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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 an urban garden, relatively small and surrounded by modern buildings. It is supposed to be an oasis in a busy urban area. Essentially the entire garden was built in Suzhou, China, then shipped...  more »
  • I felt like I was in China. Walls enclosing the entire gardens, such attention to detail and plant choice. And don't miss the little tea shop! Wonderful tea. When we were there, there was a very old m...  more »
  • I actually got to visit Lan Su Chinese Garden for free with my library pass. I am so glad that I did b/c I felt like it was not worth the cost of a ticket. It did have some interesting artifacts and i...  more »
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  • This is a must see while in Portland. Personally, I enjoyed this garden even more than the Japanese Garden, especially since the Japanese is currently under construction. Lan Su Chinese Garden opened in 2000, but you would think that it has been here for hundreds of years! It was modelled after gardens in Suzhou, China. I was fortunate enough to see the Master of Nets Garden in Suzhou in 2007 and I can attest that this garden has the same look and feel.
  • Went here during the Mid-Autumn Festival so it was really busy! Prices are pretty nice (~$7 a person) and the garden is really well-maintained. It's a great spot to study in the garden and the couple of quiet spaces/buildings they've got. If you go for a visit, make sure you hold onto your receipts! You can use them to save on some cash if you end up getting a full year's membership. Plus, they apparently rotate with the Japanese Garden's memberships through the year. Super nice deal, and super nice place!
  • Beautiful if small garden close to downtown Portland. It is a nice spot to catch a tranquil moment. The garden is impeccably maintained. We did not do the guided tour, but they do offer them. There is a tea house too. I would suggest going before noon or later in the evening. The entry fee is around 9 dollars.
  • Outstanding Chinese garden. The brochure you're given with your ticket is gorgeous and very informative, but I highly recommend one of the free guided tours to get the full story behind the garden, its highlights, and how it came to be. Our tour guide was Carol, a Chinese woman whose passion for the garden and Chinese culture shone through. The architecture as wonderful as the foliage, and a variety of dragonflies can be seen flying around the lotus plants and waterlilies. Be sure to check the schedule of activities as well. On the Sunday I was here there was a kids accordion book art project, an ink painting class, an artist painting calligraphy characters, and a young lady playing a guzheng (Chinese harp), all of which were complementary though donations were encouraged for the calligraphy characters that you could take home. I enjoyed every minute of my time here.
  • Our visit was enhanced by a pleasant and knowledgeable guide who translated and explained the poetry that is an integral part of the garden. After tour, which lasted about 40 minutes, we walked through the garden again to revisit its many beautiful sites. With so much to see and do in Portland, it was tempting to make this a quick visit, but I'm glad we took the time to linger and really enjoy this peaceful place. I look forward to seeing it again in different seasons. We especially enjoyed the calligraphy demonstration and brought home a poem to help recall a happy day.