonymous with the colour of royalty, Sunway Pyramid has taken on a glittering gold theme of the Bank of Fortune to usher in prosperity in the Year of the Rat. During the New Year, gold is often presented to loved ones as an auspicious gift, signifying blessings and good luck. Lion Dance enthusiasts can enjoy performances every weekend at 3pm.

Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

Partnering LEGO, Mid Valley has brought to life a vibrant village market at the Centre Court. There are many activities for shoppers visiting the village market including exciting workshops, rewarding games, and even a special wishing wall.

1 Utama Shopping Centre Bandar Utama, Selangor 

Shoppers are greeted with the Golden Wishing Tree Garden that represents longevity, prosperity and good fortune. Placed in the heart of the garden is an ornamental pavilion decorated with festive lanterns, cherry blossoms and golden oriental arches that offer stunning backdrops for Instagram pictures with friends and family.

The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Mid Valley Megamall’s sister mall, The Gardens Mall carries a slightly more traditional decor style. Regarded as a symbol of hope, paper cranes take centre stage this year in line with its decor theme called “On the Wings of Hope”. The beautiful and meticulously folded origami cranes bear the best wishes for a great year ahead.

NU Sentral Mall, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

The mall has chosen “Yī Fān Fēng Shùn” as its theme, which means “smooth-sailing through any obstacles” in Chinese. Using traditional Chinese watercraft, auspicious red lanterns, Chinese traditional drums and lotus flowers, they symbolise the propitious wind that flows throughout the upcoming journey through 2020.

This story first appeared in the pullout on Jan 17, 2019. You can access back issues here.

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