Chinese New Year


Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 Year of the Dog at Lan Su Chinese Garden Friday, February 16 through Sunday, March 4, 2018. 

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! The celebration kicks off Friday, February 16 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. Every guest visiting on February 16 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope.

The celebration ends with several nights of Lantern Viewing Evenings when the garden is illuminated with colorful lanterns and a lively dragon procession. A separate admission ticket is required for this event. Learn more »

Weekends during Chinese New Year feature:  

  • Lion dances
  • Local school performances 
  • Martial Arts performances 
  • Family friendly craft activities 
  • Cultural performances
  • Chinese Calligraphy demonstrations 
  • Chinese Folk Art 
  • the Chinese wishing tree
  • and more!

Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su's events and activities throughout the year, including Lan Su in BloomAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthFun & Games, and moreCheck the event calendar for a full schedule of events »

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.


The Chinese Zodiac - 2018 Year of the Dog


In accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018 and ends March 2, 2018. You are a Dog if you were born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018.

Occupying the 11th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dog symbolizes character traits such as loyalty, compatibility and kindness. Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary. Ensuring others are happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success.

The Dog's Strengths

Dogs are determined individuals; always wanting to master a new subject before moving on and always finishing what they start. Dogs value friendships; they’re loyal, honest, trustworthy and reliable and have strong morals and ethics.

A well-kept, organized home is very important. Keeping a clean home and helping at work stems from the Dog’s need to be active and involved. Dogs spend money wisely, passing on luxury goods in favor of practical items. Dogs also prefer saving money to cover future expenses.

Coworkers can always count on Dogs to help out, especially if it means the Dog will learn something new or alleviate the workload of others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees. Good career choices for Dogs include: police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk or judge.


Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden is sponsored by 

Travel Portland


This project is supported in part by   


US Bank Foundation

Jackson Foundation

Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust

Juan Young Trust

The Autzen Foundation

The Collins Foundation

Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust


Chinese New Year Related Programing


Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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

2017 Chinese New Year Event Schedule

Chinese New Year lasts for 16 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, 485 KB) »

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns and the lake reflects the light of large illuminated lantern sculptures. A dragon procession and special performances are all a part of these special evenings.

Learn more about Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing! »

How to Make Your Own Red Envelope

Chinese red envelopes (hong bao) are handy-sized paper envelopes that are presented to family and friends during the Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck. Hong bao are traditionally filled with money and are given as well-wishing blessings for the New Year.

Learn how to make your own hong bao (PDF 260 KB) »

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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