When you walk up to Epcot’s China Pavilion in the World Showcase, the intricate arched gate appears to draw you into a scenic retreat complete with exciting entertainment, delicious dining, intriguing history, and unique shopping adventures. Don’t miss these charms during your visit:
6. Character Greetings
Check out the Times Guide and bring your camera for daily appearances of the lovely Mulan and occasionally Mushu, Mulan’s closest friend.
5. “Reflections of China” Movie
Shown as a 360-degree Circle Vision film inside the Hall of Prayer with rails for guests to lean against, check this out for a tour of China’s countryside and historical sites. The film highlights the Forbidden City of Beijing, the Yangtze River, The Great Wall of China, and many others. This is a great idea to if you want to cool off on a hot day, escape from the rain, or just take a break from the crowds. Make a point to step inside the acoustically perfect Temple of Heaven and stand directly over the center circle. Say something, and listen to the way your voice vibrates directly back to your ears. Step slightly outside the circle and your voice will sound different.
The main shop at the China Pavilion is the Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store. You can browse clothing, silk slippers, paper fans, cloisonné jewelry, kitchen items, and purses, and that’s just small sampling of the merchandise. I always pick up a pretty silk purse for a very affordable price. Outside kiosks display lovely parasols and colorful string animal puppets. Ask to have the parasol personalized with your name painted on it in Chinese characters. .
Duck out of the hot sun and into the cool and serene atmosphere of Nine Dragons, a table-service restaurant located in the China pavilion. Lunch and dinner are served in elegant dining rooms, decorated with ornate lacquered wood and rich colors. The front windows offer a beautiful view of the World Showcase lagoon. Once you are seated, check out the fun placements that let you practice Chinese calligraphy while you’re waiting for your meal. The cuisine represents the four different regions of China and includes honey-sesame chicken, Canton pepper beef, Kung Pao chicken, stir- fry, sweet and sour pork, steak, and seafood dishes. Next door to Nine Dragons is the Lotus Blossom Café, a counter service restaurant offering rice bowls, eggrolls, and beef and chicken dishes. Finally, nestled back along the World Showcase lagoon is the Joy of Tea quick service stand, offering quick snacks and desserts, alcoholic beverages, and of course a nice variety of tea.
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A crowd is always gathered around the Jeweled Dragon acrobat troupe several times a day. The young acrobats train professionally in China for many years and are a thrill to watch for their feats of agility, skill, and balance.
Epcot’s China pavilion is designed to for guests to admire the beauty of the lush gardens, stroll over the footbridges, and relax in the quiet waterfalls and ponds. Look for the hidden details around every nook as you travel through the winding paths sprinkled with native trees, lotus ponds, marble sculptures, and intricately carved buildings.