When I was home visiting my family over the holidays, my brother and I seized the opportunity to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden for free when we brought a box of canned goods for the local food bank. It was my first time there and even in winter it was just beautiful. Without all the leaves and colors, you really get a chance to appreciate the architecture and sight lines.
It’s so hard to believe that this little oasis is right in the middle of the city. It’s easy to get lost in a moment and feel like you are in another country entirely.
The most captivating part for me was the floors. Each pattern has meaning and were carefully hand laid by a skilled team of craftsmen. As a total surface design nerd, I couldn’t take my eyes off the ground.
If you are in the Portland area, it’s totally worth a visit even at full price and even in winter. Visit their website for details and hours.