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 .
Lan Su Chinese Garden Reviews
Do not be concerned about the homeless who share the streets at the entrance to China Town. Brave it and you'll be rewarded with a memorable experience. This garden is truly beyond description. It wil... more »
It's been many years since I visited this garden. It is very peaceful and you wouldn't even know you're downtown! The buildings are beautiful as is the koi pond and landscaping. We walked into the tea... more »
The Chinese garden is awesome! A lot to discover, amazing buildings very high density of beauty. But the price is touristic high. And it's small. Too small for relaxing or a walk. During nice weather it gets quickly crowded. But it has a lot to offer for one or two visits a year .. or decade.
Through the eyes of an adult, this garden is an overwhelmingly lovely example of craftsmanship. From the inlaid stone paths to the intricate wood carving to the beautifully manicured plants, this garden exemplifies true attention to detail. Through the eyes of a child though... this place is truly magical. Upon entering the courtyard one is transported into a different world; away from the sounds and sites of the city street just across the wall, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of a bustling city. The volunteer provided us with a “scavenger hunt” for things to look for within the garden. The search aspect got him interested but the sense of not knowing what lay beyond the next corner kept him interested.
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