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“A Treasure In Downtown Portland”

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 25 November 2013

Once inside, you forget the hustle & bustle of the outside world. You are in the world of the aristocratic Chinese of a by gone era.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

I've visited the Gardens a dozen different times with family and out of town guests. I even attended a function here one evening. One day my daughter did a 4th grade class project on the Gardens which had me looking at it from her perspective. It really is unbelievable how much detail and perfection is crammed into one city block. Whatever the weather a visit to Lan Su is a great way to spend some time.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Most people who visit Portland, and also who live here, have heard of the city's beautiful Japanese gardens, and rightly so, they are stunning. Many who visit here don't know of the Chinese Garden, and this is a shame, for it is a unique and beautiful gem. Where as the Japanese gardens are near the zoo, and require a car or nifty train ride to get to the site, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is in downtown Portland's NW side, and can be easily walked to from your hotel. Built by Chinese artisans with materials from China, including 500 tons of stone, it was completed in 2000, and is considered to be the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. This garden is not only a beautiful place to stroll, an oasis hidden behind a high white stone wall with subtle interesting features; it is also an experience in itself. It seems to breath the very culture, serenity, centeredness, and quiet artistic mastery of the Chinese. Though the area is only a full city block, the winding paths, ponds, horticulture and beautiful rooms that open to the garden, all make the space seem about 3 times bigger than it is, and yet still very private and intimate. Yes it has beautiful interesting plants and flowers, ponds, large koi, stone work, gazebo, well composed examples of Chinese rooms and furnishings, paintings, and places to sit and ponder, it has even more, heart and soul and a simple clear sense of honesty and nature. Take a dip in this reality, and you will feel refreshed.
There is also the Tao of Tea restaurant there on the site, located in one of the gardens traditional buildings, the two story Tower of Cosmic Reflection, you can enter from the garden. Inside, the same Chinese artistry is evident. Enjoy exquisite teas, prepared in traditional manner, and well prepared delicious small plates. The menu explains the qualities, ways of preparation, brief history, and area of cultivation of their tea.
Visitors and locals alike should come and partake in the serene block of peace, nature and beauty at their doorstep. Go!
Tip: Upon entering, you are given a small, well organized pamphlet that explains many features of the garden, it is brief, educational and interesting.

Thank AnnieOakLee
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

In the center of town, surrounded by tall buildings is an island of peace and enchantment. Every window and patio is a new sight and it changes all the time. The summer twilight concerts are a must see, surrounded by beauty listening to glorious music!

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Such a beautiful garden right in the middle of the city. Lovely for a walk with a friend, a peaceful time alone or an engaging trip with children. And the Tea House serves delicious snacks with a perfect view of the gardens.

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