Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su Chinese Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Lan Su Chinese Garden is much more than just a beautiful garden. It’s a creative wonder — an authentically built, powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Address
Neighbourhood: Old Town - Chinatown
How to get there
  • Union Station • 6 min walk
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  • Lfhhi
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just GO! Relax and Enjoy
    Wow, just wow. It’s breathtakingly beautiful! It’s smaller than the Japanese Garden in Portland, but packed with so much more! Flowers and water lilies were in bloom in July. There was beauty at every turn and I was guilty of taking sooo many photos. Entrance fee was just $1-2 dollars below those for the Japanese Gardens. Check the website and try to do a FREE docent tour as it will enrich your enjoyment of the gardens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Madelyn C
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning peaceful oasis in the midst of the city
    This garden is set up as a home and is meticulously laid out and cared for. The koi pond is in the center and there’s much to see all around, including art exhibits in some of the buildings, and also apparently performances, although none while I visited. Dragonflies abound, and the water lilies and lotuses were especially beautiful (and in bloom when I visited). There is a lovely tea room that’s worth a visit as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Congge
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some contexts
    A fantastic experience. Some colors can be added here: Portland became sister cities with both a Japanese city and a Chinese city(Suzhou). So you can see Japanese garden and Chinese Garden here. The mayor of Suzhou(Deming Chen)decided that so it only took 10-14 months for this project(depends on measurement). It is inevitably related to politics but it really helps spread Chinese authentic culture (Scholar/elite lifestyle, spirits, architecture, tea) vs some fakers(Shenyun is everyone but there is no real historical stories backing it…) I actually wish there could be sister cities so people know each others cultures better. Stereotypes really create biased impressions and make things look ridiculous.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • SMF-Collegeville
    Batesville, Indiana205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Garden and Peek at Chinese Life
    We spent a vacation in Portland and were surprised to find that this was our 8 year old's favorite spot. When asked, he said because it was "so relaxing." It's set up like a wealthy Chinese official's home, breaking nature into the home complex of buildings. There is a tea room - be sure to try this. We were surprised how much the horse beans tasted like chestnuts, and we all enjoyed trying different kinds of tea.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Paige R
    Nashville, Tennessee382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 January 2024
  • Miss Sarah
    Portland, Oregon8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Tim K
    110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 February 2024
  • kisssmee
    Los Angeles, California828 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Not to mislead travelers this rating is a mixture of our overall experience around and within the gardens. The gardens I rate 4, the surroundings 1.
The gardens are really beautiful and authentic, I've been all over China so I can tell. Once inside it was really a pleasure to spend some relaxing time within it in tranquility.
However, the surroundings are catastrophic, I was even arguing with my wife and daughter who didn't want to walk the area.
It's the Homeless habitat with sidewalk tents, individuals lying, zombie like creatures walking around, yelling, drug using, etc....
Later during the day, we saw it all around downtown and refrained from walking the streets again.
I am really shocked with City officials allowing that and I'm positive this business as well many others all over Portland are suffering because of that.
Written 31 May 2024
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Elizabeth K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
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?
Written 3 March 2024
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kisssmee
Los Angeles, CA828 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 22 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tim K
110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
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.
Written 13 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Miss Sarah
Portland, OR8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
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.
Written 7 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paige R
Nashville, TN382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 14 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Angie
Grand Cayman52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I definitely recommend this place! It was so beautiful and so relaxing to walk around. It was a quick activity but nonetheless, would recommend.
Written 3 November 2023
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SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
We spent a vacation in Portland and were surprised to find that this was our 8 year old's favorite spot. When asked, he said because it was "so relaxing."
It's set up like a wealthy Chinese official's home, breaking nature into the home complex of buildings.
There is a tea room - be sure to try this. We were surprised how much the horse beans tasted like chestnuts, and we all enjoyed trying different kinds of tea.
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Congge
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A fantastic experience. Some colors can be added here:

Portland became sister cities with both a Japanese city and a Chinese city(Suzhou). So you can see Japanese garden and Chinese Garden here.

The mayor of Suzhou(Deming Chen)decided that so it only took 10-14 months for this project(depends on measurement). It is inevitably related to politics but it really helps spread Chinese authentic culture (Scholar/elite lifestyle, spirits, architecture, tea) vs some fakers(Shenyun is everyone but there is no real historical stories backing it…)

I actually wish there could be sister cities so people know each others cultures better. Stereotypes really create biased impressions and make things look ridiculous.
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

OnAir33820366516
Central Point, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a treasure Lan Su Chinese Garden is. We had a wonderful tour with Charlie. He was illuminating in so many ways. So serene and peaceful.
Written 17 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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