2015 Chinese New Year – Part 1

Soon we will be saying good bye to the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of Goat or some might call it Sheep or even Ram.  Personally, I am looking forward to welcoming the goat as the Year of the Horse wasn’t really a great year for Malaysia.

The festive mood is already prevalent with shops stocking up on various items for Chinese New Year, festive songs being played on radio and shopping malls putting up decorations to welcome the Year of The Goat.

I managed to capture the various decorations put up by the shopping malls around PJ and KL.  This blog post will focus on the malls around PJ.

As it’ll be the Year of the Goat, ‘Cheery Wolly Spring’ is the theme of Sunway Pyramid’s decorations.

Sunway Pyramid’s Goat theme CNY decor

The centre court is turned into a farm where the fluffy sheep are ‘free’ to roam and graze.  Colourful yarn baubles glow from above while the fences and central pavilion are intricately woven with the same colourful yarn.

The attraction for visitors, especially the kids are definitely the adorable and colourful sheep.

These adorable sheep are the kids’ favourites

Full bloom cherry blossoms and potted flowers in various multiple colours give an air that spring has arrived :).

This year, 1-Utama Shopping Centre redeemed themselves with a very different Chinese Opera theme decoration.  I thought it was a great idea as youngsters nowadays probably don’t even know about this traditional art form.

Five gigantic figures depicting different roles from a typical Chinese Opera show are strategically placed in the centre court with ample space for visitors to walk about easily.

These 5 larger than life figures greet visitors at the Centre Court in 1-Utama

The main male role or Sheng (生) takes centrestage surrounded by the 4 different main female roles or Dan (旦)

The only male role or Sheng (生) figures

Stalls are placed between these larger than life figures.  Unlike previous years, there is no structured stall set-up, enhancing the spaciousness of the centre court.

Shoppers busy shopping for CNY items

Visitors can also see other colourful characters at various different parts of the mall.

The Curve also has a unique theme this year – the centre court is transformed into a Chinese fishing village, Xi Yang Yang Fishing Village.

Xi Yang Yang Fishing Village, The Curve

The mall really goes all out to give visitors an authentic fishing village feel with wooden platforms and houses with zinc roofs, similar to that of a typical Chinese fishing village.  Red lanterns are hung around the village to welcome Spring festival.

Fishing nets, buoys and storage boxes outside one of the houses

In every fishing village, one definitely can find seafood restaurants – visitors to Xi Yang Yang Fishing Village can dine in Kedai Makanan Laut Prosperity.

After a nice seafood meal, visitors to the village can shop for dried seafood products such as satay fish and keropok.

There is even live fish swimming in the ‘sea’ and visitors can go for ‘river cruise’ in one of the two boats moored at the jetty.

Will be sharing more in my coming blog post…………………..


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