Portland: 10 Things to Do

7. Lan Su Chinese Garden

AMFX34 Two pavilions the Tea House sits across Zither Lake at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden Ming Dynasty style garden POR Craig Lovell / Eagle Visions Photography / Alamy
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The Lan Su Chinese Garden, smack dab in the middle of downtown, has a sweet story behind it. Portland's official sister city in China is a place called Suzhou, not far from Shanghai, whence some 65 workmen came to Portland in 1999 to build a 40,000-sq.-ft. Suzhou-style garden. They brought huge pieces of wood and hulking rocks from the homeland to make sure it turned out just so. Impressive! The garden is a tranquil break from the day-to-day grind, and there's a teahouse where you can sip some hot stuff and soak in the vibe. Plus, you can get some great gardening ideas for that scraggly backyard of yours.

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