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Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Neighbourhood: Old Town - Chinatown
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Address: 239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number:
+1 503-228-8131
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Opened in fall of 2000, this is the largest Suzhou style garden outside of...

Opened in fall of 2000, this is the largest Suzhou style garden outside of China.

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May 18 If I was not eligible for the senior discount, admission is relatively expensive and off-putting. Yet once inside, the value is clearly there. Fortunately, it was... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

May 18 If I was not eligible for the senior discount, admission is relatively expensive and off-putting. Yet once inside, the value is clearly there. Fortunately, it was uncrowded enabling us to enjoy the landscapes and to negotiate the narrow paths. I fully appreciated the esthetics as well as the practicality of the living spaces. Moreover, in the context of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 June 2016

From the reviews, I thought this would be a beautiful garden but it was far from it. And, they charged a pretty penny to get in. There were no fish, very few flowers, and the place was musty smelling. Spend your dollars elsewhere in my opinion.

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Chinese_Garden, Marketing Coordinator at Lan Su Chinese Garden, responded to this review

Hi Deb, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We apologize that your visit was not ideal. Your admission helps support the garden and we thank you for that. We are happy to say that the koi and goldfish are back! They had been temporarily moved while the lake was renovated and were reintroduced once the water... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016

This oasis was recently constructed by master craftsmen from China and it very authentic. It has a variety of authentic plants, hard landscape and water features

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 May 2016

This is a gem of a attraction. Ran by members and volunteers that are very knowledgeable. Too early in the season for the fish in the ponds but otherwise happy we paid it a visit.

Thank Michael M
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I love the design and layout of the Chinese Garden. I enjoy visiting the tea house and love that they have activities for children so that even my child can have fun here, but it is a bit expensive. I pay the admission willingly, knowing what it is going to maintain, but for larger groups it can be prohibitive so... More 

Thank jellybelle21
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 May 2016

As we made our way to Lan Su Chinese Garden, it started to lightly rain. The garden came alive as the water poured down. It was a beautiful experience. Afterwards, we sat and enjoyed fresh Jasmine tea in the quaint tea house, taking in a picturesque view of the garden.

Thank Bryan M
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Looking for activities near portland union station and this fit the bill. Short walk, but stay off of 6th for safety. The garden itself is small. We went early, and it was still busy, but it was the weekend. The is a tea shop inside the gardens which seemed popular. They have a guided tour each hour. Overall nice visit.... More 

1 Thank Greg O
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Most city noise is miraculously blocked out, turning this classical Chinese garden into a tranquil oasis that makes you forget you're in the middle of downtown. After a self-guided tour, I also took time to enjoy some dragonwell tea and mang gong cookies in the tea room at a very reasonable price. The only disappointment was that the pond had... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

This was my favorite part of our visit to Portland this spring. Peaceful and serene in the heart of the city, water and sculpture and architecture, plants to see at any season, and a great tour guide who clearly loves the place. Also take a moment and have a cup of the Tao of Tea in the tea house.

1 Thank SnowGooseCalifornia
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

A must see if you're heading for Portland. Parking can be found on the side streets. You can view the garden in an hour. We were told all flowers and such were imported from China and it was the Chinese themselves who actually built the structures in the gardens. Very interesting.

Thank Debbie154

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