Sunday, January 16, 2011
Celebrating Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur
Yap, a reader from Indonesia, left a comment on this post but not sure why the comment is not showing up.
Yap, I'm answering your queries here.
Even though a good number of Chinese folks will be travelling to their hometown to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their family, there are some who live here in the city. KL will never ever be totally deserted as KL is a metropolis of a good mix of various cultures and peoples. So, no worries about food or restaurants. Restaurants will all be open, including fastfood outlets including McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.. Other attractions around the city will also be open. The only places closed on public holiday the first and second days of Chinese New Year are banks, embassies, government departments and business offices. Chinatown may not be as bustling, though there'd be some shops open for business. Central Market will be open.
Bukit Bintang and all shopping malls will still be open and bustling though to a lesser degree. I think you will enjoy the quieter version of Kuala Lumpur of no traffic and human jams.
People do not just stay at home but go visiting one another, go to the malls, eat out, take in a movie, etc.
Yap, hope all this information is helpful to give you an idea of what to expect in Kuala Lumpur when you visit us during Chinese New Year. Should you require more info, please feel free to leave another comment. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!
Image: Petaling Street, Chinatown - The Star
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But KL will surely be quiet and shops in malls will close early on the eve before the makan besar. Do not go to shopping malls late in the evening before the day of CNY! :DReplyDelete
I am looking fwd to driving bliss during the CNY period where everyone's away in their kampungs.ReplyDelete
A good time for some peace and reflection in my own cave..~;).ReplyDelete
everybody is starting to talk about CNY now.. i'll be staying back in KL and enjoy a quieter KL, but still we can feel CNY in this city though many would have left for their hometown..ReplyDelete
Lina, I didn't know that. Thanks so much for sharing this tip.ReplyDelete
Yap, you may want to take note of that.
Mei Teng, me too for sure.ReplyDelete
Bananaz not going outstation? Talk about peace, in a way, I'm glad firecrackers have been banned.ReplyDelete
SK, you're right that KL would still have the air of festivity although most people would have left for their hometown. Indeed, a quieter KL is most welcome for a change.ReplyDelete
Its really great. Light intensity from LED grow lights is a big change also. The spectrum provided for the Hydroponics plants is, again, more like growing your plants outdoors in soil and sun.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to spending CNY in KL! And I will drive all over KL! LOL!ReplyDelete
But would it be the same during Hari Raya in terms of the road conditions?ReplyDelete
Adrian, yes, perhaps even less traffic in the city because Malaysians celebrating Hari Raya are a lot more than Malaysians celebrating Chinese New Year given the ratio of about 2:1 in terms of Muslims and Chinese. People go back to their hometown to celebrate the festival with their loved ones back home leaving KL with much less or no traffic congestion.ReplyDelete
You will not have any problem with food in KL as all fastfood outlets are open. All malls are also open. Incidentally, we are in the midst of the annual Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (which will last until early Sept) so you will have a really wonderful shopping experience.
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur! Enjoy your visit with us!
So where should one go to see CNY in KL?ReplyDelete