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“Beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Town - Chinatown)
503-228-8131
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Ranked #11 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Drinking
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Owner description: Opened in fall of 2000, this is the largest Suzhou style garden outside of China.
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“Beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a lovely, colorful, pleasant walled garden in the heart of Portland, Oregon. It's a celebration of Chinese culture, art, and tradition. The plants and arrangements are thoughtful and serene and the tea and snacks are wonderful. This is a lovely place to lunch with friends, or a wonderful place to escape the business of town.

Visited March 2011
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“Quiet serenity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

While China Town is nothing to look at, if you have time visit the Chinese gardens. The tour lasts about 1 1/2 . Our tour guide was delightful, pity I can't remember her name but she knew alot. We even had a few peole from China on the tour and they were nodding their heads in agreement with the facts she was telling us. Make sure you visit on Tuesday because they offer a tea ceremony with price of admission. I beleive the admission was about 8 dollrs

Visited July 2011
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“It serves its purpose: escape from busy urban life”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

It's a small garden surrounded by tall buidings. Location itself is the main reason why some reviewers doesn't like this place but at the same time, you can definitely enjoy the quiet, peaceful garden away from noises and actions outside. In my opinion, this garden is also built from a best possible way giving that space is limited.

Houses and landscape are quite authenthic and they in fact use stones imported from China and Chinese builders. Maintenance is at least one step below the Japanese Garden and details should be more carefully maintained. For example, ponds are beautiful but it's a bit dirty and fishes are skinny. Yes, I'm comparing oranges to oranges. In fact they are the smallest koi fish I've ever seen.

Best assest of the garden is beautiful silk embroidery art work made by top Chinese artists. It's available for purchase. Tea house is also worthing checking out and you can even enjoy tea ceremony.

It's almost impossible to take pictures in the garden without including tall buildings outside, unless you are shooting the ground or water. Management should consider to reduce the entry fee in order to become more competitive and more reflective of the things they offered.

Visited July 2011
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

We visited the Lan Su in the middle of a busy day and while in it you could not tell you were in a former parking lot in the middle of downtown Portland. The tours we took were informative and fun, the TeaHouse was peaceful and the whole experience was great. My wife and I looked at our watches when we left and couldn't believe we had spent over 3 hours there. It was truly eye-opening and informative to say the least. How they did what they did in one city block is quite unique.

Visited July 2011
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“Elegant & Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

I just had 20 minutes to rush through this garden, but it was well worth my time. The $8 fee was too high for such a short visit, but we got lucky because there was an event that evening and we got in for half price. I would love to have time to stop and relax, meditate, have a cup of tea, a snack and shop a little at the beautiful gift shop. The garden is beautiful and peaceful. I loved it and highly recommend a visit.

Visited July 2011
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