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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 vacation planner .
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  • Beautiful 14th century Chinese home of a wealthy Chinese family. Gorgeous landscape, buildings, water ponds, plants, trees and atmosphere. Very delightful and calm environment. Take the free tour as t...  more »
  • While I prefer Japanese Gardens, this place is interesting for the history of silk weaving and the way it incorporates nature and man-made features. The self-guide tour pamphlet is well designed and i...  more »
  • The Chinese Garden was so beautiful. We enjoyed the small, yet elegantly designed garden. My friend has been to China and remarked that this was the best Chinese Garden that really captured the essenc...  more »
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  • Lan Su Chinese Garden is a wonderful place to get away from the "hustle" of Portland. Even though the gardens are located downtown, you don't hear anything from outside the garden walls. It's very peaceful inside, a good place for quiet reflection. There are always a couple of different art exhibits going on inside some of the buildings. The teahouse is lovely, and is a relaxing environment to enjoy a pot and look out on the gardens. They have many different varieties of tea, something for everyone. I usually try to visit each time I go to the city. Check it out if you're interested in a relaxing afternoon.
  • Beautiful garden in the middle of a quite busy city. When I was there they had a woman playing music as well as another doing fan art. There was also a scholarly man doing calligraphy. He gave me a lotus flower and it was beautiful. Ten dollars will get you in the door and it is more than worth it. The koi fish a large and abundant in the ponds as are sights to be seen. Definitely a serene break.
  • I love Lan Su! After bringing multiple visiting friends and family members to see it several months ago, I just went for it and got a membership. Admission is currently $10 per adult, and the membership was only $60 for the year. It's paid for itself many times over since, as I can bring a guest with me any time. The garden itself is much more spacious than you would imagine from the outside. It's beautiful and relaxing and quiet in there. The teahouse is great, I've enjoyed everything I've ever had there. A lot of the time there's some kind of cultural event going on at the garden, so if you want you can learn a thing or two about Chinese culture. On different occasions I've tried my hand at calligraphy (spoiler: it takes years of practice to be any good), heard interesting stories about Chinese history, and eaten tasty special occasion snacks. It's great! You should go.
  • This garden has become one of my Portland favorites, visiting often to catch the changing seasons. Sadly the area is rather desolate... but the gardens themselves are well maintained and there is always one or two special exhibitions and demonstrations. Helpful staff and a great two story tea house. You can get innovative with your camera angling and cropping to avoid the skyline peering above the garden walls. A great escape, bring a book and enjoy a break from the city in the city!
  • Simple, tranquil spot in downtown Portland. Not too expensive, which is good, because there isn't much too it - really, the price is right. We enjoyed the tea house (both snacks and tea), and the service was cheerful and quick. Not sure we'd stop again, but we enjoyed our recent visit, and wouldn't discourage others.
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