Lan Su Chinese Garden to Temporarily Close Beginning November 23

On Monday, Nov 23, Lan Su Chinese Garden will close to rehabilitate Lake Zither and refurbish the Teahouse windows. Lan Su will reopen to the public in late-January 2016. Please visit the Lake Zither Rehabilitation page for more info.

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Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Chinese New Year

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:  

  • Lion dances
  • Children's music and dance performances
  • Make a Happy New Year card craft activity
  • Chinese Zodiac Calligraphy demonstrations
  • Martial Arts performances
  • the Chinese wishing tree
  • and more! 

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 arriving early! "Rolling in the Wealth" orange and coin rolling is limited to the first 100 visitors. 

Chinese New Year presented by 


Travel Portland

VT Group

This project is supported in part by grants from  

Oregon Cultural Trust

Jackson Foundation

Autzen Foundation 

US Bank 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.

Rolling in the Wealth

Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Monkey with this tradition for ensuring a prosperous new year!

The Chinese Wishing Tree

Monday, February 8, 2016

Make a wish for Chinese New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey! Available to the first 300 visitors.

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.

Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Calligraphy is a high art in Chinese culture. See why the writing of beautiful characters is so revered while watching an expert calligrapher at work.

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.

2015 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. Check back soon for a 2016 Chinese New Year Event Schedule!

Download the Chinese New Year Event Schedule (PDF, 795 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! »