Tuesday, February 5, 2019 through Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Enjoy special extended hours in the garden from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during Chinese New Year (February 5 - 19, 2019).
Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! The festivities kick off Tuesday, February 5 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door (available to the first 100 visitors). Every guest visiting on February 5 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope.
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 celebration ends with several nights of Lantern Viewing Evenings when the garden is illuminated with colorful lanterns and a lively dragon procession. Please note: a separate admission ticket is required for this event. Learn more & reserve your tickets today »
Available to the first 200 visitors
Lan Su Chinese Garden would like to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day by presenting you with a traditional Chinese love token — the Chinese knot (available to the first 200 visitors). A Chinese knot is a braid of red brocade ribbon that signifies love and celebration. The Chinese character for “knot” is 結 [jié] and it can be interpreted as “to unite.” For centuries, the Chinese knot has been a token of love. It is a perfect gift for your partner or spouse, newlyweds, and it can be used as decoration for celebrations and festivals. Happy Valentine’s Day! 情人節快樂!
Saturday, February 9 at 11 a.m.
Parade begins at NW Davis & NW 4th Ave.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Portland Chinatown Dragon Parade presented by the Portland Chinatown Museum in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society! PLEASE NOTE: The parade route leads through the Chinatown neighborhood surrounding the garden. The parade begins on NW Davis & NW 4th Avenue at 11 a.m.
Saturday, February 9 from 12-3 p.m.
27751 NW Olson Rd, Gaston, OR 97119
Join Elk Cove Vineyards for a special Lunar New Year featuring food by Lucky Strike, White Lotus Lion Dance team, a display of hand made paper lanterns by HiiH Lights, traditional music and more all paired with Elk Cove wines. Elk Cove Vineyards is generously donating a portion of each ticket sale to Lan Su. For $15 off use code: LANSU Tickets are available for purchase in advance »
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King
Stop by the Lan Su booth at the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair, presented by the Portland Chinese Times & Portland Art & Culture Center, at the Oregon Convention Center and say hi! The Cultural Fair celebration includes performances, family-friendly events, authentic food and a wide variety of vendors. Learn more»
In accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Pig begins on February 5, 2019 and ends February 19, 2019. You are a Pig if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, or 2019.
Pigs have always been regarded as a strong symbol of abundance and wealth. Occupying the 12th and last position in the Chinese Zodiac, they represent a restful finishing point and the wish for another bountiful new beginning. In some parts of southern China, brides are even gifted with a golden necklace depicting a sow and her piglets that symbolizes fertility and well wishes for a big and happy family.
People who born in the Year of the Pig are honest, chivalrous, compassionate, and generous. They have a calm appearance and strong will. They are kind to their loved ones. Generally speaking, Pigs are relatively unflustered when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are that Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in. Pigs usually are wonderful friends; they are warm, trusty, and very easy-going.
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Celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig with this tradition for ensuring a prosperous new year! The first 100 visitors on Tuesday, February 5 are invited to join Lan Su staff and volunteers to “Roll in the Wealth” for a healthy and wealthy Year of the Pig.
Make a wish for Chinese New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig!
Make your own paper red lantern to take home in celebration of Chinese New Year — Year of the Pig.
Local students show off their hard work with special performances in celebration of the New Year!
Learn about Chinese seals and see how they are made.
Join in on a round of mahjong. Whether you already know how to play or are merely intrigued by this traditional Chinese game, you are encouraged to watch and participate!
See lion dancers up close as they welcome the Year of the Pig!
Learn more about Chinese Martial Arts with performances on the terrace in celebration of Chinese New Year!
See the rest by visiting the full Event Calendar
Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit.
Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns 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.
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 are given as well-wishing blessings for the New Year.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
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Members, donors and visitors help keep Lan Su healthy and growing. Lan Su is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations and memberships are tax deductible. Lan Su’s Federal Tax ID number (EIN) is 93-1296840.