St. Paul Chinese garden getting pavilion gift from sister city

The Chinese Friendship Garden planned for Phalen Regional Park will feature a replica of the famed Aiwan Pavilion, thanks to St. Paul’s sister city in China.

On Wednesday, St. Paul officially approved an exchange with sister city Changsha, China. St. Paul will send five statues of Peanuts characters to the south central China city of 7 million residents. In return, Changsha will send St. Paul a replica of its pavilion, one of China’s most cherished.

The pavilion will be a focus point of the planned St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden. Other features of the estimated $7 million project would include an entrance arch, a pagoda-like lakeside pavilion and a Hmong cultural plaza. Changsha is the ancestral homeland of the Hmong.

“The garden will honor our bond as international partners, and connect the Minnesota Hmong and Hmong ancestral home of Changsha, China,” St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said. “This gift exchange will be a symbol of our global community ties for generations to come.”

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