The triple arched ceremonial gate, like that found in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, welcomes visitors to the World Showcase version of China. A smaller replica of the ornate temple, includes a replica of the circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Be sure to take the time to appreciate the fine details here, especially the intricately tiled and gilded ceiling. Traditional Chinese music adds to the soothing ambiance of this peaceful place. The landscaping surrounding the temple adds to the serenity with a lotus pond, colorful gardens, bamboo groves, weeping mulberry trees and a small waterfall. Bamboo light poles light the paths in the evening. The Pu Yang acrobats perform daily in the courtyard area.
The "Wonders of China: Land of Beauty, Land of Time" is a 360º Circle-Vision film shown in the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Spectacular scenery and stunning footage of China includes the Great Wall, the Forbidden City of Beijing, the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia, the Yangtze River and the tropical rain forests of Hainan Island. In the "House of the Whispering Willow", exhibits showcasing China's rich cultural heritage are found. Currently the "Land of Many Faces" exhibit includes Chinese arts, embroidery, masks, instruments and clothes of China's ethnic peoples. The exhibit changes approximately every 6 months. The Yong Feng Shangdian shop has a wide variety of merchandise from silk kimonos, lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay furniture, tea sets and jade carvings, to stuffed pandas, kites, wind chimes and paper fans and umbrellas.
The Nine Dragons restaurant is a formal Oriental dining room that features many different types of Chinese cuisine. Cantonese entrees that are the most well-known to North Americans, include Sweet & Sour Pork, Moo Gu Gai Pan, Treasure Duck and Jade Tree Beef. For those who enjoy adding a little spice to their life, some of the Szechuan dishes featured are Kang Bao Chicken, Spicy Lobster Tail and General Tso Chicken. On the lighter side, Mandarin offerings such as Great Wall Duck, Mu Shu Pork, Stir Fried Fish of the Day and Garden Vegetables are available. Kiangche is Chinese food with a Western flavor and here you'll find such specialties as Saucy Chicken, Stir Fried Scallops and Lemon Chicken. The Lotus Blossom Café is a counter service restaurant that offers Stir Fried Beef, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Cold Sesame Noodles & Marinated Vegetables, Shanghai Grilled Chicken, Vegetable Lo Mein and Egg Rolls.
FUN FACTS: To say “hello” in Chinese, say “Ni hao” (nee HOW).
HIDDEN MICKEYS: In the “Dragon, Ruler of the Wind and Waves” exhibit, find Mickey’s head in the clouds of a dragon mural, close to the tail.