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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 19, 2019 - Join the Missouri Botanical Garden for our annual springtime festival of Chinese culture.
Chinese Culture Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. The festival features acrobatics, square dances, tea and cooking demonstrations, traditional artwork and authentic regional cuisine.
The event officially kicks off with an opening extravaganza and parade Saturday morning. Marvel at a magnificent performance from a 70-foot dancing dragon as the festival gets underway.
The theme of this year's event is "Friendship Forever" as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of St. Louis' sister-city relationship with Nanjing.
As part of the theme, we will present special "Intangible Chinese Culture Heritage" demonstrations featuring artisans from Nanjing. This is a rare opportunity to see talented artisans show off cultural skills on the verge of extinction, like lantern making, sugar painting and paper cutting.
Audiences will be astonished by a Chinese Acrobatic Show featuring dazzling dance, amazing acrobatics, and mystical music.
Stroll through the Chinese Garden, which will be adorned with more than 100 hand-made lanterns from Nanjing depicting traditionalChinese musical instrument performances.
A special folk art show will take audiences on a journey across time and space as they learn more about Nanjing's historic significance.
This year, the festival also coincides with "World Tai Chi Day" on Saturday, April 27.
A celebration with 150 masters from a dozen local Tai Chi schools and organizations will demonstrate various Tai Chi styles. Audience participation is encouraged - come learn some new moves! World Tai Chi Day - celebrations happen at 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Other Tai Chi demonstrations will take place both days as well.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy a variety of colorful performances. Dance with the dragon. Learn how to Chinese square dance. Understand the art of Chinese tea. Watch all-star chefs from Nanjing and learn how to prepare delicious, yet easy to make, Chinese dishes.
A grand parade will bring together dance teams, acrobats, performers in traditional costume, martial arts teams, drummers, and a traditional wedding party for an unforgettable performance. The parade also offers visitors the chance to meet cast members.
A Children's Arts and Crafts area will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Pose with our panda mascot between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Food is available for purchase in the Chinese Food Court. See live demonstrations and exhibits of traditional Chinese arts. Shop for unique merchandise and souvenirs in the marketplace.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for Members, $5 for children ages 3 to 13, and free for children of Members. Admission is free for all children under 2.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.
For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call 314-577 5100 (toll-free, 1 800 642 8842).
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to St. Louisans, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The garden also features the Climatron Complex, water lily reflection ponds and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.
The Climatron® geodesic dome and rainforest conservatory was dedicated 40 years ago in October 1960, replacing an old house built in 1913. The structure incorporates principles established by innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller and was the first application of geodesic engineering for a greenhouse. The St. Louis architecture firm of Murphy & Mackey developed plans for the facility with Garden director Frits W. Went, who coined the term, Climatron.
The dome is 70 feet high and 175 feet in diameter, permitting tall palm trees to tower majestically above the tropical vista of streams, waterfalls and 1,200 different species of exotic trees and plants. Temperature ranges from 64 to 74 degrees and average humidity is 85 percent.
Visitors can enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making their way by orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads and a number of endangered species. In 1976, the dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history.
The Garden, covering 79 acres, is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 44 between Vandeventer and Grand. Extended summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free parking on premises, as well as an extensive gift shop and restaurant with patio dining. For more information, call the GardenLine at 314-577-9400 or 800-642-8842.
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