Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Garden, Tea Room, and Park
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    WhyGo Travel
    "Check out The Tao of Tea [tea house] while you're here."(9 Tips)
    meredith k.
    "Grab some tea (oolong is best) and enjoy the view."(3 Tips)
    Waylon S.
    "My tip is to skip the food in the Tao of Tea"(2 Tips)
    Pach R.
    "Great for a peaceful walk, a great photo-shooting session."(10 Tips)
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  • tea
  • oolong
  • quiet
  • architecture
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  • Beth B.heart icon on user image
    Beth BondJuly 13, 2018
    We were told to visit the Chinese Gardens over the Japanese. They were exquisite! We can't imagine anything better. Beautiful vignettes with lots of great info on Chinese culture. Totally worth it!
  • Sara J.
    Sara JoyJune 29, 2017
    About the size of a city block and really beautiful. They have a great little tea house that is nice to sit down for an afternoon snack and enjoy the garden.
  • Jasmine R.
    Jasmine RaShaeDecember 27, 2014
    Serene. Love it! Make sure to go shake the container/pull the stick to get your fortune out of the drawer. - you can take the guided tour or wander.. I enjoyed doing a mix of both
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Small, but if you’re here during peony season, you’ll never forget it. Try a pot of tea in the teahouse while you admire their ability to make such a small, urban space feel secluded and calm. Read more
  • Colleen L.heart icon on user image
    Colleen LemkuilJuly 12, 2018
    This place everyone should go see!! We ate at the restaurant and it was great. We went on the tour. We saw great flowers and plants. It was clean and the restrooms were great.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CarterDecember 10, 2012
    Knowledgeable tour guide! Lots of info to hear, as well as beautiful architecture, trees and flowers to see. I could stay for hours! Stop in and get a bite to eat or some tea too!
  • Meah B.
    Meah BFebruary 11, 2015
    Beautiful garden with a lovely history. Be sure to join the tour group when visiting to really understand all that the garden has to offer.
  • meredith k.heart icon on user image
    meredith kerekesOctober 6, 2014
    Best place to spend a contemplative afternoon. Grab some tea (oolong is best) and enjoy the view.
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloJuly 15, 2014
    Apparently more buildings than the Japanese garden. Check out the tea house and get free admission from the PDX library!
  • Jane v.
    Jane van SchaardenburgAugust 16, 2013
    Excellent information about Chinese gardens, & living. Beautiful, tranquil - even after living in the Far East, I've learned a lot here today.
  • Dustin
    DustinAugust 22, 2016
    Walk around the small but beautiful grounds, have tea in the tea shop on site. Maybe the 3-tea wild growing tasting menu.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CanibanoJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a membership because the tranquility is intoxicating a decent tea house but when you ask for a tea cold you shouldn't receive a mass market bottled tea
    GNTLMNFebruary 19, 2014
    In 1999, 65 people brought rocks and wood from Portland's sister city Suzhou, here to build this 40,000 sq ft., peaceful Suzhou-style garden in Portland's Chinatown.
  • Joseph H.heart icon on user image
    Joseph HeckelMarch 24, 2016
    Beautiful tranquil garden. Definitely worth a trip.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 14, 2011
    Did you know? China’s 31,000 native plants, some of which can be found nowhere else on Earth, represent nearly 1/8th of the world’s total plant species.
  • Trisha D.
    Trisha D.August 8, 2014
    The gift shop has some nice, inexpensive items. I got a beautiful reusable tote bag.
  • Joel D.
    Joel D'AlessandroJuly 19, 2012
    bring your zen, chi and tranquility! wonderfully serene place right in the middle of downtown Portland
  • Truly F.heart icon on user image
    Truly FarealJuly 29, 2018
    A welcomed peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city.
  • Victoriaheart icon on user image
    VictoriaJuly 8, 2019
    Don't miss the tea shop and tranquil views.
  • James A.heart icon on user image
    James AndrewJuly 12, 2016
    Worth checking out, and definitely stop and get some tea and delicious snacks!
  • Devon M.
    Devon MaloneAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Become a member. It's worth it. Pine of the best $55 I've ever spent.
  • Craig M.
    Craig McKenneySeptember 27, 2011
    Beautiful! A must-see if you're in Portland. The staff was also very nice/ friendly.
  • Robert E.heart icon on user image
    Robert EllestadJanuary 11, 2015
    9 days free (food drive). Bring cans of food!
  • Pach R.heart icon on user image
    Pach ReedJanuary 1, 2015
    Great for a peaceful walk, a great photo-shooting session.
  • Izaletteheart icon on user image
    IzaletteApril 30, 2018
    Gorgeous. Definitely must see
    HISTORYApril 22, 2010
    The garden opened in 2000. Most of the plants featured in the garden are indigenous to China, but no plants were brought from China due to import bans. Some plants in the garden are 100 years old.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WalekeMarch 25, 2017
    It is very peaceful, a little pricey.
  • Jack F.
    Jack FanDecember 18, 2010
    If you've got 90 minutes to spare (and won't rush thru the tea experience) then opt for the tea flights. Otherwise start with a single serving (gaiwan) before attempting the tea ceremony.
  • CK K.
    CK KhoDecember 28, 2013
    Nice little garden go early to avoid crowd
  • Lorena N.
    Lorena NascimentoSeptember 4, 2014
    Beautiful even on rainy days. Cute ducks on lake.
  • Cheryl S.
    Cheryl SApril 14, 2019
    Have tea in the tea room! Very quiet and teaxing
  • Rio D.heart icon on user image
    Rio DBMarch 17, 2016
    Tea and Almond cookies
  • Allan C.
    Allan ChoMay 26, 2015
    Beautiful tea house!
  • Waylon S.
    Waylon SpodenApril 3, 2010
    This is a great place to find quiet within the PDX downtown. My tip is to skip the food in the Tao of Tea - it is great but small portions and slow as molasses.
  • Enrique G.heart icon on user image
    It's beautiful and intriguing...
  • L C.
    L CookAugust 7, 2014
    It would be very peaceful if it weren't so crowded. $10 admission.
  • Kushal S.heart icon on user image
    Kushal SukthankarJanuary 30, 2017
    Chinese new year
  • Stefanie B.heart icon on user image
    Stefanie BrücklerSeptember 9, 2015
    Truly magical place ✨ can't recommend enough!
  • John J.
    John JohnstonJanuary 30, 2014
    Great for students
  • R T.heart icon on user image
    R TDecember 20, 2015
    Fabulous grounds with delightful tearoom.
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 8, 2014
    Cool garden in the middle of the city
  • Janet J.
    Janet JohnsonDecember 6, 2009
    Tea at the tea house in the Chinese Garden is a great place to have either a quiet meeting or just feel swept away for a moment.
  • Mark
    MarkMay 2, 2013
    The Pearl saki is delicious!!!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 8, 2014
    Bring a student ID to save $2 on admission.
  • Jack F.
    Jack FanDecember 18, 2010
    Join the mahjong society at the scholar's hall for the occasional pick up game. Good for beginners.
  • EllyG
    EllyGOctober 6, 2013
    Cell must be on silent, but ok to use for photos.
  • Duncan H.heart icon on user image
    Duncan HowsleyMay 2, 2019
    Peaceful and beautiful
  • WhyGo Travel
    WhyGo TravelDecember 8, 2011
    Check out The Tao of Tea [tea house] while you're here. Read more
  • Quonji
    QuonjiFebruary 21, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep coming
  • Donna W.
    Donna WellsJanuary 27, 2012
    A wonderful experience in all seasons
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