FAQ

When did Lan Su open?

Lan Su Chinese Garden opened September 14, 2000.

Where is the garden located?

The Garden is located between NW 2nd and 3rd and NW Flanders and Glisan in Old Town/Chinatown. The garden can be reached from I-405 by taking the Everett Street Exit and turning east. The Garden is also available by MAX, which is Portland’s light rail system, or by buses 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 33, 40, and 77. Visit TriMet’s Trip Planner, which can provide door to door directions using public transit. 

Lan Su's street address is:
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR  97209

How much is admission?

Your admission gains access to the Garden, Teahouse, and when offered, public tours and exhibits. Some special events are not included with admission or may require the purchase of a tea service. For more information, please see the events page. With a membership, admission is free for one year.

  • Members  --  Free
  • Adults  --  $10 
  • Seniors (age 62 & over)  --  $9
  • Students (age 6-18 & college students with I.D.)  --  $7
  • Children five and under  --  Free

Individual adult admission tickets and discounted admission bundles are available for purchase in advance at 503.228.8131.

What are your hours?

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is open to visitors seven days a week year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Summer hours

March 15 - October 31

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Winter hours

November 1 - March 14

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What does a membership provide?

All memberships are good for one-year free admission to the garden, a 10% discount in the gift store and teahouse, and quarterly newsletter. Additional membership information is available on our membership page.

How big is the garden?

The garden is one city block or approximately 40,000 square feet.

How big is the lake?

The lake, named Lake Zither, is about 8,000 square feet.

What are those free-standing rocks?

The rocks, called Tai Hu rocks are limestone mined from Lake Tai, a fresh-water lake near Suzhou. They are prized for their four virtues which are: the holes that allow life force to flow freely, the rough texture, their slenderness, and being top-heavy. More than 500 tons of rock was shipped from China for the Garden.

What types of wood are used in the Garden?

There are three types of wood used in the Garden. San-Mu (Northeast China Fir) is used for most of the beams and columns. Dong-Bei-Song (Northeast China Pine) is used for the largest columns. Yingxing (Gingko) wood is used for the pale yellow decorative carving in the Pavilions. Nanmu (similar to walnut) is used for the carvings in the doors and windows.

What are leak windows?

The windows, around the garden and inside the walls, are called “leak” windows since they allow the visitor to see the view “leaking” through. There are 51 windows, each unique, in and around the Garden.

Is there a Gift Store?

The Garden Shop is just outside the entrance.

Garden Shop Summer Hours

March 15 - October 31

10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Garden Shop Winter Hours

November 1 - March 14

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What is the Teahouse?

The Garden’s Teahouse, run by the Tao of Tea, located with the Garden allows visitors to sip authentic Chinese tea and view the Garden. The Teahouse also offers small snacks. It is located in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections.

Where can I park?

The garden is surrounded by on-street parking meters, both short term and long term. A number of parking garages within a few blocks including a Smartpark on the corner of NW Davis and Naito Parkway.

Is the garden available for rent?

The garden is available for both before and after hours events, including weddings. For more information, please see the Rental page for more details.

Are tours available?

Lan Su tries to offer tours on a daily basis at noon and 1 pm. You may visit the garden without a tour, and tours are free. To schedule a private tour of 15 or more, please call the Lan Su's tour coordinator at 503.228.8131 ext. 1001. Please see the Tours page for more details.

Is the garden wheelchair accessible?

Lan Su has a wheelchair accessible route that travels throughout the garden. Almost every area of the garden can be accessed by those using mobility devices, and benches are available throughout the garden.

Restroom are also fully accessible, and an elevator in the Teahouse allows patrons with limited mobility to access first and second floor seating.

Who owns the garden?

The City of Portland owns the garden, and contracts with Lan Su Chinese Garden, a non-profit organization, to operate and  maintain the garden.

Can I bring my pet?

Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted in the garden.

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Plan Your Visit

Lan Su Chinese Garden offers infinite paths to discovery, whether you are a visitor simply taking in the beauty of the garden for the first time or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse.  One visit just isn’t enough to take in the depth and abundance of experiences. Lan Su is ever-changing—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Learn more and plan your visit today.

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Is the Garden Wheelchair Accessible?

Lan Su has a wheelchair accessible route that travels throughout the garden. Almost every area of the garden can be accessed by those using mobility devices, and benches are available throughout the garden. The garden does not provide wheelchairs, but you are welcome to bring your own. Restrooms are also fully accessible, and an elevator in the Teahouse allows patrons with limited mobility to access both first and second floor seating areas.  

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