Chinese

Culture Days

at Missouri Botanical Garden

Saturday and Sunday| April 27-28 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Due to festival programming, there will be no early morning walking hours on Saturday, April 27

A Grand Parade led by a 70-foot dancing dragon opens our annual springtime festival of Chinese culture.

Chinese Culture Days festival features acrobatics, square dances, tea and cooking demonstrations, traditional artwork and authentic regional cuisine.


Enjoy special activities in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden.


Since 1996, the Garden has collaborated with the Chinese Culture Education and Services Foundation to produce an event to celebrate Chinese culture. Hundreds of community volunteers work towards producing a weekend filled with colorful Chinese pageantry, art, music and dance, history and legends, and of course, wonderful food! 


General Admission

$16

Adult (ages 13 & older)

$5

Child (ages 3–12)

Member Admission

$8

Adult (ages 13 & older)

Free

Child (ages 3–12)

Admission

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Thank you for helping support our mission.

Chinese Culture Days Festival ticket sales helps to raise funds for our mission “To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life" here in Missouri and around the world. 

Schedule of Events

Opening and Grand Parades

Time Event Location
10:30–11 a.m. Pre-opening Parade Show Spoehrer Plaza
11–11:30 a.m. Opening Parade Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
11:30–Noon Opening Ceremony Cohen Amphitheater
2–3 p.m. Grand Parade Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater

Saturday

Time Event Location
2–3 p.m. Grand Parade Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater

Sunday

China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions

Nanjing Paper Cutting is one of the origins of paper cutting in China. Since the 1950s, Nanjing paper cutting products have been exported to many countries around the world. Combining the boldness typically seen in north China with the delicacy in south China, Nanjing paper cutting uses smooth lines and curves to show various patterns. It features a unique Nanjing style with distinct identities of decoration art in the context of traditional culture. Without a script, artists rely on the images in their mind, and use scissors as their sole tool to produce artworks through a series of non-stopping actions. In 2009, Nanjing paper cutting was inscribed in UNESCO "Intangible Cultural Heritage List".


Zhang Jun is the fifth-generation inheritor of a National Intangible Cultural Heritage--Nanjing Zhang's paper cutting, and an industrial artist. He graduated from Nanjing University of the Arts. He started to learn paper cutting skills at 10. After nearly 20 year's learning and practice, he has grasped the Nanjing school's paper cutting skills, including the unique "Douxianghua" paper cutting techniques which are at the verge of extinction. He has won a lot of awards on international cultural exchange events held in the United States, Canada, Nigeria, France, Italy, Belarus and Ukraine.

Time Event Location
10 a.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)
1 p.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)
3 p.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)
4 p.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)

Saturday

Time Event Location
10 a.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)
11 a.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)
1 p.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)
3 p.m. China's Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions Climatron (South Side)

Sunday

Chinese Acrobatic Show

Time Event Location
1–2 p.m. Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater
4–5 p.m. Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater

Saturday

Time Event Location
11 a.m.–Noon Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater
3–4 p.m. Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater

Sunday

Children’s Arts & Crafts

Time Event Location
10 a.m. Panda Show Spink Pavilion
1 p.m. Children's Choir Show Spink Pavilion
3 p.m. Panda Show Spink Pavilion

Saturday

Sunday

Time Event Location
10 a.m. Panda Show Spink Pavilion
1 p.m. Children's Choir Show Spink Pavilion
3 p.m. Panda Show Spink Pavilion

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible throughout the metro area and conveniently located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110.

(314) 577-5100

Location and Parking

Phone

Address

There is no charge for parking at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the event that the parking lot is full, visitors should use the free parking at the Metro multi-modal lots at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Vandeventer.

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Parking

Tour Group Parking

Saturday Schedule

Time Event Location
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Cultural Exhibits Monsanto Hall
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Children’s Arts & Crafts ( Panda Show 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ; Children's Choir Show 1:00 p.m.) Spink Pavillion
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Marketplace Spoehrer Plaza
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Food Court Upper East Lot
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Show (Paper Cutting, Knot 10:00 am and 3:00 pm; Lantern, Sugar Painting, Chinese Yoyo 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm) Climatron (South Side)
10–10:30 a.m. Square Dance Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen
10–10:30 a.m. Ceremony of Sister City St. Louis and Nanjing Chinese Garden
10–10:45 a.m. Tai Chi Day Cohen Amphitheater
10:30–11 a.m. Pre-opening Parade Show Spoehrer Plaza
11–11:30 a.m. Opening Parade Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
11:30 a.m.–Noon Opening Ceremony Cohen Amphitheater
Noon–12:30 p.m. Shaolin Kungfu Chinese Garden
Noon–1 p.m. Why Tai Chi Shoenberg Theater
Noon–1 p.m. Friendship Forever Cohen Amphitheater
12:30–1 p.m. Chinese Pop Music Chinese Garden
12:30–1 p.m. Panda Photo Op Climatron/Spink Pavilion
1–1:30 p.m. Dragon Dance Climatron/Spink Pavilion
1–1:30 p.m. Chinese Traditional Musical Show Chinese Garden
1–2 p.m. Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater
1–2 p.m. Everlasting Friendship Shoenberg Theater
1–2 p.m. Arts of Chinese Tea Kemper Demonstration Kitchen
2–3 p.m. Grand Parade Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
3–3:30 p.m. Square Dance Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
3–3:30 p.m. Chinese Qipao Show Chinese Garden
3–4 p.m. Chinese Culinary Arts Kemper Demonstration Kitchen
3–4 p.m. Tai Chi Extravaganza Shoenberg Theater
3:30–4 p.m. Chinese Wedding Party Chinese Garden
4–4:30 p.m. Chinese Traditional Musical Show Chinese Garden
4–5 p.m. Everlasting Friendship Shoenberg Theater
4–5 p.m. Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater
4–5 p.m. Arts of Chinese Tea Kemper Demonstration Kitchen

Sunday Schedule

Time Event Location
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Cultural Exhibits Monsanto Hall
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Chinese Arts and Crafts Children's Program (Panda Show 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) Spink Pavillion
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Marketplace Spoehrer Plaza
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Food Court Upper East Lot
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Show (Paper Cutting, Knot 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; Lantern, Sugar Painting, Chinese Yoyo 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) Climatron (South Side)
10–10:30 a.m. Square Dance Spoehrer Plaza
10–10:30 a.m. Shaolin Kungfu Chinese Garden
10:00-10:45 a.m. Tai Chi Day Cohen Amphitheater
10:00–11 a.m. Chinese Culinary Arts Kemper Demonstraion Kitchen
10:30–11 a.m. Chinese Pop Music Chinese Garden
11:00-Noon Tai Chi Extravaganza Shoenberg Theater
11:00–Noon Chinese Arcobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater
11:00–11:30 a.m. Chinese Qipao Show Chinese Garden
11:30–Noon Chinese Traditional Music Show Chinese Garden
Noon–1 p.m. Friendship Forever Cohen Amphitheater
Noon–1 p.m. Why Tai Chi Shoenberg Theater
12:30–1 p.m. Panda Photo Op Climatron/Spink Pavilion
1–1:30 p.m. Dragon Dance Climatron/Spink Pavilion
1–1:30 p.m. Chinese Wedding Party Chinese Garden
1–2 p.m. Everlasting Friendship Shoenberg Theater
1–1:45 p.m. Tai Chi Day Cohen Amphitheater
1–2 p.m. Arts of Chinese Tea Kemper Demonstration Kitchen
2–3 p.m. Grand Parade Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
3–3:30 p.m. Square Dance Spoehrer Plaza to Cohen Amphitheater
3–3:30 p.m. Chinese Qipao Show Chinese Garden
3–4 p.m. Tai Chi Extravaganza Shoenberg Theater
3–4 p.m. Chinese Culinary Arts Kemper Demonstration Kitchen
3–4 p.m. Chinese Acrobatic Show Cohen Amphitheater
3:30–4 p.m. Chinese Traditional Musical Show Chinese Garden
4–4:30 p.m. Chinese Wedding Party Chinese Garden
4–5 p.m. Arts of Chinese Tea Kemper Demonstration Kitchen
4–5 p.m. Everlasting Friendship Shoenberg Theater
SOURCE: Sources

Chinese Culture Days Festival Program