Red Chinese Ting at Lake Eola
Red Chinese Ting
Guilin (Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, China)
Erected in Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park in 1988, the red Chinese pagoda-like structure is called a "ting" due to its single story. It was constructed out of wood, ceramic, brick, and mortar. Dr. Nelson Ying bestowed the ting to the City of Orlando and Mayor Bill Frederick in 1987. Ying, director of The China Group Incorporated, chose to dedicate the pavilion to beautify Downtown Orlando and offer a place for international exchange for the mayor and dignitaries. Two years before the ting was gifted in 1985, Ying worked closely with Mayor Bill Frederick to secure a sister-city relationship with the City of Guilin by accompanying Frederick on a three-week goodwill trip to China. Guilin’s downtown landscape consists of four lakes, and downtown is easily recognizable by several pagodas that adorn these lakes. Ying intended to honor the young sister-city relationship with Guilin by placing his donation on the edge of Lake Eola in an effort to mirror the sister-city’s landscape. The ting was built in China by the Shanghai Construction Arts and Crafts Corporation, disassembled for shipping to the United States, and then rebuilt in Orlando. The ting is located in the northeast corner of Orlando’s Lake Eola.
Original digital color image by Gianna Borawski, October 8, 2013.
Is Part Of
Central Florida Monuments Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
"Hidden in Plain Sight: A Selection of Central Florida Monuments." RICHES of Central Florida.
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Red Chinese Ting, Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Guilin, Guangxi, China
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Dr. Anne Lindsay's Public History: Principles and Techniques Undergraduate Class
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