She is a little girl made of ceramic porcelain. Despite being easily scared and shy, she has a feisty side to her and will fight for what she wants and believes in. She is very dependent on Oscar, often asking him for protection. This may be a result of her close relationship with her late father.
Role in the film
After hearing of the arrival of the long-awaited Wizard, the inhabitants of China Town began celebrating, much to the anger of the Wicked Witch of the East who sent an army of flying baboons to destroy the town and kill its people. China Girl's family was left dead and she was left trapped.
Upon their journey to kill the witch, Oscar and Finley spy smoke coming from the remains of China Town, so they go to help and find a crying China Girl beneath the devastation. China girl recognizes Oscar immediately as the Wizard and when her broken legs are revealed he fixes them together with glue, she tells them of the tragedy which happened to her city. Oscar invites China Girl to join them as he is expecting to soon direct her to the Emerald City, but after she throws a fit as she has already lost her family and has formed an attachment with Oscar.
The trio travel to the Dark Forest in search for the wand of the Wicked Witch, who is in fact revealed to be the beautiful Glinda the Good Witch of the South, upon meeting them Glinda explains that she is not the Wicked Witch but Evanora is. The army of the Emerald City and the flying baboons then arrive and attack Glinda, Oscar, Finley, and the China Girl. Glinda's magic allows the team to escape, first hiding them in a fog, then having them fly to Glinda's Castle.
There, Glinda tells Oscar that she knows he is not the Wizard, China Girl is unaware of this and enjoys the attention of the young girls of the City. After the attack of Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West Oscar grows fearful and plans to leave Oz because he does not believe they can defeat the wicked witch, after China Girl tells him of how the old king used to grant wishes and how she wishes she could have her family back, Oscar tells her of a "Wizard" named Thomas Edison, a man who could make moving pictures, this gives Oscar inspiration and instead tells Glinda of his plan to create a great illusion instead of a battle at Emerald City. Along with the other inhabitants of Glinda's city China Girl helps with the plans for the upcoming battle.
During the battle's events, Glinda is captured and her wand is saved by China Girl, who during Oscar's distractions saves Glinda. While this goes on, Oscar steals a large amount of gold from the Emerald City vaults and seemingly flies away with it in a hot air balloon. The Wicked Witch of the West shows this to the town and then destroys the balloon to destroy the city's hopes. This is simply an illusion by Oscar to make the town think he was dead so that he can be reincarnated as the Great and Powerful Oz, a wizard with no human form, which is really just a face projected onto smoke in the center of the city thanks to the wagon sneaked into the city earlier.
After the battle is won and peace is restored to Oz, Oscar creates a miniature version of his projection system, as he needs to make the citizens believe "Oscar" died but that Oz lives on in order to keep them united against the wicked witches. In keeping with the previous king, but unable to grant wishes, he gives story gifts. He gives China Girl the greatest gift he could possibly give her; a family. Thus, Ginda and Oscar adopt China Girl as her daughter, and she along with the others watch in happiness as Oscar and Glinda kiss behind the curtain.
- Prior to Oz the Great and Powerful, the China Girl character had not appeared in any Oz films.
- China Girl's Kansas counterpart is the young girl in the wheelchair at Oz's show. The girl wants Oz to make her walk, as she believes in him. When the audience demand Oz make the girl walk, he confesses he isn't a real wizard, resulting in him being exposed as a fraud. Unlike the young girl, Oz manages to make China Girl walk using glue.