China Pavilion - Epcot
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After a long day at Magic Kingdom mostly spent in Fantasyland we decided to spend a few evening hours at Epcot where we had parked our car at the beginning of the day. When we went to get the Monorail back to the Transportation Centre it had temporarily broken down so we were advised to take the Resort Monorail. I had not realised that the second stop on this took us to the Transportation Centre so this could be a good way for us to travel in future when there are a lot of people leaving the Park. On arrival at Epcot we stopped at the Electric Umbrella for a much needed drink and a look through Epcot’s brochure whilst we decided where to eat. My niece decided she wanted to have a Chinese meal and identified a café type menu in the Lotus Blossom in China. We had a leisurely stroll across the bridge into the World intending to continue in this manner when the wind and rain suddenly started we, like many others, immediately dived for cover in the outdoor dining part of Norway. Here we stayed until the rain eased and then made a dash for the China Pavilion.
When we arrived at China we found the self-service food part at the back of the main Nine Dragons restaurant. It was typical self-service with quite a bit of choice of food which you queued in line to order and receive your food and drinks. My Father had tried to buy a beer at their small Tea Kiosk on the main walkway but they only sold Chinese beer whilst in the self-service part they had Bud Light lager.
Whilst my niece went to order the food my Father and I went to find a table. Either side of the self-service part there are two rooms with plenty of seating as well as quite a few outdoor tables. The food was very reasonably priced and there was plenty of it. My Father had a Beef Noodle Soup which was so plentiful he said no matter how much he ate there still seemed to be the same amount left! My niece and I shared a Chicken Curry with large pieces of boneless chicken I doubt whether one person could eat all of this on their own.
On our way in we had taken photos of the impressive arch at the entrance as well as the China Pavilion itself. After our meal we went into the equally impressive Hall of Prayer it was quite breath taking with benches for people to sit on to pray. From here you go into the Tomb Warriors with statues of clay warriors it was fascinating to wander round and read the inscriptions which made it so easy to understand the history of the Qin Dynasty.
We finished our visit by going to the Yong Feng Shangdian department store with its vast displays of merchandise and my niece bought a parasol and I bought a silk purse.
Whether you want to eat or just wander around do try to visit China when you go to Epcot.
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