2010 Chinese New Year Decorations

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, February 15, 2010 | Published in


Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!

Today is the second day of The Tiger Year and I hope you all are having a great time!

Last week, I went to six shopping malls in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur for a photo-taking marathon of the Chinese New Year decorations. I would like to share some of the photos here today.

Let's start with 1Utama.

They have giant cats instead of tigers! I thought it's the Year of The Tiger! Well, I guess tigers are cats too, haha!

What are these cats called? Prosperity cats or something? You can usually see them in front of shops waving at customers to enter. I notice they always wave with the left hand. Anyone knows why? I usually wave with my right hand as I am a righthander, haha!

Do you notice the moles on the cats' faces? What do these moles signify? Anyone knows? Please share your knowledge with us, thank you!

Next, it's Mid Valley Megamall.

I have to admit I didn't quite like Mid Valley's decoration this time. What do you think?

I did not like the many wires criss crossing above the pagoda and the flowers to hang those dragonflies - they just spoilt the whole scene!

If Mid Valley was bad, then the next door Gardens Mall was much worse!

What the crap is that? And I hate those paper or plastic cuttings dangling from the ceiling! Definitely did not the suit this prestigious looking mall!

Next, I went to Pavilion.

Lots of red lanterns welcome visitors at the entrance of the mall.

The photo above is from outside looking in, photo below is from inside looking out.

Pink colour trees lined the street outside the mall.

I saw this rickshaw and quickly snapped a photo of it!

It seemed that Pavilion was having a Prosperity Rickshaw Ride for RM10 per ride. I am sure tourists would love to sit on that rickshaw!

Inside Pavilion, a Bridge of Love greeted me. I wondered if this was done in conjunction with Valentine's Day.

The Bridge Of Love from a different angle.

There's a crane at the other side of the bridge.

Entering the main atrium, I saw more cranes!

And huge gigantic red lanterns hanging from the ceiling!

What attracted my attention was not the huge lanterns, but the picturesque scene of cranes flying below the beautifully shaped trees typically found in China's landscape.

Don't you just love those cranes and trees? Reminds me of old Chinese paintings!

I think I'm giving Pavilion two thumbs up for their Chinese New Year decoration!

When I went to Suria KLCC to see if they could top Pavilion, I was disappointed! Take a look.

I thought those small red lanterns hanging from the ceiling looked kind of empty and uninteresting.

On the ground, things were looking pretty boring.

There was a girl performing a song on a musical intrument.

I was certainly not impressed with KLCC's Chinese New Year decoration this year.

Last stop - The Curve.

Oh, I love the designs especially the wall which is typical of old Chinese architecture. Besides, the curvature of the wall fits in nicely with the name of this mall!

And I like the many colourful lantern balls hanging from bamboo trees! Beautiful!

I was mesmerized with these lanterns!

This is the main stage in the middle of the hall.

Snapped a photo of the lanterns looking up from below the tall bamboo trees.

I was amazed at the many bamboo trees with colourful lanterns hanging covering the whole place!

I was impressed! The Curve did not disappoint!

It was a pity I did not have time to cover other malls like Sunway Pyramid, Berjaya Times Square, Bangsar Village and many more.

So which shopping mall do you think have the best Chinese New Year decoration this year?


(114) Comments

  1. Tekkaus said...

    I can't believe! Am I The first commenter? :p

    February 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM
  2. Tekkaus said...

    Awesome I can't believe that I am the first one here today. Probably because everyone is so damn busy. :p

    February 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! Today is indeed the second day of CNY. War...you went to 6 shopping malls to take photos? Goodness.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:30 AM
  4. Tekkaus said...

    Haha :D The deco in 1Utama is rather cute huh!I saw in TV the other day.

    Yeah! I thing it called "prosperity attracting cat". :p

    February 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM
  5. Tekkaus said...

    Those moles? Perhaps it has something to do with luck and fortune? Perhaps you can ask someone who is good in face reading to help you?

    February 15, 2010 at 9:32 AM
  6. Tekkaus said...

    So you mean the dragonflies are "lebih" lar? I believe the deco in MV is pretty. The pagoda and the lotus leaves. :p They look so gorgeous.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM
  7. Tekkaus said...

    Hahaha :D I thought the Garden's deco is so damn freaking lousy. As if it is a last minute deco. :p Why? No money?

    February 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM
  8. Tekkaus said...

    Pavillion as usual are very rich so they can afford to do the xtra. :p That explains for the hundreds of lanterns dangling here and there. :)

    I must say I like to see the pink colour tress outside. :p

    February 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM
  9. claire

    it certainly looks like a competition.. ipoh has nothing.. i think 1utama is the best!

    February 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM
  10. Tekkaus said...

    RM10 per ride? Why not? RM10 only mah.Besides that trishaw seems very comfy o.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM
  11. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah...with trees...lanterns...cranes...aw...whata beutiful sight. I love the trees especially. :)This is in Pavillion?

    February 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM
  12. Tekkaus said...

    Haha :D War...I had left more than 10 comments already? Goodness. I'd better stop spamming your blog bro.

    And the winner is...Pavillion! :D

    February 15, 2010 at 9:39 AM
  13. LifeRamblings said...

    Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine's Day!

    February 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM
  14. Ken Wooi said...

    you went on a deco-hunting spree eh! nice.. i didnt manage to see any CNY deco outside my house.. haha.. happy CNY! =)


    February 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM
  15. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    Happy New Year buddy :D Here's wishing you a roaring year of the Tiger :D

    February 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM
  16. wenn said...

    each and everyone of them is unique. love all of them.

    February 15, 2010 at 10:47 AM
  17. Anonymous

    I like the decor in MidValley. The giant pink and red flowers are unique. I photographed the beautiful dragonflies but noticed some of those decorative insects have 'sleepy' or half opened eyes! I am not sure if I want to post those photos on my blog yet. Wait till you see them up close...haha.

    February 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    I would love to be somewhere that celebrated Chinese New Year! These pics are so fun and my daughters love the cats! Happy Valentines Foongpc!!

    February 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM
  19. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Foongpc Kudos kudos kudos! You have done it well in sharing the deco during last Xmas and here you go again for CNY. Thanks so much.

    February 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM
  20. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Beauty is in the eyes of the beerholder. After a few rounds of Tiger beer the cat would turn into tiger haha. Since they are spending so much on making the cats why not tigers? Well they must have their reason. Yeah saw the moles on the right. SK had highlighted it his blog too and have been watching all faces of cats thereafter.If not mistaken someone said the mole on a person's face signifies 'got food to eat' no worries at all. (Cari makan senang senang, betul tak?)

    February 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM
  21. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Wowie! I love big red lanterns in Pavilion they're nice. Oh the moon gate, bamboos and the colorful lanterns in The Curve lagi nice. Thanks once again.

    February 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM
  22. CH Voon said...

    Cool! You snap a lot of cny decoration ..

    February 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM
  23. CheaHSan said...

    Whoa sure you left the best at the last. Love to see lots of big lanterns. Thanks for all the great effort. Wow snapped the photos inside out and outside in, some more under upper and topper down, whoaaa like a real pro man..Thumbs up!

    February 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM
  24. CheaHSan said...

    Prosperity Ride eh! Should offer the punters a ride to the nearest gaming outlet and charge RM20 with the caption "Millionaire On The Way". Any takers? haha.

    February 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM
  25. fufu said...

    pavilion will never fail to entertain me... they must have the best shopping mall interior designers :)

    February 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM
  26. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Oh new year new header eh..!

    Lembu lari.. Harimau mari
    Suay pergi.. Ong mari
    Header lama sudah cuci
    Tahun ini mesti happy
    Ikut Fengshui ada lucky
    Kena loteri banyak money..

    February 15, 2010 at 9:52 PM
  27. Borneo Falcon said...

    I been to Sunway Pyramid and Berjaya Times Square and I think Pavilion is the best

    February 15, 2010 at 10:56 PM
  28. Kelvin said...

    Ur new layout interest me more^^

    February 15, 2010 at 11:17 PM
  29. Anonymous

    I like the new look to your blog! :)

    February 15, 2010 at 11:20 PM
  30. CheaHSan said...

    Whoa new year new header new format. Nice!:p

    February 16, 2010 at 12:36 AM
  31. RoseBelle said...

    I like all of the malls' decorations. The landscape and crane does stand out to be the best though. Guess it's cos I love chinese landscape paintings myself too. We don't have anything in our malls :( Not even a sound of firecrackers burned on New Year's day. How sucky is that? If we did burn, the cops would be at our doorstep in a blink of an eye.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:20 AM
  32. manglish said...

    yeah i agree, Pavillion stood out happy cny :)

    February 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  33. Cloudia said...

    so lovely!

    Aloha, Friend

    Comfort Spiral

    February 16, 2010 at 11:24 AM
  34. iamthewitch said...

    Wow you changed your blog layout!!! I love it!!! :) Happy Chinese New Year to you Foong! Faster schedule our karaoke session! :)

    February 16, 2010 at 5:10 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, congrats! You are FC after such a long time! Must be the good luck coming to you after you activated that god of wealth that early morning! Haha!

    So you think Pavilion is the best? I agree, but I also like Curve. You also like Mid Valley? I think it's OK, but somehow it does not appear nice on my photos. Maybe Mei Teng better at capturing the beauty of it so I shall wait for her photos! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:18 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    claire, you like 1Utama's cats? They are cute I guess : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, happy CNY & Valentine's Day to you too! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:27 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, yeah went for CNY decor hunting spree! Happy CNY to you too! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, thanks! I want to roar like a Tiger! Haha!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    wenn, thanks! Glad you like all of them : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    mei teng, gosh! I didn't noticed those dragonflies have sleepy eyes! Please post the photos on your blog! I want to see them! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    health nut wannabee mom, your daughters love the cats? haha! Thanks, and Happy Valentines to you too! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    bananaz, you are welcome! So the moles signifies "cari makan senang"? Does this apply to humans too? I remember Joey Yap said all moles on human faces are not good except for a selected few.

    So which is your favourite decor?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:33 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    CH Voon, hoped you like them! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, thanks! Not a pro, just an amateur, haha!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 PM
  46. foongpc said...

    fufu, so you love Pavilion's decor? Yeah, I agree they are among the very best! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    bananaz, haha! That's funny! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, oh! Really? Good, lucky I didn't visit Sunway Pyramid and Berjaya Times Square! I remember Sunway Pyramid had really horrible Xmas decor last December!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:37 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    kelvin, really? Hope you like it! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:38 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    mei teng, thanks! I also like it! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:38 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, thanks! It's CNY so must have new look! Haha!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    rose belle, yeah I love that crane against those chinese trees - very beautiful! What a pity you can't enjoy firecrackers at your place! Maybe you should consider visiting Malaysia during CNY! Haha!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    manglish, hmmm, quite a lot of you like Pavilion. I guess it is indeed one of the best : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    cloudia, thanks! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, glad you love the new look! Just decided to have a new look to mark the Tiger year. Haha! Happy CNY to you and Saucer! Karaoke session? Haha, will schedule that once I recover from my cough! : )

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 PM
  56. Oman said...

    these are awesome finds. kung hei fat choi. :)

    February 16, 2010 at 8:47 PM
  57. lina said...

    Wah! You really went gallivanting around town snapping photos. So cool!

    I agree on MidValley decorations. Ever since the team split (and many of them moved to Pavillion) it wasn't as nice as before.

    Haven't been to any malls recently, so I enjoyed looking at your photos.

    February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM
  58. lina said...

    Nice new look BTW. :)

    Auspicious colour. :)

    February 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM
  59. lina said...

    How's the CNY celebration?

    And did you do anything special on V-Day too? :)

    February 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM
  60. molly said...

    Happy Chinese New Year!
    Wao, I love all the decorations, they are so beauriful, so colourful. A big thank you for all the photos. Now i dont have to spend time going round all the shopping mall. :)
    I like the decoration at Sunway Pyramid too.

    February 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM
  61. eiling lim said...

    I like the new layout. very nifty! Happy CNY!

    February 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM
  62. Neo said...

    Gong Xi Gong Xi! Congratulations on all the nice pics too! It gets bigger and better each year!

    February 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM
  63. [SK] said...

    wow, new layout!! looks nice and neat, i love that!!

    February 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM
  64. [SK] said...

    yeah, i think the PAWSPERITY theme at 1U is doing good.. so creative with those prosperity cats wearing glamorous clothes and jewelleries..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM
  65. [SK] said...

    and yeah, you did noticed the moles on their faces huh?? i don't know how to describe the moles in english, but they each have a name in chinese..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM
  66. [SK] said...

    i'll explain to you if we have a chance to meet.. hehehe!! or you can just go google for moles.. :p

    February 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM
  67. [SK] said...

    oh, i love the decoration in pavilion.. so classy and so full of CNY feel!!

    February 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM
  68. [SK] said...

    the strings of red lantern, the whole stretch of plum blossom, and that huge area of fresh flowers.. just so cool!!

    February 17, 2010 at 2:27 PM
  69. [SK] said...

    these three elements really make pavilion looks grand lor.. i'll think they are the best amongst all malls!!

    February 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM
  70. [SK] said...

    midvalley.. hmmm, i was a bit disappointed with the deco this year round.. nothing special..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM
  71. [SK] said...

    for the consecutive previous years, i think MV has done great jobs in their decorations.. but this year that lotus theme just isn't my cup of tea..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:29 PM
  72. [SK] said...

    the colors are not striking enough and is like lacking of something.. anyway, the acrobat perfomance is cool!!!

    February 17, 2010 at 2:29 PM
  73. [SK] said...

    KLCC is a total disappointment of all!! so simple and i can say not sincere at all..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM
  74. [SK] said...

    just a few dangling lanterns (or just balls) and that's it.. haiz!! i don't like..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM
  75. [SK] said...

    have not been to the curve, but from your photo i think it's quite nice also..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM
  76. [SK] said...

    the colorful lanterns on the bamboo trees!! they look magnificent..

    February 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM
  77. [SK] said...

    the close up you did makes them look even nicer.. or maybe it's because of your photo that make me think they are beautiful?? haven't seen the real one actually~~

    February 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM
  78. [SK] said...

    so which shopping mall did you rank the best?? i will say Pavilion.. but actually, i've only been to less than 5 malls only, hahaha!! :D

    February 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM
  79. Rita said...

    From yr photos, I think perhaps the Curve could be quite nice!

    Tis year, I've only been to Mid-Valley and Gardens!

    February 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM
  80. Rita said...

    Gong xi fa cai and Happy Valentine's Day

    February 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM
  81. lechua said...

    i only saw mid-valley's one..... great coverage u've done on all the malls for comparison!!

    February 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM
  82. Shopping in Las Vegas said...

    O yes very nice decoration for new year 2010 for chinese.

    February 17, 2010 at 5:50 PM
  83. Faisal Admar said...

    whoa! i can't believe deco in kl was greater than penang as majority in penang is chinese :)

    how i wish i could snap some pictures there too! good work foong, i'm a bit lazy to drive around in traffic jam :P

    February 17, 2010 at 9:52 PM
  84. Unknown said...

    the pj malls seem to do better!

    i like 1utama most. and curve. i think mid valley is not too bad - it is something unique :)

    btw would sg wang plaza be a good place for cny deco?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM
  85. ChrisAu said...

    wow...really lots of pixs here to share and i gotta wait a while to download. Compare to malls in JB and Ipoh, the decors here are so much better!

    February 18, 2010 at 1:55 AM
  86. Ayie said...

    hey foong maybe you can challenge fufu with your long series of photos here =)

    nice decors!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:12 AM
  87. jam said...

    I like decorations in The Curve the most! All the others are just red, red and red! Not creative at all!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:38 PM
  88. jam said...

    Those are cats to attract prosperity! I read that these cats originate from Japan.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:43 PM
  89. jam said...

    Waving right hand signifying it is a male and usually put at home to attract wealth. Waving left hand signifying it is a female and usually used to attract business and customers.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM
  90. jam said...

    Have no idea about the mole!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM
  91. jam said...

    New blog layout! Much brighter than previous one, but do you notice it loads slower?

    February 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM
  92. foongpc said...

    lawstude, thanks! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 4:46 PM
  93. foongpc said...

    lina, haha, yes went gallivanting round town! Oh really? The Mid Valley team split up and some moved over to Pavilion? That explains it then!

    Glad you like my new layout. Auspicious colour? haha! Actually didn't think of that! : )

    My CNY was great! V-Day? I was having CNY dinner on V-Day. Haha!

    February 18, 2010 at 4:52 PM
  94. foongpc said...

    molly, thanks! I have not been to Sunway Pyramid. Is it really nice?

    February 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM
  95. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, thanks! And Happy CNY to you too! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM
  96. foongpc said...

    neo, thanks and gong xi fa cai to you! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM
  97. foongpc said...

    SK, glad you like my new layout! : )

    OK, next time we meet up, you explain to me all about the moles! Haha.

    So you really like Pavilion's CNY decor, don't you? Haha. And I have to agree with you on Mid Valley - it was pretty lousy right?

    KLCC not sincere at all? Wow! That's a strong statement! LOL!

    Quick! Go to The Curve and see those lanterns for yourself! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM
  98. foongpc said...

    rita, only been to Mid Valley and Gardens? Well, you must visit more next year then, haha! Gong xi fa cai and Happy V-Day to you too! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM
  99. foongpc said...

    lechua, thanks! Glad you like it : )

    February 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM
  100. foongpc said...

    shopping in las vegas, yes nice indeed : )

    February 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM
  101. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, KL is always better than Penang in terms of decorations, haha! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM
  102. foongpc said...

    quachee, Yeah, I agree this time, PJ malls did better than KL malls with the exception of Pavilion.

    I don't think Sg Wang Plaza's CNY decoration would beat any of the bigger malls in PJ and KL though you might want to visit it and let me know! ; )

    February 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM
  103. foongpc said...

    chrisau, KL malls' decorations are always better than those found in JB, Ipoh and Penang. Haha! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM
  104. foongpc said...

    ayie, challenge fufu? Haha, I will definitely lose to him becoz his one is super long!! : )

    February 18, 2010 at 5:06 PM
  105. foongpc said...

    jam,thanks for the info on the waving han! But why do you put a male cat in the house and female cat in retail shops?

    My new blog layout loads slower? I didn't notice that! It's the same to me : )

    February 18, 2010 at 5:08 PM
  106. Merryn said...

    since u dun quite like 1U, i'd say the Curve :D

    I love the curve; i've not been to pavillon.. so.. i guess.. the CURVE :D

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 PM
  107. foongpc said...

    merryn, a lot of people seem to like 1U, if it's tigers instead of cats, maybe I'll like it more, haha!

    Yes, the Curve is nice too right? But you should go Pavilion, not bad also : )

    February 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM
  108. Hanging lamps said...

    It is believed that Chinese dragon boat is carrying good luck, wealth and prosperity. The Chinese like to display it at home on Chinese New Year to have a prosperous year.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:47 PM
  109. Bob said...

    Nice decorations.Happy Chinese New Year.Every decoration is unique and I love all of them.Good posting.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM
  110. Hanging lamps said...

    I think its gonna be Earth Ox year color yellow, this means everyone will need to work a little bit harder to achieve something. I've read somewhere.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:16 PM
  111. Hanging lamps said...

    2008 the year of rat made us ran like rats and 2009 is the bull or ox year and we still want a bull run but hopefully not a hectic run.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:17 PM
  112. foongpc said...

    hanging lamps, yes the prosperity boat is a good symbolic object to be placed in homes and offices to bring in wealth : )

    February 24, 2010 at 11:34 PM
  113. foongpc said...

    bob, thanks for dropping by! Appreciate your comments : )

    February 24, 2010 at 11:34 PM
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