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Flag of MalaysiaChinese New Year, KL, Malaysia
2009

zodiac oxJust as spring brings change to the natural landscape, Chinese New Year brings change in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown.

Beneath the covered walkway of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown, or the Green Dragon as known to locals, stalls offering Chinese New Year festive goods begin emerging through the rows of stalls offering counterfeit branded goods. Their presence generates a festive mood to Kuala Lumpur Chinatown.

Maybe this combination suits some customers who shop for New Year goods and pick up a new Louis Vuitton purse or Channel bag for the New Year.

The roof of the walkway is decorated with red lanterns and a giant banner wishes visitors a Happy New Year. For some strange reasons, the banner is meant for 2008, the year of the Rat.

The festive mood gets stronger in the streets and shops around the covered stretch of Chinatown. Many shops offer shoppers all the New Year goods they need; mandarin oranges, flowers, Nian Gao, New Year ornaments, pastries, food, Chinese New Year cards and Red Packets.

Flower shops and stationery shops becomes highly specialized offering a wide range of flowers popular during the New Year while stationery shops are stocked with New Year cards, ornaments and red packets. These New Year goods cover the shop in a sea of red and gold creating a very festive mood.

Malaysia Truly Asia – true to the Malaysia Tourism Board’s claim, the Chinese New Year’s festive mood is not confined to just the Chinatown. Shopping centers all over KL has Chinese New Year performances featuring classical music or cultural dances. The entire shopping complexes are decorated to bring forth the festive mood.

Meanwhile, supermarkets are stocked with festive goods and gifts items. Even bus stops throughout the city display a poster wishing passengers a Happy Chinese New Year.

The count down to Chinese New Year continues as everyone prepares for the arrival of the Year of the Ox.

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