Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Chinese New Year

Monday, February 8, 2016 through Monday, February 22, 2016

The Year of the Monkey begins February 8, 2016! People born in the Year of the Monkey are generally quick-witted, lively and out-spoken. 

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration.  The celebration kicks off on Monday, February 8 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. "Rolling in the Wealth" is followed by a lion dance performance , and much more! Every guest visiting on February 8 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. 

The celebration ends with four nights of Lantern Viewing and dragon processions (February 19-22). A separate admission ticket is required for this event.

Weekends during Chinese New Year feature:  

Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su's 2016 events and activities, including Cuisines of China, Lan Su in Bloom, Chinese Fun and Games, and more

Please note: For the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, entry may be limited at peak times of visitation to meet fire code regulations. Expect lines at times on opening day and weekend days. Plan for the most auspicious visit by purchasing admission tickets ahead of time and arriving early for your favorite activities! "Rolling in the Wealth" orange and coin rolling is limited to the first 100 visitors.

 The Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Monkey 猴年

You are a Monkey if you were born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, or 2016

In accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, 2016 and ends January 27, 2017.

The Monkey is the ninth sign in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac calendar. Traditionally, the number “9” is a favorite as it has the same pronunciation with the Chinese character 久 – jiu, which means everlasting. Nine also stands for completeness and eternity. The number was highly favored by the imperial families. Emperors used to wear nine-dragon imperial robes to show their hope for longevity and an eternal reign for their empire.

The Monkey’s Strengths

Monkeys are thought to be curious, creative, smart, optimistic, and adventurous. They are never afraid of being the center of attention. Monkeys are known for being lively, outspoken, and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them a long-lasting love life.

The Coming New Year

The 2016 Year of the Monkey falls under the element of fire. According to the Chinese horoscope, the New Year brings to those born under the sign of the monkey many positive and interesting challenges, but as long as they try their best to balance all the aspects in life, it is going be a good year! 

Chinese New Year presented by 


Travel Portland

VT Group

This project is supported in part by grants from  

Oregon Cultural Trust

The Collins Foundation

US Bank Foundation

Jackson Foundation

The Autzen Foundation

Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust

Walter Clay Hill & Family Foundation

The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

Chinese New Year Related Programing

Make Your Own "Happy New Year" Greeting Card

Monday, February 8, 2016

Share the fun of Chinese New Year by making your own “Happy New Year” card.

The Chinese Wishing Tree

Monday, February 8, 2016

Make a wish for Chinese New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey!

Story Time

Monday, February 8, 2016

Listen to classic Chinese stories about the zodiac calendar and the Year of the Monkey.

Flower Arranging Demonstation

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Join local floral designers as they share tips for successful floral arrangements.

School Performance

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Local students show off their hard work with special performances in celebration of the New Year!

Lion Dance

Saturday, February 13, 2016

See lion dancers up close as they welcome the Year of the Monkey!

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

Friday, February 19, 2016

Experience Lan Su Chinese Garden at its most enchanting. Tickets sell out every year; buy yours soon for an unforgettable evening of beauty.

2016 Chinese New Year Event Schedule

Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit. 

Download the Chinese New Year Event Schedule (PDF, 938 KB) »

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

A traditional lantern viewing closes out Chinese New Year festivities on the evenings of February 19, 20, 21, and 22, when the garden glows with 150 hanging red lanterns and the lake reflects the light of 250 floating lanterns. A dragon procession and special performances are all a part of these special evenings.

Learn more about Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing! »

Become a Member

As a member, you and a guest may visit as frequently as you like. Enjoy discounts on Lantern Viewing tickets and other special events, discounts in the Teahouse and Garden Shop plus so much more.

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