How many times have you visited World Showcase in Epcot at Walt Disney World and walked right by the countries represented? My No Passport Necessary series highlights the best of each so you’ll be prepared for your next visit! This week is a visitor’s guide to China Pavilion at Epcot.
China Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World is one of the most ornate pavilions of the 11. The entrance is a Ceremonial Gate with three arches and the setting is very calm and serene. The gate is fashioned after Beijing’s Temple of Heaven. Happily, China Pavilion is generally not crowded (unless there’s a performance or meet and greet) so you’ll have plenty of quiet places to let the kids take a break.
Dining at China Pavilion
China Pavilion offers two restaurants for guests:
Nine Dragons Restaurant- A sit-down style restaurant that is one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. There’s generally plenty of seats available during lunch and dinner, but if you’re really adamant about locking down a reservation, go ahead and make one.
Lotus Blossom Café- A walk-up style restaurant that’s one counter service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
Just in case you need it, here’s the official Epcot map.
Entertainment and Attractions
The Dragon Legend Acrobats perform several shows everyday and their skill is so outstanding. Check the My Disney Experience app or the official WDW website for show times.
Reflections of China- A 360 degree Circle-Vision Film showcasing beautiful Chinese landscape and famous landmarks including the Great Wall of China. There are no seats in this movie but it is generally quiet and dark- perfect for hot Central Florida days.
Terra Cotta Warrior Army Replica- Beautiful replica from the discovery in 1974 in Shaanxi Province, China.
Once you head through the triple arches at China Pavilion, head to the left for loads of shopping options. The Kid loves browsing the stores and we never leave without a small trinket. Happily, prices are very affordable in this pavilion!
Meet and Greets
Mulan and Mushu frequently host meet and greets throughout the day. If you’re really wanting an autograph, check the Meet and Greet Times board directly beside the location or grab an information sheet when you hit the Epcot front gates.
China Pavilion Fun Facts
- The China Pavilion opened on October 1, 1982 along with the rest of the 11 pavilions. The representation of the country is the third pavilion you’ll hit when walking counter clockwise (Mexico Pavilion is first!).
- A Mulberry tree was planted in the pavilion’s garden to represent China’s silk industry.
- Walk inside the Hall of Prayer and you’ll notice 12 tall columns. They are there to represent the 12 cycles of the Chinese calendar and the 12 months of the year.
Want a quick recap of Mexico Pavilion? Click the pic!