Know Before You Go
Lan Su Chinese Garden is open, and tickets may be purchased in advance or on-site. Masks are required for all visitors to the garden aged 5 and older.
The Tao of Tea teahouse is offering to-go service with limited indoor and outdoor seating.
All group-based activities have been suspended, including docent-led group tours. Visitors are encouraged to use the new Discover Lan Su mobile app that includes an audio tour of the Garden and interactive scavenger hunts for K-5 kids.
A year-round wonder, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is an authentic Ming Dynasty style garden built by Suzhou artisans, that brings together art, architecture, design and nature in this 2,000 year old Chinese tradition. The garden takes up an entire block of the city’s historic Chinatown district. Since opening in 2000, its covered walkways, bridges, open colonnades, koi-filled ponds, pavilions and richly planted landscape framing the man-made Zither Lake have created an urban oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony. It’s an inspiring, serene setting for meditation, quiet thought and tea served at The Tao of Tea in the authentic teahouse at Tower of Cosmic Reflections, as well as public tours of the grounds led by expert horticulturalists.
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Though the grounds provide a peaceful escape, periodic events give the garden a festive atmosphere. Over a span of two weeks each winter, Lan Su’s Chinese New Year Celebration packs the calendar full of festivities that explore the culture and history of this holiday. Beginning on the final day of the last month of the Chinese calendar (typically late January or early February), the festivities include paper lantern viewings, calligraphy demonstrations and lion dance performances.
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How much does it cost?
$12.95 for adults 18 –61
$11.95 for seniors (62+)
$9.95 for students ages 6-18 (with ID)
Free for ages 5 and under
Details are subject to change; please check Lan Su Chinese Garden’s Website for current information.
Is parking available?
The closest private lot is Smart Park, located on the corner of Northwest 1st & Davis.
Are the garden grounds wheelchair accessible?
Almost every area of the garden can be accessed by those using mobility devices, and benches are available throughout the garden.
Aides and care-providers receive free admission.
Service animals are welcome.
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