Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017! People born in the Year of the Rooster are generally observant, hardworking and courageous. 

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration, January 28 – February 12, 2017. Every guest visiting on January 28 will receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. The festivities continue throughout the two weeks with lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!

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:  

Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su's 2017 events and activities, including Lan Su in BloomPoetry MonthSuzhou Summer, 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 - Year of the Rooster 雞年


In accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017 and ends February 15, 2018. You are a Rooster if you were born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017.

The Rooster’s Strengths

Occupying the 10th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rooster symbolizes such character traits as confidence and motivation. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are loyal, trustworthy and honest when it comes to offering their opinions. Roosters are extremely social and prefer being the center of attention. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up. Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

Roosters are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. In their everyday life, Roosters are as proud of their homes as they are of themselves. They’re extremely organized individuals as evidenced by the fact that their homes are always neat. Also, Roosters are usually hard-working, multi-talented individuals. They make great salespersons, journalists, and police officers.

The Coming New Year

The hyperactive Fire Monkey in 2016 has brought people countless excitements, confusions, and surprises. This new year upon us will be the year of Fire Rooster, and the king of the yard can’t wait to crow at dawn, bringing back integrity, strong values, and practical thinking. In 2017, warmth of the fire Rooster also points people in the direction of family and home related matters. It would be a good year for partnerships, whether it’s personal or professional, to come fruition. Also, in the honest and diligent spirit of a rooster, the path to success in this year has no shortcut. Only hardworking people with patience and faith will be greatly rewarded.  


Chinese New Year sponsored by 

VT Group

Travel Portland


This project is supported in part by   


US Bank Foundation

Jackson Foundation

The Autzen Foundation

Herbert A. Templeton Foundation


Chinese New Year Related Programing


At this time, there are no scheduled upcoming events related to
Chinese New Year

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 illuminating sweeping roof lines 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 is 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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