Make Water Dance in China


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Make your way towards the back of the China pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase and step into the Yong Feng Shangdian shop. There, on a pedestal, is a large bronze basin with two handles, one which most guests assume to be a simple wash basin. This basin, however, is unlike any you've ever seen before, as it is the Fish Basin, or "water-spouting" basin. Stop to read the small sign above the basin which reads...

"The fish basin is dated back to the song Dynasty (960 to 1279 A.D.). The bronze basin has two prominent handles and four fish in relief on the bottom, as well as a line emanating from the mouths or tails of the fish. When the handles are rubbed briskly with the palms of the hands, a harmonious sound is heard and standing waves are excited in the four quadrants along the circumference. Meanwhile water column comes alive, spouting into the air, as if squirting from the four fish."

Go ahead and give it a try!

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