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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. To visit Lan Su Chinese Garden on your holiday in Portland, and find out what else Portland has to offer, use our Portland.
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  • We stayed downtown and walked to the garden. It was very beautiful. It was a nice and calm place in the middle of the city. Had to walk by a lot of homeless people. I wouldn’t do this in the evening.....  more »
  • Well worth visiting this is a gorgeous array of temples, flowers, water features, a tea house, gift shop and a large quantity of amazing koi fish.  more »
  • Rock work must see - extraordinary rock hand-laid flooring, worth it just to see the walking surfaces. Beautiful, small, very doable for all ages and abilities, and best of all, FREE! Downtown...  more »
  • This garden is very peaceful and has plenty to offer. My girlfriend and I easily spent two hours here appreciating the architecture and the plats. Favorite part was the tea House though. Very small and intimate set up and friendly staff served a variety of Chinese teas and small dishes. Dishes ranged from dumplings to moon cakes. I recommend trying a few.
  • If you love Asian gardens, you can do the whole garden in 20, 30 minutes while your waiting for a restaurant reservation. The tea house with the harpist is so cool. Really a little drop of China in Portland. So glad we stopped here.
  • Amazing hidden gem in the city. Knowledgeable friendly staff. Stop in have tea and a stroll in the Garden let the stress slip away. The tea house It is wheelchair accessible around the side. Parking is on street. The meters take change and cards. No parking apps necessary.
  • An all time favorite. Exhibitions change and some painting may be bought, so worth visiting more than once a year. Inside is a lovely two-story tea house, where I recommend trying out the moon cakes.
  • Such a gorgeous, peaceful place that spirits you away from the bustle of the city. I highly recommend taking a break in the tea shop about halfway through the garden (it is a slow-paced experience in there too so be prepared to spend at least 30-45 minutes in there if you order food). I wouldn't recommend this area for kids since a lot of the experience is simply enjoying the nature and architecture. The kids I saw there seemed restless. However, as an adult it was so relaxing and serene. Without the tea visit, it probably would take only about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through the whole area while truly soaking in everything.

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