Terrific Tuesdays: Epcot’s China Pavilion

As we work our way through the World Showcase at Epcot, our next stop is China.  Here you will find beautiful gardens and tranquil ponds scattered throughout the land.  There is even a miniature version of  the tomb of China’s first emperor.  The film Reflections of China, is shown in a 360^ Circle Vision theater and shows the journey of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.  

Another site in the China Pavilion is the Whispering Willows gallery that  has exhibits of “Tomb Warriors Garden Spirits of Ancient China”, which is a replica of the evacuation of Xi’an China.  At various times throughout the day, you can also check out the Dragon Legend acrobats.  Be sure to check your times guide for show times and get there early, as this is a popular act and draws crowds quickly.

Shopping and dining in the China Pavilion also provide unique experiences.  In the House of Good Fortune, you can find Chinese artwork, hats and painted fans and umbrellas.  Several carts are set up throughout as well with other souvenirs.  Authentic Chinese cuisine can be found at restaurants like Nine Dragons and the Lotus Blossom Cafe.  Nine Dragons is a table service restaurant that is on the meal plan and accepts reservations.  Here you can feast on egg rolls and dumplings as starters while you wait for your Kung Pao Chicken or Five Spiced Fish!  A seat near the windows gives you a great view of the World Showcase Lagoon.   The Lotus Blossom is a counter service restaurant that is on the dining plan a well.  Enjoy a quick meal of orange chicken with steamed rice and red bean ice cream for dessert. 

There are no rides in the China Pavilion, but don’t let that stop you from checking out the beauty and culture of China that the pavilion provides.

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Shannan is a mom that was born and raised in rural Tennessee. She tells us: “I live with my husband and 3 of our 5 children. Travis is 24 and is father to my grandbabies, Emma and baby Judson. I can’t wait to start sharing Disney with them. Dusty is 22, Clay 12, Zachary 10 and Erin is 8. I clean houses to make money to fund my magical trips. I went to Disney the first time as a teen and couldn’t wait to start introducing my own children to the magic. We took our 3 youngest in 2004 and that started it all. We have been 3 times since then and have our first Christmas trip planned for this December. Usually my parents accompany us on the trip and I have to research and plan for things that will suit various ages in our party of 7. Each time I go, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning! Disney is definitely my first choice in vacation destinations. Hopefully there is a Disney surf and turf vacation in our future!“

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2 Responses to Terrific Tuesdays: Epcot’s China Pavilion

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  2. Shepard C Willner says:

    “Evacuation of Xian, China?” No, I think you meant the “excavation of Xian, China,” right, Shannon? In any case, I’ll definitely want to see those Terra Cotta warriors again even if I did see them once at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum a couple decades ago. I like the movie and you really have to turn around during the show to see everything that happens in it. China is clearly a fascinating country, and is on my bucket list to visit when I retire. If there’s something to improve upon in this pavilion, I’d like to see a trivia contest hosted by pavilion staff or Cast Members with a list of trivia questions about China: I’d probably win, because China is one of the places I studied in World History classes in 7th grade and in Economic Geography class in college.

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