Chinese New Year decor and music delight shoppers at major Selangor malls

Towering icons: Gigantic replicas of opera characters (foreground) and a God of Prosperity at 1Utama Shopping Centre.

Major shopping malls in Selangor have pulled out all the stops when it comes to putting up festive decorations to usher in Chinese New Year.

The Curve in Petaling Jaya has set up a traditional Chinese floating village with little stilt houses supposedly by the sea.

Shoppers will be able to walk around the Village of Happiness, which even has a water feature and fish swimming beneath.

Over at eCurve, the Centre Atrium has been transformed into a Shanghai-inspired performance hall, known as the Paris of the Orient.

There is a two-tiered pink, purple and gold coloured stage where various performances will take place.

Meanwhile, over at 1Utama Shopping Centre, gigantic replicas of the God of Prosperity and four other Chinese opera characters greet shoppers.

Tribute to Chinese heritage: IOI Putrajaya City Mall’s centrepiece themed Courtyard of Treasures and a Tradition of Plentiful.
Tribute to Chinese heritage: IOI Putrajaya City Mall’s centrepiece themed Courtyard of Treasures and a Tradition of Plentiful.

Adapted from the Beijing Opera, the four characters represent Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Each character is dressed in vibrant colours and with full makeup to portray wealth, luck, good health and harmony.

The spring mood at the mall is illuminated further through oriental lanterns and gold-sequined Chinese sayings to bring fortune and good luck.

Relive the old days in Shanghai at Tropicana City Mall through antique displays and posters.

In the main concourse is a stage built to resemble the era where Chinese New Year performances will be staged.

Red lanterns and cloth lining the mall add to the nostalgia.

Sunway Pyramids Chinese New Year decorations
Sunway Pyramids Chinese New Year decorations.

At IOI Putrajaya City Mall, the Siheyuen mood comes alive at the ‘Courtyard of Treasures and a Tradition of Plentiful’, with heritage and traditional lifestyle on display.

Located at the mall’s lower-ground centre court, imperial courtyard dwellings have been built according to the traditional concepts of the five elements that make up the universe.

Visitors who walk through the traditional structure will feel like they have been transported to the olden days.

For a cuddly time, head over to Sunway Pyramid for a Cheery Woolly Spring as the mall is dotted with fluffy sheep.

Bright yarn baubles glow from the ceiling while more colourful yarn has been woven through makeshift fences and huts around the mall.

In Subang Parade, the positive traits of the goat such as wisdom, gentleness and compassion is reflected through the theme of Double-Double Celebration.

The mall is also filled with red lanterns and big traditional fans along with beautiful cherry blossoms.

Meanwhile over in Empire Shopping Gallery, walk under the clouds around the mall and soak in their decorations themed Prosperity in the Clouds.

In Chinese tradition, clouds are viewed as auspicious symbols as the Chinese pronunciation for the word cloud can also mean luck or fortune.

Empire looks to change the luck of their visitors for the better, with the presence of clouds all around.

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