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10 Best Beaches in Asia - Okinawa

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Asian Americans Celebrate Heritage Month at the Governor’s Mansion Tallahassee--Hundreds of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the State of Florida flocked to Tallahassee May 26 to join Governor Scott’s special reception at the Mansion to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month., a traditional congressional proclamation in the month of May. The reception, held at the mansion’s lawn, welcomed busloads of community leaders representing hundreds of Asian American organizations from all parts of the State where they enjoyed wine, sushi, and array of ethnic food. There were cultural presentations at the lawn ranging from native dances to martial arts to ethnic music. Dr. Clyde Diao, a Filipino American, Chair of the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT), and a member of the governor’s cabinet, introduced the governor. He enumerated the various state government’s economic plans, especially the 777 project of the governor, which is geared to help create jobs for Floridians. He said that the Heritage Month reception was begun three years ago under then Governor Crist, He then thanked Governor Scott, on behalf of Asian Americans, for continuing the tradition. He specifically thanked the Governor for appointing Ananth Prasad, an Indian American to head the Florida Department

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of Transportation, a state agency. “This Heritage Month is a special opportunity,” the governor said in his speech,” to acknowledge and honor the achievements of Asian Americans, and communicate to the community the diverse contributions of Asian Americans to the overall vigor and vitality of the economy in the State. He also introduced his wife Anne (they were married since they were 19 years old) stating that they also nurtured the American dream and began from simple beginnings to the Governor’s Mansion. He said he and his wife have begun studying the Mandarin dialect.

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Ms. Chao, an American of Chinese ancestry, spoke of her early years in the country, speaking no English at age 8, but nurturing a dream to one day achieve the American dream. She did, from a one bedroom apartment in New York City to becoming Labor Secretary, the only Asian so honored.

The governor then introduced special guest Elaine Chao, Department of Labor Secretary.

Elaine Chao 趙小蘭, the first Asian Pacific American woman and first Chinese American appointed to a President’s cabinet in American history. She served as the United States Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009.

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C.K. Lau and Governor Rick Scott Lita Martija Dr. Joy Bruce, president of the Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF)

Dr. Joy Bruce from Fort Lauderdale, president of the Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale-based National Agency to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (NANAY) presented a framed “Paint A New Portrait of Florida” 2011 Census Brochure cover to the governor. She said that AAFF, with more than 75 member Asian American organizations, working diligently with Governor Crist’s 2011 Census Complete Count Committee, proudly announced that the population figure for Asian Americans has now risen from 266,000 in year 2000 to almost half a million, the fastest growing ethnic group in the State.

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The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration is a partnership between the Executive Office of the Governor and Florida’s Foundation. The reception was supported by AT&T, Prudential, Keiser College and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.

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Representatives from Asian Associations including Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Heritage Council, Asian Heritage Association of Lockheed Martin Central Florida, Asian Pacific Women’s Association, Bayanihan International Ladies Association, Bayanihan at Wedgefield, Central Florida Asian Youth Group, Central Florida SunTrust Diversity Council, Chinese American Association of Central Florida, Council

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Li Na’s win to inspire young Chinese Li Na became China’s first-ever Grand Slam singles champion in the French Open final. Newly-crowned French Open champion Li Na has set her sight on next month’s Wimbledon Open. Li claimed the first grand slam women’s singles title for China and Asia, beating defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) in the French Open. The triumph also raised the 29-year-old to world number four from seven.

Li Na also changed the sports in China permanently. Today Tennis is the third-most watched sport on Chinese television, behind basketball and soccer, and is gaining popularity among players. Last year, it was estimated that 14 million people in China regularly play tennis, up from 1 million when the sport returned to the Olympics in 1988. That’s three times as many as in France and about half the 27 million estimated tennis players in the U.S.

“Today is a dream comes true. When I was a young player, I wanted be a Grand Slam champion,” said Li Na. Find your passion and stick with it.

Shanghai-based Oriental Daily said she was the “No. 1 Sister” of Chinese sports. Her semifinal win was watched by as many as 65 million viewers in China, according to the French Open website.  Compiled by Asia Trend

School children in China Do Michael Jackson Dance Routines Every Morning A middle school in China has given up their regular acrobatic exercises. Instead, school children started to dance like Michael Jackson. More than 700 students’ stage mass performances of Michael Jackson dance routines appeared in a school in Chongqing City in southwest China. Their favorite robotic routine - from the video of his hit Dangerous – is believed to have been inspired by internet footage of prisoners in the Philippines performing MJ’s Thriller dance. They have also choreographed their routine to the Korean hit melody, ‘Nobody’, by the Wonder Girls, in the past, said the principal. Headmaster Wan Lu, 36, explained: “We used to practice tai chi but the students said they wanted to do something more modern. The video ends with a message from the school’s faculty, reading “all our efforts are worthwhile as long as the children grow up happily.” This video showing more than 700 school children dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” has taken the Internet by storm.

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Cultural Attractions The culture in Okinawa is a mixture of Japanese and Chinese influences evident in the various landmarks in this city. A top tourist attraction is the Gyokusendo Kingdom Village that showcases Japanese culture and crafts like Eisa dance performances, dying textiles (bingata), and brewing of awamori. The Ryukyu Village is a theme park that presents the Okinawan culture and lifestyle. The Castle Ruins (Nakijin Joseki) offers a stunning view of the Iheya Island and the Hentona city.


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The reasons to visit Okinawa Okinawa consists of more than a hundred small islands at the southwest of mainland Japan. The island chain has a comfortable subtropical climate with high temperatures and high rainfall, which keep the islands verdant all the time. Tourists may come at any time of the year except between late summer and early fall when destructive typhoons visit the islands.  Compiled by Asia Trend

The island of Okinawa has so much to offer for tourists who want to enjoy the summer heat in the beaches. One of the best summer destinations is the Moon Beach, which is known for its coconut trees, white sand, and pristine blue waters. The beaches in the Iriomote and Ishigaki islands attract many local and foreign visitors as well. The best time to go to the beaches of Okinawa is between April and November when the weather is warm.

Watersport Activities Okinawa is home to the most diverse marine wildlife and stunning coral reefs in the world, making the place perfect for water sport activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Among the marine wonders to explore in Okinawa are manta rays, tropical fish, octopus, hammerhead sharks, and sea turtles. Yaeyama Island is one of the main island chains in Okinawa, is a famous destination for tourists who are looking for an alternative to the busy and active cities in Japan. The relaxing rural life in Yaeyama islands offers not only serenity, but also opportunities for water adventure activities.


Ishigaki Island Dragon Boat Festival

The major shopping street in Okinawa is the Kokusai-dori, which is lined with malls and shops that offer handicrafts, jewelry, and other souvenir items.



Shurei Gate in Okinawa

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The Okinawan dishes are a fusion of Japanese and Chinese culinary styles. Some of the delicious dishes you must try in Okinawa are the Okinawa soba (wheat soup with pork nuggets), somen (wheat noodles), irabu-jiru (sea snake stew), yagijiru (goat stew), and irabucha (parrot fish). Don’t forget to order Okinawa’s specialty rice liquor, the awamori, and the popular Orion Beer.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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Okinawan Sweet Potatoes are a unique variety of sweet potato with purple flesh. In Japan they are called Beni Imo for purple sweet potato.

Okinawa Tree House Restaurant

The entrance of Onna branch was designed based on the main building of Okinawa’s Shuri Castle; unique features are an S-shaped entrance roof called “Karahafu”, a dragon-head ornament, and bright colors like vermilion.

This treehouse is a restaurant, serving Asian food. It is located on Highway 58 at the entrance to Onoyama Park in southern Japan where it overlooks the ocean. Visitors ascend via a lift inside the trunk.


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CAACF CHARGE dragon boat team – the first Asian Dragon Boat Team in Central Florida

Very tight final race – Red Dragon Miami (1:46.52), Tampa Blade Runners Red (1:47.02), TECO Tan Anou Red (1:47.21), The Dragon Slayers (1:47.24) and Wun Fun Cru of Lake County (1:48.12)

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races Attracts Thousands  By Shally Wong

Thousands of athletes and spectators enjoyed the Tampa bay International Dragon Boat Races along with AsiaFest 2011 and International Beer Festival in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park throughout the day on April 30. Dragon Boat Races started at 9 in the morning, with a heat running every 12 minutes. More than 50 teams competed for a division champion in a course of 450m on the waters, with a fully buoyed 5-lane course. Red Dragon

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for the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival nized paddlers, one drummer, and one steersperson, race down a 500-meter course on Lake Buena Vista. Social groups, corporations, and fitness enthusiasts alike embrace the sport of dragon boating because it builds camaraderie, emphasizes teamwork and unity, and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

ORLANDO, FL., May 24, 2011– GWN Dragon Boat announced Tuesday that Walgreens will be the new title sponsor of the annual Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on October 15, 2011 held at Walt Disney World® Resort. Entering its fourth year, this unique event features participants competing in 40-foot long canoes adorned with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. Teams consisting of 20 synchro-

“We are excited to have an organization such as Walgreens take a leadership role in the event,” said Aaron Soroka, Chief Operating Officer, GWN Dragon Boat. “Their focus on the health and wellness of their customers and staff make the sport of dragon boating and this event a perfect fit.” “Dragon boating combines teamwork and physical fitness with centuries old tradition,” said Marlin Hutchens, Market Vice President, Walgreens. “We are excited to play a role in promoting healthy living through the sport to our customers as well as the people who work for us.” The Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival will be the last stop of the Major League Dragon Boat Series. It attracts recre-

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ational and competitive teams from all over North America and has been the catalyst for many new start-up teams in the Orlando area. With help from the Orlando Health Foundation, in partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, the number of teams participating at the one-day regatta is expected to surpass 100 this year, making the annual event the largest in the Southeastern United States. “Dragon boating has proven to be a great physical therapy for breast cancer survivors so it aligns well with our mission and outreach efforts in the community,” said Cheryl Collins, vice president, Orlando Health Foundation. “It’s a great way to be physically active and support a great cause.” GWN Dragon Boat and Walgreens believe this sponsorship will encourage others to discover the benefits of dragon boating and a healthy lifestyle. For more information or to register a team, visit • Jun 2011




The World Tai Chi Day

in Central Florida

Sifu Sam’s student novice Maria Espinal doing Earth Style’s Movement “Brush Knee and Push”.

“Inner Smile” Tai Chi players ready to heal the world.

Sifu Sam Winters and group starting their “Opening Movements”


very year on April 30th at 10am World Tai Chi & Qigong Day occurs because thousands of people worldwide who share a common vision of hope & healing for our planet and her people come together each year to organize events in 65 nations.

April 30, 2011 marks World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and at Barber Park a disciplined group of practitioners of all ages and knowledge levels come here for one reason: To heal the world with their “Qi” one step, one breath at a time. This is what the event is all about. Everyone around the world does these meditation in motion exercises at 10 a.m. in their time zones, which creates a “healing wave” and promotes the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. I was very honored to read and receive for the group a proclamation from the Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer proclaiming this day, April 30th, 2011, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. After a group photo, it was now about time to start the event. Everyone found their places and at precisely 10:00 a.m. started to do their forms, which some were as long as 20 minutes and shorter forms were just repeated until everyone was finished. I asked the participants about their experiences which were very similar and unique. We all then sat down to a Pot Luck lunch where everyone shared their food and drinks. After giving a brief discussion of the history of Tai Chi and Qigong, I then turned it over into a question and answer session where

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novice student Maria asked “how long should I practice my Tai Chi each day?” I told her at least 30 minutes a day because this is a slow aerobic exercise which massages your joints and ligaments and makes your body more flexible and pliable and it also improves your body’s balance, which leads to less slip and falls and gives you a more energetic and youthful look - which increases your longevity. Sifu Cliff Black posed another great question to the group: “Which is more important, the student or the teacher?” The group thought for a minute and was split down the middle 50/50. Sifu Cliff said, the answer is, you need both of them because if this art is to survive, you need a knowledgeable teacher and a willing and disciplined student. If one of these is missing, the information cannot get passed on. The “lineage” will stop. The group then found a partner and practiced “Push Hands”, which is the martial aspect of Tai Chi Chuan where awareness of yourself, your partner and the surroundings is the key to getting better at this disciplined longterm exercise . The day was coming to an end and I felt everyone who was there shared and became a little more aware of the true depths that

Tai Chi and Qigong has to offer and our positive “Qi” energy took one step and one breath closer to healing the world! I want to thank everyone who came to my 6th annual event especially the Sifus and teachers: Cliff Black, Katherine Vaccaro, Bob Waers and Don Moore. Sifu Sam Winters of the Hsin Yung I-Chuan School of Tai Chi a long-term practitioner who has performed many “friendship demonstrations” at Asian festivals and events around the Orlando area for the past 4 years. He has also served for 2 years as a Judge at the International Chinese Martial Arts Tournaments and previously competed and placed for 8 years on the ICMAC circuit. Anyone interested in being a part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2012 or having a Tai Chi demonstration performed at their Asian event or business, or receiving Tai Chi and Qigong instruction, please contact Sifu Sam Winters at (407)238-7450. Leave a message or e-mail at

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Purposes of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day: 

1) To educate the world of the profound health & healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong for individuals, communities, and nations

2) To thank Chinese culture for creating and sharing these profoundly valuable gifts with the world

3) To bring together people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, to join together for the purpose of health and healing, providing an example to the world. One such event occurred in Orlando at the Traditional Martial Arts center were Sifu Charles Rivera of the Health Tai Chi And Qigong Association of Florida promoted the World Tai Chi and Qigong event. Sifu Charles is a certified Sifu of the Association under Sifu Hui Yin Foon 許燕歡 in Hong Kong. Sifu Charles learned Tai Chi 24 simplified form 廿四式簡化太極拳 the Yang 32 straight sword

32 式楊家太極劍 and Yang broadsword 楊家 太極刀. He also learns the Health Qigong Ba Duan Jin健 身氣功八段錦(8 brocades system) method. Later he met Sifu Chan in New York who taught him Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan 太極功夫扇 and also Chen Style Tai Chi 陳式太極拳. As Tai Chi teaches the body to move and change more easily and effortlessly, it provides a model for the mind and heart to change more easily, too. Therefore, as you continue with Tai Chi, you may discover you eat healthier, drink more water and less soda, get better rest, adopt habits which are healthier and more beneficial to you and others, and spend more time with people who make you feel good about yourself. For class time and information please contact Sifu Charles at 407-230-0541 or email  By Sifu Charles



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Death the great puzzle

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A person who died during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake was born at 1pm on May 17, 1972. Another person born in the same hour and date remains alive in Hong Kong. A mainlander who died during the Japanese tsunami was born on March 18, 1955. Another person with similar birth details lives in Malaysia. What these examples tell us is very clear: there is a flaw in using your birth date when seeking to divine your destiny from fortune tellers or fung shui masters. The life-reading experts can tell you all sorts of things in a beautiful and nicely written Chinese poem. But one thing is for sure: they can’t tell you your actual date of death.

If you believe in karma, you know that only saints are sent to heaven while those with sins are sent back to Earth to rerun their life. This is to say that all humans are not perfect and often make mistakes. We are here to live again to make us better - although some often make the same mistakes again and again, creating a larger and larger karmic debt. A collective debt - mistakes by the same group of people - is especially detrimental. In my previous article, I pointed out that respecting others will certainly change your course of life. It is that simple. However strong you are, you will still not be as strong as a tsunami.

If anyone can, please let me know so I may learn from him or her.

However rich or significant you are, you can still became a victim of an earthquake.

I have been searching for great masters for the past 15 years - and I am still searching.

So love your parents, love your country and, above all, be nice to Mother Earth, which nurtures us.

No one can tell you precisely when you will die - or even the exact date and locations of disasters, such as the quake and tsunami in Japan.

Thought of the day: We are not whole, we are only part of a whole.!

We have to understand that all living beings are on Earth for a reason.

Go with the flow The five elements of ancient Chinese metaphysics refer to the study of mountains, medicine, forecasting, astrology and facial reading. But there is a caveat because once a name is given, say, to a cup, then everything else is not a cup. Another example is when water is in a bottle, it becomes a bottle; when water is in a bowl, it becomes a bowl. This is Tao. The term fung shui in Chinese simply means wind and water, but wait - this is not so simple in ancient texts and applications. Ancient scriptures use the broader term kan yu, which refers to anything above (sky and cosmos) and on the ground. So actually the term fung shui refers not only to wind and water, but to the formation of the universe. The Tao is formed from darkness. Yin and yang emerged from that and formed heaven (cosmic sky) and earth, then male and female, and so on. One can see that Tao is not about religion, it is more philosophical and theoretically oriented toward explaining the universe - as does kan yu and fung shui. Many, especially those with religious beliefs, think that kan yu or fung shui is superstitious and would rather not talk about it. I’ve had a professor, a government minister and others refuse to talk to me about this, and I can’t blame them because I was once a skeptic as well.

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Twenty years ago, I was in the United States teaching martial arts to doctors, lawyers and accountants. Their enthusiasm and interest toward Oriental arts was intense. A student came to talk to me about fung shui. Being young, I tried to change the subject by saying to him that this was superstition. I can still remember seeing the frustration and anger in him as he replied: “How can you simply disregard your 5,000 years of Chinese heritage?” I was shocked by his remarks. He then went on to elaborate that fung shui is nothing but a study of the environment and our surroundings - we are all involved whether we like it or not. So do not belittle fung shui, just go with the flow. Thought of the day: I do charity not because I have plenty but because I know what the needy do not have. Master Kerby Kuek has been practicing Feng Shui and life reading for more than 10 years. His areas of expertise include Chinese astrology, name analysis, face reading, as well as I-Ching. Kuek strongly believes that Chinese Metaphysics is nothing superstition: It is a combination of formulae, experiences and common sense, whereby a trained master can skillfully integrate it into your daily life and thus help you to achieve your personal and financial goals. He has published three books on fung shui. Email:

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Lao New Year is known as “Boon Peemai” in Lao. It is also called “Boon Deuan Ha”, the Fifth month festival, because it is celebrated during the fifth month of the Lao lunar calendar that marks the end of the dry season and beginning of the rice planting season ahead of the monsoonal rains, or “Boon Hode Num”, the Water Festival, because water-throwing is one of the main events of the festival. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of April. This year, the Lao community in central Florida celebrated their New Year on the 23rd and 24th of April at Wat Navaram Buddhist Temple, 2381 Narcissus Ave., Sanford, Florida. Crowds from all over Florida and many parts of the United States had a chance to taste many authentic Lao foods and experience a variety of Laotian cultural shows and dances, live music, procession of Miss Sangkhan (Miss New Year). For more photos of the celebration, please visit

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Buddha’s Birthday Celebrated at the Guang Ming Temple On May 15th 2011, Guang Ming Temple celebrated the Buddha’s Birthday, the most celebrated festival in the Buddhist world, with over 1,500 guests coming throughout Florida. The festival started with a welcoming guest ceremony and traditional offerings of candles, fruits, flowers and incense by members of Buddha’s Light International Association. After the prayer and wishes by the Venerables, Dragon Legend’s two northern lions led the guests to Buddha’s Bathing ceremony signifying “the purified body and mind”.

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2100 E Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________

4822 N University Dr. Lauderhill, FL ________________________________________


10209 E Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________

4465 N University Dr. Lauderhill, FL ________________________________________

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Chun Ching Market

2202 W. Waters Ave. Tampa ________________________________________

Phở 88 Noodle

6417 Raleigh St. Orlando 407-822-1080 13586 Village Park Dr # 306 Orlando 407-851-9933 ________________________________________



Mikado Japanese Cuisine

5079 Edgewater Dr. Orlando refer to P.19 for more details ________________________________________

Oceanic Oriental Supermarket

Phở Hòa


Woo Sung Oriental Food Mart 407-295-4077

Bento Cafe ________________________________________ Got Tea 813-930-0470


8463 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando ________________________________________

10950 E Colonial Dr. Orlando refer to P.11 for more details ________________________________________


New Saigon Subs

Sushi Tomi

Farm Fresh Produce Market 407-615-8882_

112 Pauls Dr., Brandon, FL 33511 ________________________________________



6400 International Dr, Orlando 407-345-0245 8249 Vineland Ave #108 407-239-4920 ________________________________________


refer to P.11 for more details

Brandon Oriental Market

1206 East Vine St., Kissimmee

Lạc Việt Bistro

12950 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando



803 N. Orange Ave. Orlando ________________________________________


Eastside Asian Market

Phuoc Loc Tho market

Philippine Fiesta Restaurant

Little Saigon

6327 International Dr., Orlando 407-352-1607 ________________________________________


refer to P.29 for more details 877-668-MD88 (6388) ________________________________________


901 South Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL ________________________________________

SHOGUN Japanese Steak House (鉄板焼き Teppan-yaki)

10127 E. Adamo Dr. Tampa

Green Oriental Market


5944 34th St N #37 St. Petersburg

Hana Sushi



151 S Orange Ave. Orlando 407-999-8989 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd. Orlando 407-352-2277 3841 SW Archer Rd. Gainesville 352-224-5123 ________________________________________

1106 E Fowler Ave. Tampa

812-816 N. Mills Ave. Orlando ________________________________________

Fil-Am Cuisine Inc. (3 Angels)

Thuy Cafe


Bento Cafe


3197 W. Vine St., Kissimmee ________________________________________


Ming’s Bistro


3500 SW 13th Street , Gainesville ________________________________________

4145 Northwest 88th Ave. Sunrise ________________________________________

Golden Lotus Restaurant


2702 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa ________________________________________

Chop Stix Cafe

M D Oriental Market (Brandon)

Bento Cafe ________________________________________ VariAsian Crazy Buffet

5132 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando


1106 E Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 2021 East Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 1242 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando ________________________________________ 649 N Primrose Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 730 N Mills Ave. Orlando ________________________________________

Silver Pond


4285 N State ROad 7 (US 441) Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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657 N Primrose Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 2740 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa

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1333 N Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236

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Service: Orlando, Kissimmee, Tampa, Deland and more

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Father’s Day Weekend Special at China Garden

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when you make a $30 purchase (excludes Gift Card purchase) only on June 17th (5-9pm) • June 18th (5-9pm) • June 19th (noon-9pm) (Dine-in ONLY) *reservation required *while supplies last

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Goldenrod Rd

HWY 436

S Semoran Blvd

CHINA open 7 GARDEN days

Target Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm Baldwin Friday SaturdayPark Sunday HWY 50 11:30am-10:30pm 12pm-10:30pm E Colonial Dr12pm-10pm

118 S Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792

407.67 1.2120

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118 S Semoran Blvd Winter Park, FL 32792

Waters Ave

407.671.2120 92



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E. Altamonte Dr

(Corner of 436 & University Blvd.)

China Garden

University Blvd

Goldenrod Rd

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University Blvd

HWY 436 S Semoran Blvd

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