Enter through the remarkable replica of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven. “Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China,” in the House of the Whispering Willow, is a miniature re-creation of a tiny portion of the legendary terra-cotta warriors of the Han Dynasty, scaled to the size of a hotel room (the original mausoleum is twice the size of Epcot). The Gallery also contains a few cases of figures dating as far back as 260 BCE.
Influences: Beijing’s Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) and Temple of Heaven.
Fun Stuff to Buy: Upon exiting the film, cross the hangarlike shop and enter House of Good Fortune, a particularly good store (photo op: a huge sculpture of Buddha). It sells plum wine ($20), lots of tees and teas, Chinese jackets ($40–$140; in silks, polyesters, and blends), jade bangles ($150), embroidered handbags ($40), teapots ($30–$50), paper parasols ($25), fans ($10), conical hats ($18), and tea sets (from $20). They’ll write your kid’s name in Mandarin for free.
Entertainment: Make time to catch the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats, some of the most riveting street performers in the World Showcase.
Character greeting: Mulan