The Countries of World Showcase- Part 3: China

May 11, 2010 at 3:38 am | Posted in China, Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, World Showcase | 2 Comments
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 你好 (Nǐ hǎo) and hello from China! World Showcase’s China pavilion is our 3rd stop as we travel around the “World”. China is a beautiful, serene pavilion in which you can enjoy a beautiful 360 CircleVision 360 movie, witness thousands of full-size terra cotta soldiers and horses from a lost tomb that date back 2000 years or enjoy a delicious Chinese meal at Nine Dragons Restaurant or a quick meal at Lotus Blossom Cafe. 

 

The focal point of the Chinese pavilion is the Temple of Heaven. The three-tiered, circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a one-half scale reproduction of its counterpark inside the Temple of Heaven complex near Beijing. Many of the architectural details have significance to the Chinese. Inside the hall, you will find 12 columns. These columns represent the 12 months of the year and the 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar. Near the center of the room, you will find four columns representing the four seasons. These columns support a beam that represents Earth and is topped by a round beam signifying Heaven. Outside of the Temple, you may find Mulan and Mushu. Inside, the temple, you will see the best of Disney’s Circle Vision 360 movies called Reflections of China. This 13-minute film is a remarkable film presentation  that takes you on a breathtaking visual journey across this amazing country. You will journey from Beijing to Shanghai, from inner Mongolia to the Forbidden City, from the distant lands of the Hunan province to the Great Wall, discovering all the brilliant facets of this Land of Many Faces. The host portrays 8th-century Chinese poet Li Bai.  

Reflections of China is shown on the half-hour. While you are waiting, you can take in the Land of Many Faces Gallery. You can also gaze 

at Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China in the House of the Whispering Willows Gallery. These are pint-sized replicas of the life-sized tomb warriors found in the 22-square-mile tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang; and cases displaying archaeological tools and photos. Much like the real army, the model soldiers all have distinct characteristics and realistic features. 

You can then be entertained by the Dragon Legend Acrobats. These are a fantastic troupe of children, typically 9-12 years old. These children are absolutely amazing and perform daily. They are a must-see! Inside the Temple of Heaven, you can listen to the beautiful harp-like music of Si Xian. Si Xian is the name of the harp-like music played on the Chinese zheng, an instrument resembling a table zither. This beautiful instrument was created more than 2000 years ago during the Qin dynasty. It is used as both a court instrument and a folk instrument , and it is now a member of the Asian zither family and is a very popular instrument. Si Xian plays at different times throughout the day. 

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Ready to shop?  Then head over to Yong Feng Shangdian department store. This unique shop carries apparel, furniture, fountains, food, housewares and jewelry. You can also find fun panda items as well as kid items. Kids love the brightly colored parasols in which they can get their names written on them in the Chinese language. Kids can also locate the Kidcot stop towards the back of the pavilion. They also may come across Mulan and Mushu! 

Hungry? Then head over to Nine Dragons. Nine Dragons serves several different types of meals, many of which are perfect for sharing, including several Dim Sum favorites such as Shrimp and Chicken Egg Rolls served with plum-chili and ginger-soy sauces, General Tso’s Chicken Dumplings, and the Appetizer Trio, a sampler of cucumber salad, spicy beef and fragrant chicken. This restaurant was extensively renovated in 2008 and is a mixture of modernism and tradition. Chinese food is always best when served family style so make sure you order a number of dishes and share! Advanced Dining Reservations are recommended for Nine Dragons. 

Need something quick? Then head to Lotus Blossom Cafe! This quick-service restaurant serves up stir-fry, eggrolls, and a daily special. 

All in all, you will find a serene, peaceful and reflective area in China. The culture and the lands of China permeate throughout the pavilion. Find a seat and watch the people stroll along the lagoon! Enjoy and goodbye – 再见 (Zàijiàn). 

Amy at http://www.flickr.com/photos/teruterubouzu/

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  1. China is one of our favorite countries in World Showcase! Beautiful and interesting….And the nice thing is that the shopping was always a big hit with our daughter, because most of the items were quite inexpensive, so they fit her budget. 🙂

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