Celebrate CNY in the highlands

RWG leisure and hospitality executive vice-president Datuk Edward Holloway. Photos by LOW LAY PHON/The Star.

WHETHER it’s great entertainment, good food or the cool weather, there is always a good reason to visit Genting Highlands.

Resorts World Genting’s (RWG) fun tag line “It’s Always Happening At Genting” continues to ring true with the entertainment hub’s “Chinese New Year in the Sky” celebrations after the “Magical Winter Wonderland Christmas and New Year” festivities.

Under the cool breeze, visitors can usher in the Year of the Metal Rat in style with immersive vibrant decorations dominated by adorable rat figurines, complemented by exciting festive events at the hilltop resort.

“This is the second year that we have created Chinese New Year in the Sky, a tag line used very successfully, so this year we up the ante with 10 days of extensive entertainment programmes.

“From spectacular stage performances to delicious goodies and technical marvels, our hope is that all our guests will start their new year and the new Chinese zodiac cycle with an abundance of joy, happiness and prosperity, ” RWG leisure and hospitality executive vice-president Datuk Edward Holloway told the media.

Holloway added that RWG recorded the highest arrival of 150,000 visitors on the second day of Chinese New Year last year.

“With the wide range of festive offerings and the latest Sky VR attractions here, we are confident of surpassing the number of visitors by another 10% compared to last year.

“Follow the GohTong Walk trail that will take you to eight different areas from KimHua Atrium to the Hilltop Walkway, Arena of Stars, Metro Park, Metro City, Madras Lane, SkySymphony and GohTong Jaya Baru, for a comprehensive festive experience, ” he added.

The celebration starts from the eve of Chinese New Year on Jan 24 right up to Feb 2.One of the main highlights, Holloway said, would be the Chinese New Year Carnival at the outdoor Metro Park and Metro City on Jan 24.

“It will be a magnificent three-hour countdown party from 10pm to 1am featuring a deejay, energetic dancers, God of Prosperity, fairies and an LED dragon dance, followed by a dragon parade with a laser show, firecrackers and fireworks, if weather permits, ” said Holloway.

The merriment will continue from the first day of Chinese New Year on Jan 25 to Feb 2 with daily shows at 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 6.30pm showcasing a medley of dance, music and sights.

The Regal Orchestra will serenade all with special appearances by 12 Chinese zodiac animals accompanied by the God of Prosperity. Admission is free.

Firecrackers will be lit daily at 7.30 pm at Gazebo in Metro Park followed by a dragon parade comprising an LED dragon dance, lion dance, 12 Chinese zodiac animals, God of Prosperity and Genting Highland Heroes at the same time and 9.30pm.

Those who love ice skating can do so at the ice skating rink. Admission is RM30 per person from Monday to Thursday and RM35 from Friday to Sunday. Price is inclusive of skates, socks and gloves.

The open-air Star Lake cinema is a great place to sit back and relax, where classic Chinese New Year movies will be screened three times daily at 3pm, 5pm and 10.30pm.

Visitors can also indulge in delicious street food from the food trucks serving dumplings, oyster omelette, oyster mee suah, sausages, Taiwanese snacks and ice cream, among others.

Over at SkyAvenue is the ever-popular SkySymphony, taking viewers through the tale of the Zodiac Great Race where the Jade Emperor determined the order of the 12 animal signs in ancient times, with the Rat pipping the rest to be the first sign of the zodiac cycle.

The SkySymphony stage, decked in red and gold with adorable rat figurines, along with the four-storey wraparound LED screens, will leave visitors in awe with its breathtaking visual storytelling through 1,001-winch ball system and a theatre of lights and sounds.

At KimHua Atrium, 12 animal zodiacs will be making their special appearance with five Gods of Prosperity at 11am and 4.30pm daily.

Visitors can also get up close and personal with the Genting Highland Heroes, dressed in red and gold splendour just for the occasion, at 1pm, 2pm, 4pm and 5pm daily.

Those interested in festive goodies, including RWG’s pineapple tarts, can head to the Chinese New Year bazaar located at Madras Lane at SkyTropolis and Hilltop Walkway next to KimHua Atrium. The festive bazaar is open from noon to 8pm (Monday to Thursday) and noon to 10pm (Friday to Sunday).

The young ones can hop onto the Heroes Adventure Train Ride located at SkyTropolis which will take passengers to the Light Tunnel, Jungle Jam, Candyland and Spookadilly. The ride is free with a minimum spend of RM30 in the resort.

Meanwhile, Skytropolis offers value-for-

money packages such as the Combo A that comes with tickets to Skytropolis, one XD Theatre game, Senikome and one experience at Adventureland for just RM100. If you are a fan of The Void, Combo C comes with one ticket to The Void, Skytropolis and Senikome for RM160 while VR fans can consider Combo 3 at RM117 comprising one SkyWay and Express ticket and 100 credits for SkyVR experiences.Arena of Stars will be the place to be at noon, 3pm and 6pm to witness the grand Chinese New Year Prosperity Show and lion dance performance by internationally acclaimed Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association. Admission is free.

Additionally, concert-goers can attend the Chinese New Year Eve Show off Show happening on Jan 24 at Arena of Stars, ringing in the Year of Rat with local celebrities, including Jack Lim, Mei Yan, Jieying Tha, Juztin Lan, Yoke Chen and Jack Yap, along with performances by The Painters, illusionist Kenneth Wong, The Hands Percussion, Psycusix and Oriental Jutsu.

Tickets are priced at RM596 (VIP), RM296 (PS1) and RM166 (PS2), with an additional RM4 processing fee. Genting Rewards Card members are entitled a 10% discount via cash, credit card or Genting Points redemption for VIP and PS1 tickets.

The Genting Skyway and Awana Skyway will be extended from 7am to 1am from Jan 24 to Feb 2.

For details, call 03-2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

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