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 Conversation Circle  »

Practice Mandarin Chinese in a casual and fun setting with the Portland State University Confucius Institute.

Chinese Folk Art Demonstration  »

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

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.


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.


Pang Family Qigong  »

Watch and participate in an instructor-led Pang Family Style qigong session.

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.

Tortoise Slow Fitness Tai Chi  »

Every fourth Saturday, learn the fundamentals of tai chi at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

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Wei Chi (Go)  »

Come learn the traditional Chinese game of Wei Chi (Go).

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.

This Month at Lan Su

Lan Su in Bloom

Lan Su Chinese Garden sheds the cold and gray of winter to “drink in the fragrance” of spring with a month of plants, flowers and everything blooming!

Lan Su in Bloom finds the garden filled with sights and scents of special floral arrangements and unique plant displays, as well as plant walks and plant talks led by experts.

Learn More »

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:

Spring Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 764 KB) »

Spring/Summer Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 561 KB) »

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) »

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, 426 KB) »