Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures—a powerfully inspiring experience that takes you through time, offering a window into Chinese culture, history and way of thinking.

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is an authentically built Ming Dynasty scholar’s garden with winding walkways, bridged lake and open pavilions framed by an exquisite landscape of stone, water, poetry, architecture and plants native to China.

This tranquil oasis is filled with over 250 species of indigenous Chinese plants, orchids and lotuses, a waterfall and a koi-filled lake. It’s a place to savor a cup of oolong and a fluffy steamed bun in the teahouse, and enjoy the 800-plus ongoing and one-time art, music and cultural programs for the whole family, held almost every day of the week. 

Ever changing, Lan Su always has something new to offer – by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Enjoy tranquility and harmony while sipping tea at the Tao of Tea inside this all seasons garden.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 2567 reviews


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    March 3, 2024
    Elizabeth K

    Don’t go until Portland cleans up their problem

    What you REALLY need to know before you go: this is located in the heart of Portlands homeless and drug crisis. Across the street is Blanchet House of Hospitality. The garden sits on one square block. Two sides of the block are homeless camps, sketchy people clearly on drugs. I watched a man urinate on the sidewalk and another talking to the air. The garden has one entrance/exit that has armed police men in bulletproof vests. I don’t know if police are always there since I was supposed to go for the lantern festival. As a single mom with a young child with me we didn’t feel safe going. There is no parking lot or parking area near by. You will have to park several blocks away and walk by all the homeless and drugged out people. The surrounding area is equally as sketchy and I wouldn’t even feel comfortable leaving my car to be broken into or vandalized. What a shame. I’m sure the garden is lovely but who wants to risk their safe and well-being to go?

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    February 22, 2024

    So pretty.

    What a nice serene place smack dab in the middle of Downtown. It's street parking and thankfully it wasn't terribly difficult to find a spot. The front gate is locked and you will be buzzed in. You pay your fee at the ticket booth. You explore the grounds and enjoy the greenery and ambiance of it all. Unfortunately, when I visited there was scaffolding so it was a little bit of an eyesore. The brighter side, it just means I have to come back again to fully enjoy the beauty of the place. There is a small body of water in the middle and beautifully decorated architecture around.

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    February 13, 2024

    Wonderful oasis in city

    This was a return visit, so I knew I woud like ti, but since lunar new year was coming they had special exhibits. dragons and many lanterns. The rocks that make up he special gardens and water features are great. The houses are wonderfully done. It is all amazing for a mid-size city that had an earlier history of discrimination and somehow still has a substantial Asian population. It has something ot do with their sister city Suzhou, in China.

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    February 7, 2024
    Sarah K

    My favorite garden in Portland!

    I actually paid to be a member of the garden. It is SO affordable. And since I live and work in Portland, it was a great decision. I go sit in the garden on my lunch breaks, and I love bringing friends and family to visit. It is an absolute oasis in the city. Constantly blooming flowers, and art displays, there are also events and a great little gift shop. The pond, full of koi fish, is my favorite part.

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    January 14, 2024

    Peaceful & Tranquil

    Not sure that would have explored this on my own, but was glad to have been sent here as part of a surprise trip. The neighborhood was sketchy for a single female to walk around in, but the garden itself was so tranquil and peaceful. I enjoyed tea in the afternoon and it was a perfect start to my trip.

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