We used the Four Ambassadors Hotel for the MWS during 1969-1979. It had just opened and was the only downtown hotel capable of staging the MWS.
Just behind Brickell Avenue, overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Looking over the Bay, we could see a narrow island, Claughton Island, with a few trees. There was an ordinance that allowed the owner of such property to develop it if the ownership was prior to, I think , 1924.
With each MWS we began to see changes. Bulldozers had been ferried over. Trees cut down, piles driven in.
Then nothing happened for a few years. Trees grew again.
Your correspondent lives in a condo six blocks south and has a birds eye view of the scene . Around 1979, a causeway was built across and an enormous expansion took place. High rise condos, shops and restaurants. The Mandarin Hotel.
The island now had a new name.
The allusion to China is to the South China Sea.
But there is a direct China connection to Brickell Key.