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Lan Su Chinese Garden

239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Town - Chinatown)
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Ranked #9 of 309 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Drinking
Traveler Description: Lan Su Chinese Garden is the result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China's Jiangsu province... more »
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Pelham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

When the brochure states "Lu San is a window into Chinese culture, history, and way of thinking", the statement is true. Open April 15 - October 14 from 10 - 6 and October 15 - April 14 from 10 - 5 even the General Admission fee of $9.50 is worth the cost. Seniors (62+) $8.50) Children under 5 free, and... More

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El Dorado Hills, California
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely garden. I had never been before and enjoyed a quiet and restful stroll through it. Sadly it is in a bit of a seedy part of Portland, not reflective of the major portion of the city. But if you like gardens it is worth walking the 1 or 2 blocks into this part of the city... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent a lovely time going on a guided tour of this beautiful garden. It is so seamlessly accessible that my sister was able to go just about anywhere using her scooter. Our volunteer guide was knowledgeable and took so much joy in the garden that it was contagious. A small gem that is easy to get to and even... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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20 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a small garden near the waterfront and has many nice features including free guided tours. It is quite beautiful with ponds and beautiful plantings. There is a modest admission fee.

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Dallas, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We got here when it opened bad happy we got the first tour of the day. It gets busy, which is wonderful but we were happy to get a quiet first look. This is a well maintained, gorgeous garden. We actually stumbled upon the gardens and happy we did. What a great oasis within the city. The tour guide was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Nice little Chinese garden, with a lovely tea house and plenty of charming architecture. Deserves multiple visits! Only complaint I have is that the admission is rather pricey, but it does keep the garden clean and filled only with those who really want to be there - as opposed to randoms off the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was a favorite destination of ours on our first trip to Portland. The Tea Shop on the premises is not to be missed. The garden has many lovely spaces and we did not feel rushed. Neither was it crowded. Excellent value for the money. We purchased a family ticket.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Arrive early before the tour buses. Very relaxing day out, especially on a hot day, but do come before the crowds. So easy to forget you are in the centre of town, but only when quiet and peaceful.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is the most perfect garden I've ever visited. It is not large, but every slight change in your view presents something completely new and delightful. It is also the most photogenic garden I know. There are beautiful Chinese buildings with astonishing carvings which are beautiful viewed from without, but which are also designed to present wonderful views of the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Beautiful and tranquil gardens in the noisy city. Tucked away in The Old Chinatown section of Portland. If you're really into gardening and some Chinese history, then the guided tour (included in the ticket price) is probably worth it. Otherwise, it can be very tedious. Easy and small enough to walk around on your own.

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