Lan Su Chinese Garden will offer a free admission for each donation of a non-perishable food item, from Saturday, December 9 through Sunday, December 17, 2017. (General admission is regularly $10.)
During Lan Su's Nine Free Days, the Garden Shop overflows into the Hall of Brocade Clouds with a dazzling display of unique items to fit all of your holiday shopping needs. Featuring a selection of kid-friendly items, locally made mooncakes, visually stunning paper goods and books, and more—the Garden Shop's Holiday Pop-up Shop is the perfect place to find the perfect gift.
In China, the character for nine sounds similar to the character meaning “long-lasting.” It is thought that the number nine brings relaxation and ease. Number nine is also the highest single digit number and therefore stands for eternity and completeness. Many emperors like the number nine because of this and it therefore can be seen throughout the Forbidden City.