With numerous problems from the start, Splendid China, a 75-acre miniature park, opened in 1993 and lasted until 2003 when it closed and was sold off. Owned by the People’s Republic of China, artists and performers who came to the US to work at Splendid China would seek asylum. Schools boycotted field trips to the Communist-owned property. Protests over Tibetan buildings and Mongolian misrepresentation didn’t improve the situation.
All in all there were over 60 miniature buildings built to exacting specifications and crafted by hand to achieve supreme authenticity. The miniature Great Wall took nearly 7 million 1-inch bricks to complete and was half a mile long.
On my way back to Orlando from DeLand, I spotted them from the road, made a u-turn and pulled in to Deco Gallery on US-441. Wandering among these tiny beautiful buildings it was easy to see the craftsmanship, the intent, the desire for perfection. As of this post, they’re now gone from Deco Gallery. Possibly in someone’s yard. I like to think that they have a new life filled with hamsters needing a luxe place to live.
Obviously the hamsters are also wearing silk pajamas and drinking green tea.