A year-round wonder, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is an authentic Ming Dynasty style garden, built by Suzhou artisans, that takes up an entire block of the city’s historic Chinatown district. Since the garden’s opening in 2000, its covered walkways, bridges, open colonnades, 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 Tower of Cosmic Reflections, as well as public tours of the grounds led by expert horticulturalists.
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 the Eastern 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.
See new work by artists Brian Oaster and Angelita Surmon on display in Lan Su Chinese Garden’s pavilions in December 2019. Admission to Lan Su: $12.95 General, $11.95 Seniors, $9.95 Students (under 18 or w/ College ID), free for children under 6 and members.
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