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“A Must See”

Lan Su Chinese Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Opened in fall of 2000, this is the largest Suzhou style garden outside of China.
Reviewed October 3, 2008

I live near Portland and the Chinese Gardens is always on my list of places to see with my visitors. It is simply beautiful. While within the walls of the Gardens, look up and you will see the high rises of downtown Portland. My favorite stop is the tea house. There is a unique selection of teas - a little pricey - but truly a nice experience.

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Reviewed September 12, 2008

Given the small size and urban location, I had pretty modest expectations for Portland's Classical Chinese Garden--and was I ever wrong! It really is compact, but the design offers something in every nook and cranny to engage your imagination.

Don't worry if you can't time your visit to coincide with a formal tour. Knowledgeable, friendly docents stroll the grounds and they're more than happy to give you insights into the horticulture, architecture, or symbolism of the garden and buildings. Audio tours are also available.

Tip: Don't miss the carved wood panels of the Waterside pavilion. We thought the back was pretty ornate--until we made our way around to the front.

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Reviewed August 22, 2008

A beautiful garden in the midst of downtown Portland. It's hard to believe there is a city outside. It's only about the size of a city block but the whole place is so wonderfully designed it feels larger.

There are informational printouts available to tell you about the plants, the rocks, etc. But I preferred to go through it once just to enjoy, without trying to cram information into my head. Consider walking though once more with the printout to learn more about the individual elements that make up the garden.

My only complaint is the $8.50 entrance fee. It's prohibitive for some, especially as the garden seems like it much get even better with repeat visits. At least locals have the option of becoming a member and getting unlimited admissions.

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Reviewed August 19, 2008

Once you step foot inside Portland's Chinese Garden, you can hardly tell you're in the downtown core of a major city. The beautiful architecture, flowers, water, sky, birds, and fish all invite a serene, contemplative state of mind. Plan to stay for a while. Sit and observe. Let your mind wander. My husband and I spent an entire afternoon just marveling at the amazing escape the garden's designers had created. It's now one of our favorite places to go to when we visit friends in Portland.

Thank AandJT
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

This was my favorite botanic garden in the Portland area, and, considering how many gardens Portland boasts, that's saying something. The vegetation is amazing, and the structures in the garden are beautiful and provide countless opportunities for spectacular views. The garden is ADA-accessible, so if you are in a wheelchair (or if you're pushing a stroller), you'll have no problems here.

In addition, the teahouse located in the midst of the garden is a wonderful place to stop for fine tea and a delicious snack. The selection of teas (provided by the Tao of Tea), is mind-boggling, but the helpful staff will be happy to recommend something you'll enjoy.

Not to be missed!!

Thank bradshawgirl
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