This is a very popular shopping mall in Penang and I also went there to see the Chinese New Year decorations. It is an eclectic mix of Chinese, Peranakan (Straits Chinese in Penang) and European, if I can say so.
At the entrance facing Gurney Drive, there is a very attractive Peranakan centre piece of the traditional basket (“sia na”), preserved fruits and oranges, beautifully arranged with lanterns complementing the décor.
In the atrium, interestingly enough, there is an “Oriental-Express” locomotive with lights and red lanterns giving it a very festive air. It is the locomotive that makes it unique and “European”.
Not to be outdone, some outlets decked their shops with Chinese New Year décor. To me Christmas in December, followed by Chinese New Year is my favourite time of the year.