The Patronas Towers are a Kuala Lumpur landmarkA monument to the government’s commitment to their policy Vision 2020 – to make Malaysia a fully developed country by the year 2020. The Patronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 when Taiwan built the Taipei 101 building. The Patronas Tower’s magnificent twin towers dominate the cityscape and we had saved going up to the 41st floor skybridge for our last full day in Kuala Lumpur. That is until we were told the towers are CLOSED on Mondays! So we quickly took a picture and reconsidered what we could do on our last day.Many businesses in Chinatown hire lion dance companies to come and ring in the new year with a lion dance ceremony. The lion represents guardians in Buddhist cultures and only the lion can exorcise demons. So businesses hire lion dance companies to bring in good luck and fortune and vanquish last year’s demons and misfortunes, as well as keep any new demons away, done with loud cymbals and firecrackers.
This year is the Year of the Ox – both of ours’ zodiac year. And we’re going to need all the good fortune we can get.