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Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland

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The walled Lan Su Chinese Garden is a result of the friendship between Portland and its sister city in China, Suzhou. The gardens are intended to provide insight into both Chinese culture and nature. Suzhou artisans built the 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) garden using 454 metric tons (500 tons) of rock brought from China. It features mostly indigenous Chinese plants. Stroll through the peaceful gardens to discover more than 400 species, including, orchids, bamboos, and water flowers. You can also find a number of typical Chinese garden structures, such as covered walkways, water features, and bridges. Stop in the teahouse to experience Chinese tea culture. Add Lan Su Chinese Garden to your Portland travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Portland trip itinerary builder.
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  • This is a moving and lovely spot in the heart of Portland, Oregon. The people are so friendly and helpful and the attention to detail in the venue is breathtaking. Upon entering, there is a peace and ...  more »
  • Great place to tour. Learned a lot from the tour bus operator before entering Lan Su Chinese Garden. Beautiful buildings and architectural detail. Compared to the Chinese Garden in Vancouver BC, Lan S...  more »
  • We went there not really knowing what to expect, and we were blown away! You have to pay an entrance fee, but there are free guided visit if you happen to be there at the right time : we went there at...  more »
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  • Smelled amazing (but not overpowering) and was a wonderful retreat from feeling hustled in downtown Portland. The small tea house is 2 stories and very charming. The waitstaff were trained in 2 types of tea ceremonial presentation and the tea and food were definitely worth the experience. The food, consequently, was vegan- and vegetarian- friendly which came in handy in our group. I tried the golden needle tea for the first time and it was absolutely scrumptious and refreshing. The bathrooms were lovely, clean and multi-stalled and the gardens themselves were enchanting and obviously well-loved and cared for by a competent staff. There were aesthetic photo opportunities at every turn and plenty of places to sit in quiet contemplation, if so desired. I went in late March, it sprinkled rain, and was still like a dream.
  • I really like this place! A little place of serenity in a city like Portland with Chinese culture. The tea house inside this garden is awesome! I have never been in a place like this. The botany is fantastic, we were there in early spring so we had some really fragrant flowers blooming. It was also raining, but at the same time very peaceful. I would return!
  • Well curated garden with a lot of nooks to explore and find places to relax.The tea pavilion offers high quality tea and yummy food. I tried two kinds of black and one of green tea. They were all of very good quality. I also recommend the Calligraphy pavilion where you can test your "writing" skills.
  • I highly recommend taking a tour if you can. Since this garden is not terribly large (one city block), it is really easy to breeze through it and miss something. A tour will force you to stop and consider what there is to see from multiple vantage points. It helps that the history and cultural influences behind the garden's construction are so interesting. Stop in at the tea house for a small snack and cup of tea if you have the time! There can often be a wait depending upon the day of the week.
  • A must see for all Portlanders as well as tourists visiting. The staff is friendly. The garden itself is beautiful and well maintained. Overall you have a peaceful setting that inspires deep thoughts. There is also a little tea house which provides a variety of different teas and small dishes. I wouldn't come here every weekend, but I would strongly recommend visiting at least once.

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