Help us raise the remaining $350,000 for the 1st Chansgha-style China Friendship Garden in U.S.
To date we have raised half of our $700,000 budget for the construction and installation costs of the 2018 Phase of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Regional Park in St. Paul, Minnesota.
We still need to raise $350,000 of the $700,000 budget - Yes, we've already raised half the budget as of November 1, 2017! The 2018 Phase will include the Xiang Jiang Pavilion, a gift from Changsha of a replica of Changsha’s famous Aiwan Pavilion and surrounding plaza, as well as the West Entrance Arch, East Entrance Donor Wall, a Hmong Embroidery Wall stone sculpture (symbolizing the 5,000 year-old ancestral connection between the Minnesota Hmong and the China Hmong), with plants, rocks, and decorative pathways.
We have made significant progress:
- Raised approximately half of the $700,000 budget as of November 1, 2017
- Preparing a sister-city gift exchange in 2018, the 30-year anniversary
- Changsha will gift the Xiang Jiang Pavilion to St. Paul. St. Paul will gift a set of 5 life-size Peanuts Characters statues to Changsha.
- Anticipated Groundbreaking Ceremony in 2018.
- Signed the sister friendship park agreement between Phalen Regional Park and Yanghu Wetlands Park, Changsha in 2015
- The MN China Friendship Garden Society received $50,000 in Legacy funding in 2015 for the creation of the China Garden conceptual designs
- Two Changsha architects created beautiful conceptual designs, unveiled in early 2016 (see website)
- Site Dedication in July 2016, with keynote speaker former Mayor George Latimer (signatory of the 1988 sister-city agreement)
Later Features in the China Friendship Garden will include: Hmong Cultural Plaza, Lakeside Classroom Pavilion with covered walkway and moon gate, Chinese arch bridge, artistic rocks, etc.
This China Friendship Garden will:
- be a symbol of Minnesota’s longstanding friendship with China and a recognition of its sister-city relationship with Changsha since 1988
- recognize the historical and ancestral relationship of the Minnesota Hmong with the 3 million China Hmong in Changsha, Hunan Province
- promote Minnesota’s understanding of China and of China’s rich cultural heritage
- serve as a recognition of the contributions of the Chinese American community to the Twin Cities
- serve to enhance peoples’ connection to and appreciation of nature
- build a cultural bridge that will boost international trade and tourism between China and Minnesota