31 January 2012

Land of time

The Chinese New Year, or more appropriately the Lunar New Year, is in full swing. The event does not begin on the same date every year; rather it follows the cycles of the moon. This year, the festival began on January 23rd and runs a full fifteen days, until the next full moon. Since we’re in the middle of the Lunar New Year celebration, I thought it’d be nice to take a look back at Epcot’s China Pavilion.This photograph is from early on in the pavilion’s existence, all the way back towards the beginning of the EPCOT Center itself in 1982. See Mickey Mouse, decked out in his best Chinese duds, there in the foreground? While it cannot be seen in this photograph, this early incarnation of the China pavilion was smaller than it is today. In fact, neither of the pavilion’s restaurants, Nine Dragons and Lotus Blossom Cafe, were completed and opened until 1985.

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