Portland Walking Tours

A new name and free admission for the Chinese Garden

December 29th, 2009

One of our favorite places to visit in Portland are the Chinese Gardens. In the middle of Old Town Chinatown, it’s a quiet and peaceful respite from the noise and bustle that surrounds it. 2010 is it’s 10th anniversary year and it’s being kicked off with two big things – a new name and free admission for over a week!

We’ve always known the gardens had two names: the “Portland Chinese Classical Garden” or the “Garden of the Awakening Orchid”. Now, there’s just one name – the Lan Su Garden, which is a blending of the garden’s Chinese and English names. If you look on the stone gateway in the front entrance, you’ll see three Chinese characters. The new name comes from these characters. “Lan” means orchid, “Su” is the word for arise or awaken, and “Yuan” is the word for garden. In the end, it can be loosely translated to Garden of the Awakening Orchid so the new name is not a stretch at all.

From January 2nd to January 10th, the Lan Su Garden is allowing free admission to all to celebrate it’s new name and ten big years. Every day will bring activities, so be sure to check the place out in person. Online visits are appreciated too.

Congratulations on 10 big years, Lan Su Garden!