Portland Chinese Garden Guide - Tucked into Downtown Portland in the Oldtown / Chinatown neighborhood is an amazing hidden gem known as the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Portlands Chinese garden is an authentic Suzhou-style garden. This small garden packs a lot of visual punch with many wonderful plants, asian structures, statues, and unique windows. For being right in the city, it's an amazingly tranquil and serene place to spend some time. It's said that the garden grew out of a friendship between Portland and Suzhou, a Chinese city renowned for its exquisite gardens. "The mission of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture." (Source: www.portlandchinesegarden.org)
Classical Chinese Garden (Source: www.portlandchinesegarden.org)
The Portland Classical Chinese Garden began as a dream in the early 1980s. It became more focused when Portland and Suzhou, China, became sister cities in 1988 and the idea of a building a Suzhou-style garden in Portland became a goal. The city of Suzhou was founded in 252BC. It's located approximately 50 miles west of Shanghai on the eastern coast of China. Suzhou's climate is similar to Portlands.
"By 1,000 AD, Suzhou had become a thriving city with an economy based on trade. It was also a place for government officials to retire. These retiring Imperial court officials built housing compounds that featured beautiful gardens. These gardens attempted to duplicate nature found in traditional Chinese landscape paintings, and the nature of the nearby Yellow Mountains. The gardens would be used to entertain guests and undertake intellectual pursuits such as painting, poetry, and conversation. This Garden is based on a garden built in Suzhou during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD)."
The Portland Chinese garden windows are one of the most unique features of the
garden. These are known as Lan Su Yuans Leak Windows. Each has a unique design depicting nature or a geometric pattern.
Learning Opportunities at the Garden
Visiting the Portland Classical Chinese Garden
Portland Chinese Garden Directions and Map
We hope you enjoy your visit to the city of Roses and to the Portland Chinese Garden. If you have photos of the Portland Chinese Garden you'd like to share, please contact us or post them on the Portland photo gallery.
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