Be unpredictable – celebrate Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur! Take a 16-minute stroll from citizenM to Chinatown. By day, you'll find peace with praying locals at stunning temples. By night, watch lions dance through the colourful lamp-lit streets while fireworks fill the sky.What's the date? 25 January – but pace yourself, festivities go on until 8 February. Start by celebrating, feasting and collecting as many angpao (money-filled envelopes) as you can, then recoup with some retail therapy. Designer boutiques like Louis Vuitton sit side-by-side with affordable shops, all with Insta-worthy new year displays.
Old Klang Road is the place to welcome in the Year of the Rat – the Chinese zodiac sign that brings wealth and abundance. On day 9 of festivities, look up – fireworks will fly to celebrate the Jade Emperor's birthday. And if you're looking for love, take part in Chap Goh Mei on day 15. That's when single women throw oranges into the sea for men to row out and catch them. To increase your chances, be like a savvy local and write your phone number on it.
Festivities aren't complete without a feast, and celebrating Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur is no different. What's on the menu? Yee sang (raw fish salad) – enjoy participating in the unique tradition of 'tossing' the fish and vegetables with chopsticks before eating. The higher you toss the food, the more good luck, health and prosperity you'll receive. Chopsticks at the ready!