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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.

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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.

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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