Grand Opening Celebration of the
St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden
July 13, 2019
Join Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and St. Paul’s Sister-City Changsha delegates as they lead the Grand Opening of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows and Flowing Waters at Phalen Park (also known as Liu Ming Yuan | 柳明園 and LUB VAJ PHOOJ YW).
10:00am - Dragon Festival Opens at Boat launch area.
10:15am - From Boat Launch Area: Public Parade with the Mayor and Delegation: Dragon Dance to Xiang Jiang Pavilion and Lion Dance to Main Stage.
10:30am – Grand Opening & Ribbon cutting at Xiang Jiang Pavilion with cultural performances.
11:00am to 1:00pm – Family-friendly cultural activities at the Xiang Jiang Pavilion: Calligraphy, Chinese and Hmong Cultural demonstrations, Chinese painting, and have your photo taken in pop-up characters from the Dragon Festival Story!!
Noon - Cultural performances at the Main Stage (next to the “Meditation” sculpture by Changsha Master Lei Yixin.)
Poetry Contest. Submit a poem to the First Annual Qu Yuan Poetry Contest. Winner will read winning poem during the Grand Opening at the Xiang Jiang Pavilion. June 10, 2019 submission deadline. For more details, refer to the following: http://mnchinagarden.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Qu-Yuan-Poetry-Contest-R-A-Final1.pdf Nature is your inspiration.