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The largest Suzhou styled garden outside China, Lan Su Chinese Garden is also known as Portland Classical Chinese Garden, spreads over 40,000 square feet and is situated in the Chinatown area of the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, United States. The garden is also titled as the Garden of Awakening Orchids was inaugurated in the fall of the year 2000. Built by the Suzhou artisans, the gardens are an authentic Ming Dynasty-styled walled garden, enclosing a full city block of historic Chinese district. A walk through the garden takes you along beautiful pathways, covered walkways and bridges, open colonnades, pavilions and richly planted landscape framing the man-made Zither Lake, making it an urban oasis depicting beauty and harmony.
A Day in Life at the Garden of Awakening Orchids
In the month of November, you will get to witness a pleasingly artistic display of more than 750 potted chrysanthemums throughout the garden. Visitors will get to experience a variety of colors, shapes and sizes of more than 75 different types of chrysanthemum including spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, and exotics. What a pleasant sight it would be to experience the unusual bright pinks, limes and pale lavenders in the reds, browns, and yellows of autumn. To add on it, Lan Su, in partnership with Floral Design Institute, hosts Moon Floral Design Showcase where region's 25 best floral designers will display their magical creations with flowers.
The visitors can then relax in a teahouse located in the Tower of Cosmic Reflection, which is accessible to all the garden members or admissions. Enjoy traditional Chinese music by Nanfang Chinese Music Club while you order food or tea on an exclusive 10% discount for Lan Su members.
Upon your arrival, you can also inquire any of the staff members around you about an interpretive docent tour around the garden. Please note that these tours are subject change without any notice and solely depend upon the availability of docent.
While you enter Lan Su, you will find a garden shop in the Entry Courtyard that is accessible without tickets, however, some merchandise is located within the garden. Let our experienced and courteous staff help you choose the best present for your family, friends or even yourself. The garden shop has a range of selected items that are not only unique to the garden but at times for the shop itself. On your next visit, you should not miss the variety of finely crafted jewelry pieces and exquisite range cards depicting the beauty of the garden. With that, do not miss out on the amazing floral arrangements and artwork by local and international floral designers, exhibited in the garden. Most of the aforementioned are available for sale and can be delivered at your doorstep nationally, as Lan Su provides country-wide shipment.
Displaying classical Chinese to contemporary style floral artwork, Lan Su hosts several talented artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond every year. Each show offers uniqueness and new experience for the visitors.
How to Get Tickets?
Though you can buy tickets at the booth on the garden's entrance, it is recommended that you purchase your ticket online and bypass the queue at the ticket booth. Garden tickets are valid for any day, and can be used to access any event.
How To Get Around?
You can leisurely scramble across to reach various attractions at the Lan Su. The pathway is well-maintained, and there are well-laid-out, self-explanatory direction marks along the way to assist you in reaching all top attractions throughout the theme park.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear anything that makes you feel comfortable. Jeans, shorts, skirt, denim, cargo, sleeveless T-shirts for women and loose casual shirt for men are all great options. Consider using sunscreen to avoid the sun during scorching summers. A small backpack will help carry small stuff around easily.
Best Time to Visit
Lan Su Chinese Garden is open seven days a week, all year round and, therefore, you can visit anytime, provided you feel comfortable in prevailing weather conditions.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide to reach or explore the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Moving around is hassle-free and all the necessary information is available on this website.
How To Get There?
For overseas visitors, Portland International Airport is the closest touch point. Convenient accommodation is available at nearby hotels and they can get a roundtrip to the Lan Su Chinese Garden arranged for you at short notice. From within the US, domestic airports, trains and cars are good options.
Ample parking space is available around the Lan Su Chinese Garden for cards, RVs, and busses at attractive prices. Booking tickets online can save your time and energy.