Gong xi fa cai! The Chinese are celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig and, of course, in Indonesia, the hype is also massive. Many Chinese ornaments that are related to Imlek like ang pao, lanterns, sweets, and mandarin oranges are all over the place. Other than decorating any spot in red, Imlek is also the right time to spend time with family and loved ones. And if you are wondering what to do besides give and get ang pao, here are our picks of some fabulous spots in Jakarta to spend the Lunar New Year in an extraordinary way.

Senayan City

Enjoy the beginning of the Year of the Pig in Senayan City, or Sency. Until February 17, there are various performances like Oriental Chinese harmonies, Shanghai Swing, Shanghai Broadway, and Chinese Tea Legacy. And on February 5, 9, and 10, there will be amazing lion dance performances by the winner of the Lion Dance Championship. Of course, other than the performances, you will also enjoy discount sales in various of the outlets.

Grand Indonesia

Grand Indonesia presents exciting programmes running until February 10 to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Amazing shows like Shanghai Jazz, Barongsai, lion dances, and Chinese gods parades will bring to life the Imlek celebrations. Also, you can check your Chinese Zodiac sign to find out about your health, career, and love predictions for the Year of the Pig.

Central Park Mall

Enjoy an extraordinary Imlek celebration at Central Park Mall (CP) until February 24. CP offers amazing performances, including fireworks on February 5. And that’s not forgetting the shopping: the range of various offers to enjoy include cashback, discounts, and a midnight sale. Be ready shopaholics!

Cause Virtual Run Indonesia

Want to spend the Lunar New Year in a non-mainstream way? Join the CNY virtual run at Cause.id: a virtual run platform that aims to get people running and earn rewards after they accomplish set targets. During CNY, you will get the chance to add a cool e-badge to your profile. There are also three different coloured lanterns that you can get.

Union Jakarta  

Start the Chinese year of 2570 with great prosperity and fine dining at Union Jakarta on February 5 and 6. Indulge in delicious Chinese cuisine like Roast Pork, Deep Fried Hakka Pork, Lap Cheong and Prawn Fried Noodles. You also get the chance to find lucky ang pao with minimum purchases above Rp1m.

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Tags: Holiday, Chinese New Year, Arts And Culture, Imlek, Year Of Pig, Jakarta Malls