Ongoing Programs

In order to expand on Lan Su Chinese Garden's mission to inspire, engage and educate visitors in all aspects of Chinese culture, the program department has partnered with more than 50 community organizations in specific aspects of Chinese culture. These partnerships allow Lan Su to serve as a strong "cultural community center" of all-things Chinese in the Portland Metro area offering these rich cultural experiences.

Through the generosity of these partners and additional sponsors, Lan Su is able to offer each of these activities as part of your membership or admission. There is no additional cost to participate and registration is not required.

Calligraphy in the Teahouse  »

Learn about the classical Chinese art of calligraphy while sipping tea.

Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration  »

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

Chinese Folk Art Demonstration  »

Watch an expert calligrapher paint your name or Chinese zodiac sign.

Feng Shui Series  »

Get tips for integrating feng shui principles into your life with local expert Gwynne Warner of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui.

Learn How to Play Mahjong  »

Learn how to play mahjong with a group of experienced players.

Life in Balance Tai Chi  »

Watch and participate in an instructor-led session of 18 Movement or Shibashi qigong.

Member Hours  »

Members, enjoy more time in the garden with special hours year-round just for Lan Su members. Open to all Lan Su members and their guests (see membership level for number of guest privileges).


Music in the Teahouse  »

Listen to music from students and teachers of the Wisdom Arts Academy as you enjoy tea in the Teahouse. Requires purchase of tea.

Plant Walk  »

Learn from trained horticulturalists about the plants of Lan Su Chinese Garden with a weekly plant walk.

Docent led Public Tours

Public Tour  »

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

Tai Chi Chih  »

Watch and participate in a group session of Tai Chi Chih.

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Traditional Chinese Calligraphy  »

Learn about Chinese calligraphy and watch classically-trained scholars from the Wisdom Arts Academy share techniques of this ancient art.

Traditional Chinese Music  »

Enjoy a demonstration of traditional Chinese music played on the Zither, provided by a visiting student of the Wisdom Arts Academy.

Wild Goose Qigong  »

Join a qigong session led by instructors from the Wen Wu School of Portland.

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Yang Style Tai Chi  »

Join an instructor-led Tai Chi class.

Zen Tai Chi “Da Bei Quan”  »

​As a martial arts form, Da Bei Quan is characterized by softy flowing movements and deep body articulation. Join an instructor led class every Tuesday at Lan Su.

Art at Lan Su 

Lan Su hosts several artists each year, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to show work in the pavilions of the garden. From classical Chinese styles to contemporary work, each show offers a new experience of Lan Su Yuan.

Learn more about the current exhibition »

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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Plant Guide

Discover what's currently in bloom at Lan Su by picking up a copy of Lan Su's most recent Bloom Guide at the door or download your copy now. Featuring 16 of the most fragrant or most beautiful plants in the garden, the Plant Guide is your window into Lan Su's horticultural landscape.

Plant Guides by Season:

Summer Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 542 KB) »

Fall Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 537 KB) »

Winter Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 515 KB) »

Spring Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 973 KB) »

Spring/Summer Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 1.12 MB) »

Family Discovery Guide

Ask for a copy of the Family Discovery Guide at the front gate when you enter. Discovery guides are great for families, acting like scavenger hunts leading curious minds through the garden. Family Discovery Guides are updated throughout the year, reflecting the cultural festivals and seasonal blooms of Lan Su. There's always something new to discover at Lan Su Chinese Garden!

Download a copy now (PDF, 975 KB) »