We recently visited the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Located in the historic Old Town Chinatown District, we consider this a place not to miss seeing if you are ever in Portland.

The garden was built by Chinese artisans from Portland’s sister city, Suzhou. It is reported to be one of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. Certainly it was a sight to behold! Stepping inside the walls of the garden very much feels as if you are stepping into another world (one that is much quieter and peaceful than downtown Portland). We could continue to attempt to describe it to you but would fail miserably. Instead, we’ll let the pictures we took on our visit do the talking for us.

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General admission is rather reasonable. There are student and senior rates available.

We walked from our hotel to the garden which was located about 6 city blocks away. The streets were rather quiet at the time we visited (on a Saturday morning) and while we didn’t necessarily feel unsafe walking the streets, we did run into a few unsavory characters who were hollering at passers by. That was a little disconcerting but did not make us feel in any way like we needed to turn around. We just kept a quick pace and moved along towards our goal. Also, we should note that we did not have our children with us and so the yelling and hollering didn’t bother us nearly so much as it might have otherwise. We would suggest just being aware of your surroundings if you choose to walk there. Once you get there, we think you’ll be glad to have made the journey. We certainly were.

For more information about the Lan Sue Garden, please visit their website.