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Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Great hidden, less travelled garden. Better than the Japanese Gardens in our opinion. Nice free guided tour. Beautiful photo opportunities. 
  • What a lovely find. We joined the free tour and found out so much more. After we wandered around the gardens, had tea (served properly) in the restaurant and listened to some live Chinese music. It wa...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Considering that this is in downtown Portland (though admittedly not in the busiest part of downtown), I wasn't expecting the Lan Su Garden to be as peaceful and quiet as it was. It feels almost isolated from the city. You can explore the garden at your own pace or join a group being guided around by one of the staff. I'd recommend going with the guided tour, as there are a lot of interesting historical notes, as well as architectural and design points, you're likely to miss out on otherwise. If you have the time, though, make sure you stay and explore after the tour, particularly if you're botanically minded.
  • This is one of my favorite places in Portland. It's right in the middle of the city but inside, it's very peaceful. I enjoyed a cup of tea in the tea house that was very relaxing. Highly recommend.
  • We came at the perfect time apparently. Watt Lily's and Lotus were in bloom in the water. It was amazing. Tea house was great. Very friendly staff and wonderful tea. Highly recommend for a relaxing afternoon
  • Zero if I could so.. My pregnant wife was so excited abt this plc..evythn was great except for last 5 minutes.. Good things first..they had an event for the evening and so they were closing at 6..we went at around 5 n the guy at gift shop gave us a 50% discount coz of the above n was very nice..the plc itself is quite nice n the tea shop is great too, including the service, though we were constantly reminded of 6 PM deadline..v got out of tea shop by 5:50 n were heading out to exit when a security lady came n quite rudely reminded my wife she needs to leave by 6..I reminded her v had ten min n v were going towards exit anyways but she continued following us towards exit n literally herding us out..she was an inch behind us all the time n was NOT letting my wife slow down..what if my wife had tripped??!! I think sense of courtesy n respect is lost on these out n expect misbehavior from these guys..the tranquility offered by plc is lost if folks maintaining it behave this way.. I prefer Japanese garden over this any day next time I visit Portland..
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