Visitors who enter the China Pavilion walk through an intricately detailed triple-arched ceremonial gate and see a replica of the magnificent Temple of Heaven in the distance. The Chinese built the original in the early 15th century under supervision of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City.
The “Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests” is the spectacular triple-gabled circular structure that the Chinese Pavilion is known for and it makes a great background for a picture.
Attraction Info: China’s main attraction is “Reflections of China,” a film shot in Circle-Vision 360. The film team shot Reflections with nine cameras and the footage of each is projected onto one of nine screens that are located on the walls around the theater.
This technique makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. This 13-minute show is well worth seeing and there is rarely a wait any longer than it takes for the last show to end.
The entrance to “Reflections of China” is inside the “Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest” and you can check out a number of Chinese artifacts while you wait or sit and relax on one of the plentiful benches. Be aware, the theater does not have seats and is standing-room only.
In addition, China features a wonderful exhibit titled “Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China.” This is replica of the Terracotta Army excavation in Xi’an and is well worth a look. In addition, there is a collection of authentic Chinese tomb art from the Schloss Collection that you can’t see anywhere else in the world.
Finally, the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats perform 20 minute sets in the middle of the Pavilion throughout the afternoon and early evening.
They usually begin performing their first show at 3pm with shows following at 4pm, 5pm, 6:15pm, and 7:30. Check your Times Guide to verify dates and show times.
Lotus Blossom Café, the Chinese quick service outlet, is a decent option though more unique options abound.
Prices are typically a couple dollars less expensive than other entrees, making it a less expensive option with large portions.
Nine Dragons, China’s table service, has improved in terms of food and the atmosphere is serene.
Still, chances are you have much better, much cheaper Chinese food back home. The “Joy of Tea” stand also serves a variety of unique teas and other beverages out on the promenade alongside the Lagoon, in addition to red bean and caramel ginger ice creams, egg rolls, and other filling items.
Drink Around the World: Tsingtao is the preferred beer in China, in addition to a variety of fruity cocktails available at Joy of Tea.
Best is the Tipsy Ducks in Love, a refreshing blend of creamy cold tea and coffee blended with chocolate and bourbon.
Character Sightings: Mulan makes an appearance in the China Pavilion throughout the day.
She appears near the front of the Pavilion when the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats aren’t performing and up near the entrance to the Temple of Heaven when the acrobats are performing.
Her sets are usually 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3:50pm, and 4:50p, check your Times Guide for appearance times.
Shopping Opportunities: The House of Good Fortune Department Store is the main shopping attraction in China.
Like other World Pavilion stores, they sell a great variety of mass-produced items, in addition to high-end specialty items. Look out for Beijing Cloisonne Ware, Chinese lanterns, jade and crystal jewelry, slippers, silk goods, handbags, paper fans, and much more.