Fortune favours the bold

Standing tall: A majestic tiger overlooks the other 11 zodiac animals at the oval concourse in 1Utama shopping centre in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Malls in the Klang Valley are welcoming the Year of the Tiger with decorations that showcase a mix of old-world charm and modern interpretations of the Chinese New Year festival.

Decked out in different themes and styles, each mall has transformed key areas into picturesque spaces.

Visitors can take in an array of cherry blossom trees, vibrant flowers, traditional lanterns and structures inspired by ancient Chinese architecture during this festive season.

In Petaling Jaya, central to 1Utama shopping centre’s “Regal Kingdom of Spring” theme is a 6m-tall gold-plated tiger standing majestically on a giant rock in the oval concourse.The magnificent creature overlooks the 11 other Chinese zodiac animals decorated with gold coins and ingots, traditional paper cutting art panels and elegant gold lanterns.

Visitors to the mall’s Teochew Town at its centre court will feel like they have stepped back in time or onto the set of a period drama at the very least, as it features a 9m-long Oriental Pavilion surrounded by beautiful peonies reminiscent of communal areas back in the day.

At The Curve, the Chinese character for tiger, hu, has been incorporated into its theme – “WooHu It’s a Roaring Celebration!”

Not only does a large “WooHu” sign greet visitors to the mall, but also myriad crimson lanterns and pink cherry blossom trees.

Boustead Properties Bhd property management and investment senior general manager Jazmi Kamarudin said the mall wanted to welcome visitors with auspicious red-coloured decorations, which symbolised happiness and good fortune for its patrons.

“We hope everyone has a chance to make memorable memories as they start the new lunar year,” he added.

Meanwhile, those heading to Atria Shopping Gallery will find five adorable tiger lanterns at its centre court for its “Splendour of Spring” theme.

The cheerful and illuminated tigers represent love, longevity, happiness, wealth and blessings.

In Kuala Lumpur, Fahrenheit88 adds a modern touch to ancient Chinese scholarly aspirations of the four arts – music, strategy, calligraphy and painting – under its “Arts in Harmony” theme.

Visitors can take a closer look at a guqin (seven-string instrument), play a game of chess, test one’s calligraphy skills and admire the Chinese paintings on display.

An exhibition featuring 60 pieces of calligraphy art and lanterns by award-winning calligrapher and Inti Centre of Art and Design lecturer Tee Ying Jie is also held in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Meanwhile, the centre court of Suria KLCC has been turned into an ancient Chinese royal palace with intricate garden landscaping that includes a lotus pond.

Two imperial guardian lions carved out of stone are stationed at the entrance to the grounds, while traditional lanterns and cherry blossoms complete the ambience.

Over at Mid Valley Megamall, visitors will find a host of lanterns adorning its centre court, adding cheer to the brightly-lit space.

Festive melodies fill the air here as the Oriental Chamber Orchestra plays a selection while shoppers visit the mall’s Wishing Tree to place their new year wishes.

In the meantime, those visiting Berjaya Times Square will notice that the mall has taken its inspiration from a traditional Chinese teahouse.

It also has unique displays on different aspects of the Chinese culture, including calligraphy and tea ceremony, as well as six tables filled with traditional dishes set up for a reunion dinner.

In Shah Alam, Setia City Mall’s “Majestic Garden of Dreams” features a vibrant lily pond with a family of tigers and their cub taking centre stage.

A red pagoda decked out with red lanterns and a large number of flowers completes the Instagrammable scene.

Last but not least, an abundance of pink cherry blossoms and lanterns adorn the main areas in Klang Parade, Klang.

A bold red backdrop and generous use of auspicious colours represent its hope for a positive start to the year ahead.

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