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“Great place to "de-compress"” 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.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Great place to "de-compress"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Very peaceful and serine, a place that any city-slicker like myself would enjoy...if you're into tea, they have classes on tea-service from central-to-eastern Asia practices. Only $10.

Visited October 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“An Oasis of Calm in the City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We've dropped by Portland's Lan Su classical Chinese garden for a quick visits on a number of occasions, and we've always ended up staying longer than expected . It is an amazing place of calm and serenity amidst Portland's bustling Old Town neighborhood. Frankly, the only way you can tell you are in the city is seeing the skyscrapers when you eventually look skyward - which you won't very much.

The amazing architecture, gardens, water features, rock work and paths are all fascinating works of art that are spellbinding. You can spend hours just wandering through the garden, taking a tour or simply enjoying the surroundings. The tea house is a fantastic place for a visit to enjoy an amazing variety of teas and Chinese snacks. We've also found it an enchanting place for children to visit, with our 8 & 10-year-old boys enjoying every path, nook, hidden garden and, of course, playing hide & seek with each other and the Koi.

The Garden also hosts a number of special events throughout the year - Mumvember (that's an enormous fall display of chrysanthemums), a fantastic Chinese New Year celebration, summer evening concerts, art exhibits and much more. Ample covered walks and pavilions also make it enjoyable in any weather, including Portland's rainy weather.

Visited November 2013
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Costa Mesa, California
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“Beatiful place in the heart of the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

My wife and I really enjoyed the garden. The plants and scenery are amazing. There's a beautiful Koi pond in the center and a authentic tea house that will make you feel like you're in China. They have a great selection of teas and snacks. The teahouse is a must to really enjoy your visit. 2 hours for everything

Visited November 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Often Overlooked - worth a look!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is in the city, and seems like most of the locals that we talked to had never visited it. This was an amazing contrast to the popular Japanese Zen Gardens. It is patterned after a Chinese Scholars house/garden (about a city block). Took 80+ Chinese artisans from Lan su about 18 months to build. Report to be the most authentic in the US. It's more Tao/Daoism. Mountain stones, architectured walk ways and bridges. If there's a tour close to your visit time I highly recommend it. Save time for a trip to the Teahouse, go up to the second floor and enjoy the view. Often there is entertainment, music or artist or both.

Visited November 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Do Not Miss This!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Wonderful retreat in the middle of Old Town Portland. Just beautiful and serene. Take a free tour - you will learn so much. Kids love to watch the koi and the greenery is spectacular.

Visited October 2013
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