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“Great for the whole family”

Lan Su Chinese Garden
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Best of Portland City Afternoon Tour
Ranked #4 of 445 things to do in Portland
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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.
Portland, Oregon
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“Great for the whole family”
Reviewed March 26, 2009

My mother-in-law and her sons came to visit, and we took them here. She was about to have surgery to remove cancer, so it was a great option because (1) it's not too large, (2) it's close to all public transit options and (3) very tranquil. It was very informative, there were so many places to take beautiful family photos, and the garden even has its own tea shop, where you can enjoy some finger food and fantastic, educational, traditional tea service.
I HIGHLY recomend a visit here. Check out their website before coming because there are often special occasions built around Chinese holidays where they have storytellers, origami, etc.
Considering I was trying to find a destination that would entertain a 17 year old, 21 year old, and someone over 50, I was pretty impressed with my success!

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“A Hidden Treasure in the City”
Reviewed March 13, 2009

Lovely, serene and a welcome respite from the city outside it's walls, this garden and it's teahouse were the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon in Portland.

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“Immerse in Chinese Culture”
Reviewed February 13, 2009

Very authentic garden. $8.50 adult admission, 50 cents off for AAA members. Call to find out the times for free tours. The tour guides offer a lot of cultural background of the place which are invaluable. Allow at least 1.5 hrs.

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“A Must See”
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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“Don't let the compact size fool you”
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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