The Grand Opening of Florida Splendid China was held on December 18, 1993 – twenty years ago today.
Some of the people that were invited:
Richard Nixon (former President of the United States)
Alexander Haig (former Secretary of State)
plus Congressmen, Senators, local mayors and other dignitaries
(none of whom were mentioned as attending in media accounts)
Qian Qi-shen (Vice Premier of State Council – Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China)
Liao Hui (Director, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council)
Li Dao-yu (PRC Ambassador to the United States)
To show that the Chinese government was behind the theme park at the Grand Opening, flyers were handed out showing Chinese Communist Party leaders that visited the version of the theme park in Shenzhen, China. The image below shows Jiang Zemin, at one time the General Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.
Mr. Jiang Zemin, (first from left) General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, having an inspection tour in “Splendid China”
On the right:
With much attention and great concern of the leaders of our Party and state and the departments concerned, a number of heads of state in the world and noted personages in various circles and organizations have come to visit “Splendid China” Miniature Scenic Spot and China Folk Cultural Villages one after another.
Mr. Deng Xiaoping has visited “Splendid China” and China Cultures Villages.
The leaders of the Party and state having an inspection tour in “Splendid China” and China Cultures Villages, early or late, are as follows: Jiang Zemin, Yang Shankun, Li Peng, Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Song Ping, Li Ruihuan, Wang Zhen, Tian Jiyun, Li Ximing, Wu Xueqian, Qin Jiwei, Ding Guangen, Zou Jiahua, Bo Yibo, Xi Zhonxun, Ji Pengfei, Wu Xiuquan, Liu Lantao, Zhang Aiping, Liu Hiaqing, Peng Chong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmi, Seypidin, Ye Fei, Ni Zhifu, Chen Muhua, Sun Qimeng, Lei Jieqiong, Wang Hanbin, Song Jian, Wang Bingqian, Chen Junsheng, Liu Fuzhi, Hong Xuezhi, Gu Mu, Wang Guangying, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Chen Siyuan, Lu Jiaxi, Ismail Amat, Ding Guanxun, Ye Xuanping, etc.