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c3lil30 wrote a review Feb 2021
Portland, Oregon60 contributions9 helpful votes
I visited the Gardens today for Lunar New Year. They can’t do the Lion Dances or special crowd type events, but the garden was beautiful. They have very Covid safe protocols, timed entry, limited admissions. The gardens were beautiful and tranquil Worth the visit. Enjoy!
Date of experience: February 2021
hrpostal wrote a review Oct 2020
Rowena14 contributions3 helpful votes
I enjoyed all the different stone path patterns. The Gardens are well maintained. Staff are friendly. No problem with social distancing.
Date of experience: October 2020
UpNOut wrote a review Oct 2020
TX180 contributions66 helpful votes
Lan Su is in what was originally Portland's Chinatown, although there is really no remnant of that anymore. It's surrounded by tent city, and uncomfortable. A tent dweller asked us not to park next to his tent on the street! There is metered street parking, and on Sunday, from 2-6, parking is free. During the week, being a business part of town, I can see parking being an issue. Probably have to pay park in a garage. The admission is a bit steep -- apx. $14/person. That is for a self-guided walk. Also, there is timed entries, but on this Sunday, we just walked up and got in. No guided tour was offered. Also, I was very interested in the plantings, but labeling was very spotty, and there was no sheet identifying plants available. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms very simple. There is a lovely "tea room" offering tea, light snacks. I wish I had known about that before we went! There is a nice gift shop, which at one time apparently sold moon cakes. Now, moon cakes are only available in the tea room. Was it the highlight of a Portland visit? No. Was it pleasant? Yes.…
Date of experience: October 2020
Don'tWaitForRetirement wrote a review Sep 2020
California3,980 contributions1,011 helpful votes
The Lan Su Chinese Garden was the first thing we saw after landing in Portland (Aug 2019). We first stumbled upon a free tai chi class taking place, which was a really special memory. We then took the 45 min guided tour with the docent, which really explains everything and brings it all alive -- I highly recommend it. You will see a moon gate, a pond with water lilies, a ziz-zag bridge, tea house and more. After touring the gardens, we went in the tea house for tea and a moon cake, looking over the gardens. If you found this review useful, please click the thank button.…
Date of experience: October 2019
Davigeta wrote a review Aug 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri760 contributions241 helpful votes
This is really a wonderful place to visit. Though it is surrounded by a "tent city" (which obviously is a huge disappointment), once you are inside, it is a tranquil, peaceful place with much to explore. Beautiful structures, a lake, waterfalls, koi fish, and some exhibits as well. Definitely worth a visit!!…
Date of experience: August 2020
Response from Venus S, Director of Volunteers & Education at Lan Su Chinese Garden
Responded Aug 31, 2020
Hi Davigeta, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are proud of the garden and its magic of transforming visitors from present day Portland to Ming dynasty southern China. Thank you and hope to see you again.