Portland's Classical Chinese Garden

After repeat visits to Portland's Japanese Garden (one of my favorite places in the entire city), I thought it was time to visit Portland's other garden: the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Nestled in Portland's non-existent Chinatown, the Chinese Garden is the definition of an urban oasis.

The garden was constructed by citizens of Portland's Chinese sister city of Suzhou and opened in 2000. Today, it's home to 30,000 plants, an authentic teahouse, and numerous community events. I visited on a bustling Saturday afternoon, and despite the crowds, I wandered with a sense of calm and peace. I'm eager to return during a weekday, both to witness the various stages of bloom and to sit and reflect.