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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 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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Bend, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Teahouse was fun too. I had some sort of the tea egg and cookies with my tea upstairs overlooking the ponds and gardens. Lovely. I would've sat outside but there was only one seat left in direct sun, even in Oct it was too hot. Lovely experience, keep telling my husband he needs to see it.

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USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If at all possible , take a guided tour. If you like taking photographs, there are endless scenes. The tea room is wonderful. Be sure to ask how to drink from the covered tea bowls. This is a great place to relax.

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The gardens are very pretty but small, and we were disappointed not to see fish in the pond. It is a nice peaceful place to wander and the story behind it is quite nice, a gift from the sister city, but frankly, it's a $5 attraction, not a $9.50 one, and I'd have rather kept my money.

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Florence, Oregon
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99 reviews 99 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

It was centrally located and easy to find parking. The layout has a beautiful design and and lots of variety to walk around at your leisure.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful Chinese gardens with a lovely tea house. It's not too big so you can pop in for a 1-2 hour visit or stay longer and read or enjoy the peaceful of the gardens. A nice oasis in a busy downtown.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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149 reviews 149 reviews
62 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It was lovely and very relaxing. I really enjoyed all the different rooms, displays, and artists. I also loved drinking in the tea house. It was $9.50/person, so just be aware of that. I spent over an hour in the gardens, so I thought it was worth the money, and they do give tours for no extra price so if... More

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Columbia, MO
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This Chinese garden is the most meticulous installation I've seen. The garden is small, but packed with details. There are lots of little pockets throughout the garden where you can't see other visitors and it feels very serene. Water features throughout the garden lead you along and the moon gates pull your mind into the next garden room. We had... More

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Redmond, WA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Varied displays and a nice tea house. The tour was well worth waiting for and was free of charge. Some of the "rooms" have a lot of very interesting displays.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You walk off the busy Portland streets into this magnificent, quiet garden. Spend time, sit on the benches, watch the water. We stayed over an hour just absorbing the atmosphere. This beauty and serenity cannot be in the middle of Portland, but it is. Such a contrast to the lovely Japanese Gardens, one so compact in an urban setting, the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This beautiful garden was put together by landscaping experts from China and it is a marvel in the Portland city center. Beautiful pavilions, a waterfall, a pond full of fish and blooming lotus and flowers everywhere. It's amazingly quiet for being in a busy part of the city and provides a tranquil oasis from urban frenzy. The guides and docents... More

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