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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 #9 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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Victoria, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This was a delight to discover. This traditional Chinese garden is a wonder of landscaping all fit within one city block. It is so relaxing, and you could spend a long time here just soaking in the serenity of the well designed gardens. There is a little Asian restaurant on site, and there are special lectures and guided tours, with... More

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Seattle
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a small, but absolutely lovely and peaceful garden in Chinatown. It takes up a city block. While you're navigating the garden, it's easy to forget that you're in the middle of a large city. The landscaping and plants are gorgeous. There is a large pond with coy, and a tea house where you can relax over a cup... More

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a unique, block square enclosed garden that is beautifully landscaped with trees, bushes, and flowers that are beautiful year-round, in the rain or sunshine. The buildings, pathways, and water features are all spectacular. Consider visiting the teahouse, run by Tao of Tea, for a restful treat, which features live Chinese classical music on the weekend.

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Seattle
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28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Never the same twice is their slogan, and it's true. Through the years, we have been here when there are downpours, when there is snow, when it is 104 degrees. Always exquisite, always rejuvenating. We live in Seattle, but maintain a membership here.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is such a delightful surprise in the middle of the city. Take your time and wander through this magnificent garden. I would especially recommend taking a tour if you have the time. The guides provide incredibly interesting information about how the Garden was built and all the symbolism that is present in each section of... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I am a member of the Lan Su Cinese Gardens, primarily because it allows me to visit as often as I would like without paying an entrance fee. It is a calming place to retreat amidst the heart of the city. Take time to take in the serenity of the gardens and then stop at the tea house for a... More

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

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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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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