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“Feels like you've stepped back in time. . .”

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.
Rockville, MD
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Feels like you've stepped back in time. . .”
Reviewed 6 April 2012

Feels like the China of 100 years ago probably felt. Very relaxing and serene.

Visited March 2012
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seattle
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gorgeous rain or shine”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Visiting Lan Su is a beautiful experience even in the chilly rain we had! The garden provides a really enchanting experience as you wander along -- around every corner is a new view. Amazing in such a small urban location! Take your camera. We were there in April and the camellias were starting to bloom and the spring colors on the trees was charming. There is a tea house for a mid visit warm up and little amusements in each room along the path.

Visited April 2012
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Portland, OR
Level 5 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing solace in the city”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

Visit Lan Su, just do it...you will be glad you did. Serene gardens, informative staff and activities, authentic tea house, and more.

Visited February 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Beautiful place- so peaceful”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

This place is wonderful. Very authentic and gives you a sense of tranquility as you walk around the gardens, unless you pick a holiday when it's crowded and everyone is on top of everyone. Artisans from Suzhou built the wooden buildings and cast the decorative windows that were shipped to Portland from China along with 500 tons of rock. More than 65 Chinese workers (and two Chinese cooks!) arrived in the fall of 1999 to construct the garden’s buildings and pathways.
As soon as you arrive put your name on the waiting list at the tea house (it's always full). The tea house is tiny but they serve the tea with the traditional tea ceremony and everything. They also have some small dishes and snacks available, but the tea is the main attraction here. If you wait until the end to put your name on the list, be prepared to wait 45 to 60 minutes in line.

Visited April 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“It's a whole city block”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

One of the last remaining asthetics of PDX Chinatown. The Gardens are a great example of China's archietecture, art, and zen. You can get tea and relax, read some history and view artifacts, or just walk around and enjoy the plantlife.

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