© 1997 P. Dingley. Last revised 02/Jan/98.
|At A Glance
||Far East themed park. No thrill rides, but plenty of
accurate miniature scale models of chinese sights. Opening
hours from 09:30 AM, closing varies by season. Admission
is charged. Time required - half to 1 Day
Splendid China is a Far East themed park featuring scale
models of buildings, monuments, and statues found in Asia
encompassing over 5,000 years of Far Eastern heritage. In
total there are more than 60 authentic replicas and exhibt
contained within a 76 acre area, mostly built by 120 artisans
brought in from China specifically to build the park's models
using architectural techniques and hand crafting methods dating
back to the 14th century when many of the original artifacts
The centerpiece, if any one item can be considered such,
is a half-mile long replica of part of the Great Wall of China,
accurate in every detail, even down to the fact that it is
built from over 6.5 million individual bricks all of which
were hand-laid for the project. There's a 4-story high reproduction
of the famous Leshan Buddah (the original is over 235 feet
tall), and a re-creation of the 'Wind and Rain Bridge.
The first thing encountered on entering Splendid China is
a replica of the central marketplace and streets of a chinese
city, Suzhou Gardens, featuring authentic shops filled with
oriental products, a range of excellent restaurants, and performances
and demonstrations of Asian music, dancing, and martial arts.
As well as the replica of the Great Wall, the Wind and Rain
bridge and the Leshan Buddah, other attractions within Splendid
China include a replica of the Forbidden City where Chinese
rulers lived within the imperial walls, The maze of the Stone
Forest, and the Terra Cotta warriors exhibit features individually
sculpted warriors guarding the tomb of the Qinshijuang Emperor.
Splendid China even features the majesty of the Potala Palace,
home of the Dali Lama. Personally I find it somewhat distasteful
and hypocrytical, that a park dedicated to the celebration
of Chinese heritage should feature an exhibit about the Dali
Lama since the real Dali Lama is living in exile unable to
return to his homeland as a result of the opressive Chinese
regime that has overrun and "annexed" Tibet, outlawing the
Tibetan religion. But that's just me personal point of view....
Directions to Splendid China
Splendid China is located near Orlando's main tourist centers
on U.S. 192, approximately 2 miles west of Walt Disney World's
main entrance. It is best approached from the I-4 by taking
The address is 3000 Spledid China Boulevard, Kissimmee, Florida
Tel: (407) 396-7111 or US Toll-Free 1-800-244-6226.