Lan Su Chinese Garden is located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. Designed and built in 1999 in the Ming Dynasty style, the classic Chinese garden occupies a 40,000-square-foot block. More than 60 workers from the Chinese city of Suzhou designed and built the gardens to ensure a traditional design. They shipped all tools, huge pieces of wood, and 500 tons of various rocks from their homeland to create a fully authentic place in Portland's urban area.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is a peaceful and colorful break from day-to-day routine. The enchanting garden in the middle of a vibrant urban area is influenced by many famous classical gardens in Suzhou. Once inside, the serenity and beauty transport the visitor to another place full of tranquility with hustle and bustle of city life immediately disappearing in the beautiful oasis.
Most of the plants are indigenous to China and can be up to 100 years old. There are more than 100 types of trees, orchids, bamboos, perennials, and aquatic plants. Lake Zither is a dominant artificial feature in the center of the garden. The plants are carefully chosen and artistically placed to give a beautiful scenic view. At night, the lanterns all around the lake illuminate the water offering a great view through the darkness.
Walkway bridges and prominent structures took in the ancient tradition and love architects and builders put into creating a piece of their cultural heritage inside the busy American city. These include the Celestial Hall of Permeating Fragrance, Flowers Bathing in Spring Rain, Painted Boat in the Misty Rain, Moon-Locking Pavilion, and the Tower of Cosmic Reflection, and much more.
The architecture, ponds, plants, and art are exquisite in every detail. It is indeed a replica of an original Chinese strolling garden you can enjoy without taking a flight to China.
Numerous entertainment activities take place in the garden during the Lunar New Year, which is the most joyous and colorful Chinese festival. Lion dance, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, and family-friendly activities are part of the occasion.
Visitors are provided with a brochure and guides are well informed to disseminate the information about the garden.
In the Teahouse guests can enjoy music and a cup of tea as a way to add a perfect touch to the truly unique experience.
March 15 - October 31 from 10 am to 7 pm; Garden Shop: from 10 am to 7:30 pm
November 1 - March 14 from 10 am - 4 pm; Garden Shop: from 10 am - 4:30 pm
Adults - $9.50; Seniors 62+ - $8.50; Students (6 - 18) - $7.00; Family Pass (2 adults, 2 students) - $28.00; Children (5-) - free