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Best things to see in Portland, Oregon: Lan Su Chinese Garden

We experienced the Lan Su Chinese Garden on a rainy day with sun breaks. The Garden is beautiful in all weather conditions and in all seasons.
We experienced the Lan Su Chinese Garden on a rainy day with sun breaks. The Garden is beautiful in all weather conditions and in all seasons.
Elizabeth R. Rose

It’s only a city block, but the Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most beautiful city blocks you’ll encounter in Portland. Located in the Chinese district of Old Town, Portland, the Chinese Garden will transport you to the peace and beauty of 16th Century China.

Boathouse - Lan Su Chinese Garden
Boathouse - Lan Su Chinese Garden
Elizabeth R. Rose

The garden, professionally designed and developed by 65 artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou, China, was opened in 2000. Most of the building materials are from Suzhou and the special plants you’ll encounter are those you’ll find in a traditional Chinese garden.

When you visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden, allow at least an hour to wander the beautiful plants and explore the art and architecture. Plan more time if you want to take a tour, a class or enjoy tea in the lovely tea house.

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is the type of place that will bid you to return. Return and see the plants in the four seasons. Return for special events. And, return to discover the beautiful details found in the plantings and the architectural details.

The garden is a surprising place. It is a great place to relax amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland, to take a break and reflect on your life. And, after your visit, visit the Garden Shop for a beautiful remembrance to gift or to take home.

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a refreshing place to visit no matter what the weather. If it is raining, duck into one of the buildings or sit and enjoy the rain from the shelter of a pavilion.

You can purchase tickets online.

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