Day 13: Un Poco Loco! / Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019

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China Pavilion

Our next pavilion around Epcot World Showcase was China.

We saw Mulan doing a meet and greet (although we didn’t line up for that) and watched as some huge sticks of cotton candy (candy floss) was being made (we didn’t buy any though!).

China also has two garden destinations – the Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden and a Bamboo Garden – and we very much enjoyed looking at these!

So enjoy the next set of photos from the China Pavilion at Epcot!

Mulan – China Pavilion
Mulan – China Pavilion

Temple of Heaven

One of the focal buildings here at Epcot’s China is the gorgeous Chinese temple which is modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.

Inside the replica Temple of Heaven is the “Reflections of China”, a Circle-Vision 360° movie exploring China’s history and scenery, as well as several museum artifacts to look at, including a replica of the Terracotta Army.





The [original] figures were were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, they date from 210BC!

We didn’t go inside on this trip but have done in the past.

And sitting on the pond in front of the temple is the huge Bromeliad Dragon – more on that nearer the photos of the topiary!

Temple of Heaven – China Pavilion Epcot
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Stone Panel
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China Pavilion Temple
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Bromeliad Dragon (China Pavilion)
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Chinese Topiary Dragon

Dragons are symbols of good luck, power and prosperity.

The topiary dragon is made from a variety of BROMELIADS and SUCCULENTS. Bromeliads are air plants that grow high in the trees or low to the ground to capture moisture. Succulents grow in dry environments and store water in their leaves and stems.

How many plants can you identify on the Dragon?

The plants on the board that all make up the dragon are as follows (starting top left, down, and around to top right):

  • Dichondra repens ‘Emerald Falls’
  • Aechmea ‘Little Harv’
  • Neoregelia ‘Fireball’
  • Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’
  • Vriesea ‘Ana Oliveros’
  • Vriesea odorata

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Bromeliad Dragon (China Pavilion)
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Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden Sign

Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden

I’m fascinated by the Chinese Zodiac, and I know that I’m not only a dragon but a fire dragon! My husband is a water rat, and they are two of the most compatible signs!

The topiaries in this garden were unusual in that they were made from seeds, beans, pulses, herbs, and spices, and I’m going to be including what each signboard said next to each Chinese Zodiac animal, as well as the sign below.

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The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese animal signs represent a 12-year rotation used for dating the years in a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time.

According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarrelled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest; whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.

All twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the Ox, the Rat had jumped upon his back. About to reach the shore, the Rat jumped off the Ox’s back and won the race. The Pig, which was very slow, ended up last. That is why the Rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the Ox is second, and the Pig is last.

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Rat Topiary – China Pavilion
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RAT (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020) 鼠
You are imaginative, charming and truly generous to the people you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a write, critic, or publicist.
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Ox Topiary – China Pavilion
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OX (1925, 1937, 1979, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021) 牛
A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative, methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Ox would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser.
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Tiger Topiary – China Pavilion
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TIGER (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022) 虎
You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right. You are often seen as a “hothead” or rebel. Your sign shows you would be excellent as a boss, an explorer, a race car driver, or a matador.
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Rabbit Topiary – China Pavilion
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RABBIT (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023) 兔
You are the kind of person that others like – affectionate, obliging, and always pleasant. Rabbits have a tendency to get too sentimental and may seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor.
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Dragon Topiary – China Pavilion
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DRAGON (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2012, 2024) 龍
Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a “big mouth” at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding of others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.
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Snake Topiary – China Pavilion
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SNAKE (1929,1941,1953,1965,1977,1989, 2001, 2013,2025) 蛇
Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking. Your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist, or fortune teller.
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Horse Topiary – China Pavilion
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HORSE (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026) 馬
Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You are your own person and very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness, and sharp cunning, and should guard against being egotistical. Your sign suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician.
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Sheep Topiary – China Pavilion
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SHEEP/GOAT (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027) 羊
Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Sheep can be charming company. You are elegant and artistic, but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry, and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.
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Monkey Topiary – China Pavilion
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MONKEY (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028) 猴
You are very intelligent and have a clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.
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Rooster Topiary – China Pavilion
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ROOSTER (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd, outspoken and definite in decision making. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign, you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier, or world traveler.
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Dog Topiary – China Pavilion
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DOG (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030) 狗
The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign, you are honest and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder. You would make an excellent business owner, activist, teacher, or secret agent.
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Pig Topiary – China Pavilion
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2019 YEAR OF THE PIG
(1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031) 猪
You are a splendid companion – an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. You are sincere, tolerant and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are incredibly naïve. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall. The Pig would be best in the arts as an entertainer, or possibly a lawyer.
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Red Chinese Lanterns
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White Chinese Lanterns
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Lotus House – Outdoor Garden China Pavilion
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Chinese Cotton Candy Price List:
2-layered Sweet Heart $7
2-layered Butterfly Dream $8
3-layered Sunrise Star $10
4-layered Aurora Blossom $12
5-layered Spring Fantasy $15

Watching the Cast Member make elaborate candy floss creations was fascinating! But it is pure spun sugar, and just the thought makes my teeth hurt! But they sure were pretty to look at and were very popular!

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Chinese Cotton Candy – 3-layered Sunrise Star
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Grass Roof in the Norway Pavilion

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