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Thursday January 15, 2009
By OH ING YEEN and CHRISTINA LOW
Despite the economic slowdown, Chinese New Year celebrations are in full bloom as shopping malls deck themselves in shades of red and pink with cherry blossoms and lanterns galore. Strains of festive music can be heard and, judging by the crowd, it is still a time to enjoy.
TODAY, the spotlight is on the malls in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Sungei Wang Plaza chose a village setting this year, to portray the Ox hard at work in the padi fields. Themed the Ox-Picious Spring Festival, the main entrance and the concourse area gives shoppers a glimpse into a farmer’s life complete with the day’s crops. Besides arts and craft exhibitions, the China Beijing Youth Acrobatic Troupe will be performing at the mall till Jan 19.
Great Eastern Mall
The Great Eastern Mall in Kuala Lumpur goes traditional with a Chinese Kampung complete with pots, plates and furniture for the festival.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Those heading to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur should not miss the chance to touch the mall’s huge golden bull for good luck. It stands in a charging position at the Bintang entrance greeting shoppers at the start of the Pink Blossom Walk where cherry blossom trees bring the spirit of Spring alive. Shoppers can catch the world champion Kun Seng Keng lion dance troupe in action every weekend till Jan 28.
Berjaya Times Square
Cherry blossoms are in the air as they fill the lobby level of the mall alongside giant replicas of traditional lanterns and gold coins to signify the arrival of the festival. The shopping centre brings performance such as the Traditional Chinese Instrumental Group, Eight Prosperity Drums, Chinese prosperity Dance and Children Mei Hua Dance till Feb 9.
Bangsar Shopping Centre
A scene from the movie King Fu Panda was adapted by Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) and the newly renovated East Wing area is filled with Chinese delicacies and festive plants along the walkways while its West Wing Concourse offers a wide array of ornaments, fashion accessories, soft furnishings, gift hampers and many other unique decorative items.
At Suria KLCC, decorations are simpler with traditional Chinese red lanterns to symbolise the New Year together with a huge Chinese word, Fook, which symbolises luck in the middle of its concourse area.
Cap Square, a new dining hotspot, also livens up with Chinese Calligraphy Demos, Chinese Acrobatic and Mask Changing shows, and Chinese Classical Music performances till Jan 22.
Cheras Leisure Mall
Cheras Leisure Mall is decorated with delicate flowers and rich colours to create a joyful and fun shopping experience. The God of Prosperity mascot makes an appearance every Sunday while the Sichuan Opera Arts Performances are held every Saturday and Sunday.
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