The largest Chinese garden in the United States, Lan Su is located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. Built in the Ming Dynasty style in 1999, the traditional Chinese garden occupies a 40,000-square-foot block. More than 60 workers from the Chinese city of Suzhou designed and built the gardens. They shipped all tools, huge pieces of wood and 500 tons of rock from their homeland to create a fully authentic place in the 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 you to another place of tranquility. You immediately lose the hustle and bustle of city life. Most of the plants in the garden are as old as 100 years and are indigenous to China.
There are more than 100 trees, orchids, bamboos, perennials, and aquatic plants. Shrubs are also located throughout the garden. Lake Zither is a dominant artificial feature in the center of the garden. The plants are carefully chosen and artistically placed to give the beautiful scenic view. At night, the lanterns all around the lake illuminate the water offering a great view through the dark.
Walkway bridges and prominent structures such as 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 are lovely.
The architecture, ponds, plants and art are exquisite in every detail. A visit to the garden is a truly unique experience. It is indeed a replica of a Chinese strolling garden.
There are numerous entertainment activities that take place in the garden during the Chinese New Year, which is the most joyous and colorful Chinese festival. Lion dance, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, and family-friendly activities grace the occasion.
Experience the heritage of the wild east by taking a trip to Lan Su Chinese Garden. This is a small slice of China in this valley. Among the many attractions of the garden there is the Chinese Pagoda. Don’t miss out on the water features, as Lan Su Chinese Garden is known for its beautiful clear ponds and rock pools.
Visitors are provided with a beautifully written brochure about the garden. The guides are well informed to disseminate the information about the garden.
In the Teahouse enjoy music and a cup of tea.
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