Help us raise the remaining $350,000 for the 1st Chansgha-style China Friendship Garden in U.S.

We need your donations by January 1, 2018!

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)
Your contribution will make this dream a reality. 

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
The  MN China Friendship Garden Society is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with a mission is to establish China Friendship Gardens in Minnesota in order to further promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of China and Minnesota.  This is a collaboration with St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department, St. Paul’s District 5 Planning Council, Changsha People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Changsha Yanghu Wetlands Park. 

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