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Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

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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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Don'tWaitForRetirement wrote a review Sep 2020
California3,979 contributions1,009 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Davigeta wrote a review Aug 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri760 contributions239 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!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Venus S, Director of Volunteers & Education at Lan Su Chinese Garden
Responded 31 Aug 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.
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GrandTour595227 wrote a review Aug 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
Our visit to LanSu Chinese Garden was a highlight of my visit to Portland. It succeeds in its mission of being a calm oasis in the midst of a busy urban area. A highlight was the enormous koi pond at the center of the garden. Many colorful koi swam about and showed us that their size is commensurate with the size of the pond. The many plants and artworks were beautifully curated. The gift shop is filled with lots of tempting things in a wide price range. At the conclusion of our stroll, we looked forward to getting a light lunch and sitting in front of the tea house to take in the view of the pond. But, to our disappointment, the few tables were all occupied. We were able to park close by. The garden entrance was easy to access.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Venus S, Director of Volunteers & Education at Lan Su Chinese Garden
Responded 12 Aug 2020
Thank you for visiting the garden and giving us the positive feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the visit to Lan Su. Hope to see you again in the future!
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