Lan Su in the Rain

A Pluviophile* Guide to Lan Su Chinese Garden

*plu•vio•phile  — (n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. 

Ask a repeat visitor, member, or staff person of Lan Su their favorite time to visit the garden and you may be surprised to hear "when it's raining" over and over. Visiting Lan Su in the rain is a joy that many people must experience themselves to truly understand. 

Eight Reasons to Visit Lan Su in the Rain

  • Staying dry while walking under the traditional walkways and pavilions which cover 70% of the garden.
  • See the rain comes together to form drops along the roof edges of the triangular drip tiles.
  • The natural rhythm of water as it lands on strategically placed plants in the garden.
  • The view overlooking Lake Zither through heavy rain falling from drip tiles creating a "beaded curtain" effect.
  • The patterns that rain drops make in Lake Zither.
  • Seeing the subtle changes in color and texture of Taihu rocks when wet.
  • Sipping hot tea and sampling delicious food in the Teahouse while listening to the rain.
  • Watching koi swim through the raindrops in Lake Zither.

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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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