Posted on Feb 2nd, 2018

6 Things To Do During Chinese New Year In KL

Not sure what to do in Kuala Lumpur this Chinese New Year? This holiday holds a special importance for Chinese communities all over the world and is celebrated as a splendid annual festival of blessings and prosperity. In Kuala Lumpur, the festival is one of the largest events of the year, marking the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This 2018, find out how you can get in on the celebrations and usher in the Chinese year of the Dog in Kuala Lumpur!

1. Visit Petaling Street Chinatown

What better place to spend the Chinese New Year than in a place that basically screams China? Yes, the Petaling Street area (also known as Chinatown) is one of the best places to be to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here you can visit and admire the ornate decades-old Chinese temples, join in the prayers, catch the famous lion dance performances, and watch the sky illuminate with colourful alluring fireworks. You’ll be thrilled to see all the shopping malls with Chinese New Year themes being highlighted.

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2. Catch Chinese New Year Decorations in Shopping Malls

Visiting shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur during the holiday seasons is an event in itself. The malls in Kuala Lumpur are known for their wonderful and over-the-top holiday decorations throughout the year and Chinese New Year is no exception!

Walk into an experience like no other with fun photo spots, interactive displays, games, merchant kiosks and so much more. Some malls may even have a whole line up of events happening so don't forget to check out traditional lion dance performances, Chinese acrobatics, and even 'ang pow' (red packets) giveaways!

Some popular shopping malls with Chinese New Year themes to catch these would be Sunway Putra Mall, 1 Utama, Mid Valley Megamall, Sunway Pyramid, Pavilion, and of course none other than Suria KLCC.

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3. Go Out for a Traditional 'Yee Sang' Meal in Kuala Lumpur

“Yee Sang” or “Yusheng” is a Cantonese-style raw fish salad consisting of strips of raw fish (sometimes salmon), shredded vegetables, sauces, and condiments. It symbolizes abundance, prosperity and vigor. The Chinese New Year reunion dinner is a revered custom to be observed on this occasion. Relatives from all over Malaysia get together at a restaurant or family member home. Residents of Kuala Lumpur have a unique tradition of celebrating this dinner by partaking in Yee Sang. So, come have a taste of our exquisite Reunion Set Dinner available at Coffee House. By booking a minimum of 3 tables, you’ll be able to enjoy 20% rebate!

4. Visit Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple

This is situated in the quaint town of Jenjarom in Malaysia and is well-known for the annual Chinese New Year Lantern & Floral Festival. The temple grounds, an area of 16 acres, are fully illuminated with decorations of lanterns, flotillas, and digital lights for the upcoming celebrations. In 2003, the temple received the “Outstanding Scenery Award” from the Tourism Development Board of Selangor.

Watch a video of the festival here.

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5. Visit Thean Hou Temple

You’ll find this brightly decorated temple in the center of Kuala Lumpur. A week before the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the entire building is enshrouded in a warm, red glow due to the thousands of lighted lanterns set in the temple’s open grounds. Activities and performances include the lion dance, magic and circus shows, artistic displays, calligraphy, and lots more!

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6. Celebrate Chinese New Year at Kuala Lumpur Hotel

If you'd rather welcome the New Year surrounded by luxury then why not opt to indulge in a staycation in a luxury hotel?

The Sunway Putra hotel is one of the most recommended hotels to celebrate Chinese New Year. It is currently offering a fantastic ChineseNew Year staycation deal from RM265 nett and a sumptuous eight-course Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner. Make sure you book a room in advance because our rooms get filled up fast thanks to the hotel's central and convenient location.

So why not enjoy the Chinese Lunar New Year under the colorful firework lit night of Kuala Lumpur for a memorable Chinese New Year?

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