A showcase of China and its cultures featuring a Chinese garden and Nine Dragons restaurant

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Journey with the ancient Chinese Poet Li Bai into the ornate Chinese Hall of Prayer and into the history, culture and lands of China.  Stand before the China Pavilion and you will be impressed with the majesty of the presentation.    
Wonders of China - a 19-minute CircleVision 360 movie presentation.   Li Bai is the 8th Century poet host of this  magnificent movie you won't want to miss.  
Land of Many Faces - An exhibit introducing China's ethnic peoples.  This is an incredible exhibit!  You will not find the gallery exhibits anywhere else in the United States.DINING
Nine Dragons - Serving lunch and dinner featuring Chinese cuisine. 

Chinese gardens follow completely different rules than those of the West. “In Chinese gardening, there’s no central plan,” Darden says. “Someone once said that if you want to create a Chinese garden you could fly the plants up in a plane and push them out of the window and wherever they land is where you plant them.” Things in the garden don’t appear disorganized -- just naturally placed. For example, the grass in the China pavilion is not mowed, but allowed to grow naturally producing a tufted appearance. The one essential in every Chinese garden is water. As Darden explains, an old Chinese saying states that “A garden without water is like a portrait of a lady with her eyes closed.” The water is usually still and frequently has water plants such as lilies or lotuses growing in it. The lilies at the China pavilion actually grow in containers placed underwater.
The Chinese respect age and want their gardens to appear old. Disney landscape architects have selected trees with “corkscrew” trunks or with “weeping” branches to help give the gardens a mature look. Here, a weeping mulberry -- one of the most impressive trees in Epcot -- can be found to the left of the Nine Dragons Restaurant entrance. Other interesting trees native to China are the tallow tree, a plant with waxy fruit traditionally used to make candles and one of the few that changes colors in Florida’s fall, and the runner bamboo. Also at the China pavilion are large rocks on the water side of the promenade. The Chinese like to create “surprising views” throughout their landscapes as experienced by looking through the holes in the rocks toward the water.
Epicurean adventures into five Chinese provinces await World Showcase travelers under one roof in the 250-seat Nine Dragons Restaurant.
The Nine Dragons is located within a 12,000-square-foot building next door to "Yong Feng Shangdian" shopping gallery along China Showcase's "Street of Good Fortune." Next door, the 200-seat Lotus Blossom Cafe offers counter-service.
In addition to the familiar Moo Gu Gai Pan and sweet and sour pork, the Nine Dragons menu offers everything from sirloin to lobster prepared Cantonese-style. There's also Treasure Duck, braised and lightly fried; honey-roasted Chinese spareribs; and an entree of stir-fried grouper and fresh garden vegetables.
Kiangche-style entrees include stir-fried scallops and vegetables. Szechuan/Hunan-style entrees feature chicken, shrimp and lobster brought to life with hot peppers and spicy sauces.
Featured item on the Lotus Blossom Cafe menu is a combination platter that includes stir-fried beef and garden vegetables, egg roll and fried rice.

Dragon Legend Acrobats - an energetic display of agility, strength and balance by young students from the Pu Yang Academy of Acrobatics in China.
Si Xian - Shanghai region folk music
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If you go to the temple in China and stand in the very middle of the round room, it is acoustically perfect. So say something! Because it is acoustically perfect, you will hear yourself talk, which is something we rarely do. Usually we hear ourselves talk through our own head, and that's not how others hear us. Does this make sense? Everyone who did this said something and then went "oooo! how weird!" (Seth & Sonya)
The Wonders of China is shown on the half hour.  Use the time before the next showing to view the Land of Many Faces gallery.
If the 360 degree movie screen makes you a little dizzy, stand near the back of the room, you'll be able to see most of the film. Remember, this is a standing attraction.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - Highlights include a bamboo garden, exotic water garden, Feng Shui area and a wonderful panda topiary! The water garden has many water lillies just for the Flower and Garden show! Be sure to also check out the stacks of begonia columns that border the walkway to the main pavilion.
Holidays from Around the World features storytellers in each country.  In China, the Monkey King tells of celebrations.
Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services Can Be Used Here.

Each of the World Showcase countries has a special "KIDCOT" area that provides an opportunity for your child to interact with a native of the country you are visiting.
Epcot PassPorts are great fun for kids as they have them stamped at each pavilion around World Showcase.
Disney Characters appear "On Holiday" in their sightseeing bus around World Showcase. Check your Daily Epcot Guide Map for times and locations.
Epcot Characters At A Glance 
Character Meet and Greet FAQ!
Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store - Furniture, Kitchenware, rugs, clothing, slippers, silk, paper fans, pictures, cloisonne (jewelry with enamel inlay).  INTERESTING FACTS
The three-tiered, circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a one-half scale reproduction of its counterpart inside the Temple of Heaven complex near Beijing.  Many of its architectural details, both inside and out, have important significance to the Chinese people.  Inside the hall, there are 12 outer columns supporting the roof.  They represent the 12 months of the year and the 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar.  Closer to the center of the room are 4 columns representing the four seasons.  These columns support a beam, representing Earth, which is topped by a round beam, signifying Heaven.
Filming the Wonders of China proved to be quite challenging for the crew.  For one sequence on Huangshan Mountain, the crew and 40 laborers had to carry the three-hundred pound camera and other equipment to the top, over a mile in height.
To reflect the gardening style of China, the pavilion features a very loosely structured landscape.  There is no strong feeling of being either inside or outside of the garden.  The lack of structure of the China garden is deceiving because, as in the Japan garden, the symbolism is strong.  Chinese gardens are designed to be quiet, still and passive, as in the meditation pool.  The zoysia grass is left alone to grow as it would look in China.  Plants are used sparingly with the accent on those with unusual color.  Several fruit trees, orange, plum and pomegranate are also part of the landscape.
The weeping mulberry, while resembling a tree you might find in China, is actually over 100 years old and was found in New Jersey.
In order to depict the intricate tile work patterns of the original Temple of Heaven, the Imagineers artisans screen printed hundreds of exact replications of its detailed patterns onto each and every tile at Epcot.
EPCOT's China pavilion allows you to enjoy all the beauty and culture of the ancient nation without risking arrest and torture for being an enemy of the state.  Drop into the Temple of Heaven for the Circlevision 360 film Wonders of China or stroll down the street for some jade Buddhas and an egg roll.
Wonders of China

Every time you take a trip down to your local noodle shop, chances are you don't consider the millennia of history that went into that sesame chicken of yours.  Well, thanks to the Circlevision feature Wonders of China you can.  An ancient poet is our guide as we travel from Mongolia to Shanghai and beyond.  In fact, the Disney filmmakers were the first western film crew ever to have access to certain sites.  The result is a beautiful film that shows us dirty Yanks a side of a nation that few of us have ever seen.
   Please note that in true Circlevision fashion, you must stand as the action unfolds on nine screens around you.  The show lasts 19 minutes.
House of Whispering Willows
   Adjacent to the waiting area for Wonders of China, this gallery features rotating exhibits of art and Chinese history.
Nine Dragons Restaurant
   The Nine Dragons is the pavilion's 'fancy' sit-down restaurant.  The food is Chinese, of course, and quite good.  However, with the proliferation of Chinese restaurants all over America you might prefer to eat somewhere at EPCOT that features fare you can't get for $5 at home.
Lotus Blossom Cafe
   Now this is more like it.  A place to drop in and grab a cheap egg roll or some stir-fried chicken.  A limited menu (it's fast food, after all) but it's all good.  Plenty of Asian booze, too, if you're into that.  Like I said above, it's nothing you can't get at home for cheaper, but if you're craving something from the GREAT WOK this is the place to go. 
Yong Feng Shangdian
   The Chinese pavilion has only one shop, but it's a doozy.  The Yong Feng Shangdian reaches all the way from the exit of the Wonders of China film to the restaurant on the other side of the street.  The stock is diverse, featuring a wide array of clothes, house decorations, jewelry, flair, weapons, trinkets, and what can only be generously described as junk.  If you have a pulse there's probably something you'll find vaguely interesting here (the lipstick cases are a particular tradition among the women of my family).  It's a great place for a cheap gift for the folks back home, or a giant animal carved out of jade.  Get a panda!

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