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Celebrating Chinese New Year in KL

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Ushering the Lunar New Year in Kuala Lumpur? Chinese New Year, also known as ‘Spring Festival’ is one of the biggest festivals in Malaysia, and this year, it will be celebrated on a Sunday (February 10th) and Monday (February 11th), with a replacement holiday on Tuesday (February 12th) for all states (except Kelantan and Terengganu)! Have you decided on what to do yet? Read on to get some ideas.



Chinese New Year celebrations @ i-City

Enjoy fireworks display, lion and dragon dance performances, 988 DJ performances and photo opportunity with golden coin trees…all at i-City! Visitors can even enjoy a free ride on the 88 seat Carousal on February 9th and free mandarin oranges from Choy San Yeh (God of Prosperity) from February 10th – 24th!

For more information, please visit i-City website.


Ancient Tales of a New Year @Publika

From now until February 23rd, celebrate the year of the Snake at Publika to enjoy Chinese Opera performances, Chinese Wushu performances, Chinese traditional performances, Lion & Dragon dances performances, Chinese calligraphy, Long Table Yee Sang tossing, Ang Pow redemption and more.

For more information, please visit publika website.


Sea of Red Lanterns @Thean Hou Temple

A stone throw away from the crowded Mid Valley Megamall is the beautiful six-tiered Chinese Temple dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly Mother. Opened in 1987 and the largest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, Thean Hou Temple is located on Robson’s Hill; simply a must-visit, especially during Chinese New Year. By now, the temple is already decorated with glorious red lanterns, perfect for that picture moment. Free entry for all.

For more information, please visit Thean Hou temple website.



Chinese New Year is a lot about eating and be merry! By Saturday (February 9th) or possibly sooner, don’t be surprised to find the streets in Kuala Lumpur unusually quiet as most Chinese will be back at their hometown and ready for reunion dinner with family. However, that doesn’t mean the city  has nothing to offer; quite the opposite! If you, your family and friends are in town, there are plenty of CNY menus to choose from. Here are some recommendations:


Meisan Szechuan Restaurant @Quality Hotel Shah Alam – Dim Sum Eat All You Can

For RM35++ per person, you’ll get to eat as much Dim Sum as you want! Need I say more?

Tel: 603 55103696 ext. 8339 or Email:


Extra Super Tanker Chinese Restaurant – The Club @ Bukit Utama

A great choice for seafood lovers, this restaurant serves up a wide variety of fresh seafood and Cantonese cuisine done in Chef Ah Wah’s style.

Tel: 603-77268877


2 NEW Chinese New Year Prosperity Dishes @Coffee Chemistry Signature

Instead of limiting yourself to just Chinese restaurants, why not pay a visit to Coffee Chemistry Signature with your friends? From January 24th onwards and in conjunction with Chinese New Year, Coffee Chemistry Signature is introducing 2 brand new CNY prosperity dishes – Barbeque Chicken “Roulade”, stuffed with shiitake mushroom, served with rice timble herb and fresh vinaigrette pickles AND Prosperity Abalone Seafood Olio Pasta with black fungus, scallops, prawns and fatt choy

For more information, please visit Coffee Chemistry Signature’s Facebook page.


Yee Sang Take-away Promotions to usher in a prosperous year!

In Chinese belief, tossing of the Yee Sang is an act to usher in prosperity, so even if sitting through a reunion dinner is not your thing, you simply must try Yee Sang! From now until 28th February 2013, enjoy the special Yee Sang Take-away Promotions at Pearl International Hotel KL. With choice of Jelly Fish or Salmon Yee Sang, you can choose half or full portion that can feed around 5 – 10 persons. Yummy!


Price starts from RM38+ onwards. For more information, please call 603-79831111 ext. 3205 or email

Chinese New Year celebration



Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year!

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Lion Dance in KL

A freelance writer and translator in English, Mandarin and Malay, her writings have been published in several lifestyle and fashion magazines; she also does voice-overs on the side, and into movies and traveling, quantum theory and retro art.