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Lan Su Chinese Garden

239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Town - Chinatown)
503-228-8131
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Ranked #10 of 301 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went to the garden for the first time yesterday and became members because of the incredible time we had. There is a peacefulness present in this place. The trees, flowers and shrubs were gorgeous. Can't wait to return.

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Spokane, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Beautiful calm chinese garden. Very artistic. Nice place to take pictures. We took some really nice family photos. Takes about 30 minutes to see everything. There is an admision fee. Cute small gift shop.

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed how beautiful this place was. It's hidden among all these downtown high rises but when you walk in it's like you've been teleported to a different place. Japanese maple trees were beautiful and the grounds was very well kept. I've been to a number of Japanese gardens and this Chinese garden was my favorite. They offer students discounts... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

In the middle of the hub bub, there is a garden. I love the white-washed walls. The rocks. The doorways. The water. The flowers. The aroma. The tea. The views through every window and door. The sights of looking up and seeing the city, and looking down and seeing garden respite. I am amused by the "busy"ness of this garden... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I was surprised how much beauty can be packed into such a small space. Taking up half of a block in downtown Portland, you'll find the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Beautiful vistas, intricate tile and woodwork, and a clear viewing pond are just some of the treats in store for you. The Tao teahouse is also worth a visit. The... More

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Portland, oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is a great thing to do if you are staying in the city and only have a few hours to explore. The garden is getting to be quite mature and lovely and is an outstanding oasis in the middle of NW Portland. The plantings are skillfully done. Something is in bloom all year round. Even in the dead of... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Well received by every employee in every area of the gardens. Loved the tea house experience. Such a lovely time out from the hustle of the city right in the middle of the city! Beautifully kept grounds. Our family loved it!

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Huntsville, TX
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19 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We almost did not go to this unique place nestled in Portland's China Town not far from the river. I had mentioned to a client we were going to walk up to the Japanese Garden and he suggested we not do that, that we drive. But, he quickly added, we were only three or four blocks from something he thought... More

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Overall, the gardens are maintained beautifully. But they're small and you can go through the whole thing in 30 minutes (as we did)

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Portland OR
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been members of the Lan Su garden since it opened. I visited Suzhou gardens and see how and why Portland is blessed with this one--it was built by gardeners from China. You forget you are in the middle of the city. There is fragrance and there are blooms all year. The tours are wonderful.

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