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Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden Portland

Where is it at?

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Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 Northwest Everett Street
Portland
OR
97208-3706
Tel: 503 228 8131

Directions

Visiting by public transit The Garden is easily accessible by buses and by MAX, Portland’s light rail train service. The Garden is located within Fareless Square, and is free from many hotels and locations within the central city. The Garden is located at the Old Town Chinatown stop on MAX and accessible by buses 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 33, 40, and 77. To reach the Garden from locations throughout the city, visit TriMet’s Trip Planner, which can provide door to door directions using public transit

Where are we going today?

Our mission in developing this unique and diverse living collection is twofold. As a botanical garden, we seek to create as much diversity as possible within a small footprint (only one city block). Our goal is to provide visitors with a microcosmic view of the wealth of China’s native flora. As a purveyor of traditional Chinese culture, the Garden’s botanical collections provide an invaluable tool for explaining customs and traditions rooted in human interaction with plants over China’s lengthy and well-recorded history. To the monks who nurtured 1,000-year-old camellias behind the sheltering walls of aged temples and to the artisans, crafts people, and plantsmen who built the Garden and procured the plants, we express our most sincere appreciation. And to the citizens, east and west, who so generously gifted the garden with relevant species and private contributions, our heartfelt thanks.
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When can we go?

Summer hours April 1 - October 31 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Winter hours November 1 - March 31 10:0

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The Lan Su Chinese Garden offers guided tours of the garden during the school day and school calendar to pre K-12th grade students at a school rate. The minimum number of people required for a school tour is 15 people (for example, 12 students and 3 adults.) To book a docent-led school tour, the Chinese Garden requires at least 2 weeks advance notice. If the group falls below the 15 person minimum, the cost will be calculated on normal admission fees. For groups larger than 25-30, additional .

What people are saying?

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    Nicely made and maintained Chinese garden, in the Chinatown that really isn't a Chinatown. P-town folks know what I'm talkin' bout. All the staff were friendly, well-educated in the garden's history (they go to school for a year to be tour guides!) and were definitely an unexpected and pleasant surprise to our visit. Thanks, Diana!

    There are so many awesome photo ops, but prepare for loads and loads of crowds. Everyone is nice about it, but it's hard to get pics of the beautiful garden, without some random tourist in the background. If it bothers...Read More

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    We visited during the mid-autumn festival in Early September. Having lived in Portland 32 years, I had never been to the gardens and instantly fell in love with its beauty and tranquility. From the moment we passed through the entry gate we were transported into a culturally rich, spiritually fulfilling, and visually stunning environment. The towering skyscrapers provide a remarkable urban backdrop to this tranquil oasis.

    During the festival, the gardens are a great family get away in the city. There were plenty of activities to keep both parents...Read More

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    Initially, I did not think that I would enjoy Lan Su Chinese Garden at all because from the outside, the garden seems very small, almost too small for me to justify the entrance fee of nearly ten bucks. I was very wrong though. Even with all the people walking around snapping pictures, self-included. The garden is very peaceful and tranquil. I got a chance to take a lot of good pictures inside of the garden it was very serene and calming. I even had a really cool “look, a squirrel” moment.

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    Peaceful open minded place to go to get away for a bit. My to favorites are the kio ponds and the tea house. I also like the garden layout with japanese maples and color flowers. I plan on coming back.

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    Very pretty, but way too expensive. Try to go during the warmer months so you can eat at the tea house

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by B Be

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Nicely made and maintained Chinese garden, in the Chinatown that really isn't a Chinatown. P-town folks know what I'm talkin' bout. All the staff were friendly, well-educated in the garden's history (they go to school for a year to be tour guides!) and were definitely an unexpected and pleasant surprise to our visit. Thanks, Diana!

There are so many awesome photo ops, but prepare for loads and loads of crowds. Everyone is nice about it, but it's hard to get pics of the beautiful garden, without some random tourist in the background. If it bothers you, try to go on a non-weekend day.

Also, the tea house was quaint, but the (the majority of) staff wasn't friendly or well-trained in service (boo). Was a little disappointed at that, hence the removal of one star. Plus, there were huge crowds of folks waiting to get a seat. If it's empty, I'd stop in again for a cup of tea to help support the garden (not a pot like we mistakenly EACH got; would have been nice if they said something), otherwise I wouldn't wait for a table.

by Jon Taylor

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We visited during the mid-autumn festival in Early September. Having lived in Portland 32 years, I had never been to the gardens and instantly fell in love with its beauty and tranquility. From the moment we passed through the entry gate we were transported into a culturally rich, spiritually fulfilling, and visually stunning environment. The towering skyscrapers provide a remarkable urban backdrop to this tranquil oasis.

During the festival, the gardens are a great family get away in the city. There were plenty of activities to keep both parents and children occupied. Multiple performances, including a lion dance, took place hourly and there are great vantage points from nearly every area of the gardens.

It was extremely refreshing to spend the day in a place where you can escape the crowds of downtown and are not pressured to buy souvenirs and overpriced food. The setting allows guests to take their time capturing all the gardens have to offer. Stroll along the many walkways, relax and take in a great view, or simply close your eyes and reflect alongside the calming pond.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 80° F / 26° C
Humidity: 66 %
Wind: North - 1 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 88° F / 31° C
Humidity: 48 %
Wind: NNW - 5 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 74° F / 23° C
Humidity: 61 %
Wind: NNW - 11 MPH

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