Classical Chinese Garden
NW 3rd and Everett, Portland, OR, 97208, 503-228-8131

Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Garden open?
The garden opened September 14th, 2000.
Where is the Garden located?
The Garden is located between NW 2nd and 3rd and NW Flanders and Glisan in Old Town/Chinatown. The Garden can be reached from I-405 by taking the Everett Street Exit and turning East. The garden is also available by MAX, which is Portland's light rail system, or by buses 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 33, 40, and 77.
How much is admission?
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5.50 for students, with children under 5 for free. With a membership admission is free for one year.
What are your hours?
November 1 - March 31: 10:00am - 5:00pm
April 1 - October 31: 9:00am - 6:00pm
What is a membership?
All memberships are good for one-year free admission to the Garden, a 10% discount in the gift store and teahouse, and quarterly newsletter. Prices are $25 for a student or senior membership, $35 for an individual membership, $60 for a family membership with additional higher memberships. More information on becoming a member is available.
How big is the Garden?
The Garden is one city block or approximately 40,000 square feet.
How big is the lake?
The lake, named Lake Zither, is about 8,000 square feet.
What are those free-standing rocks?
The rocks, called Tai Hu rocks are limestone mined from Lake Tai, a fresh-water lake near Suzhou. They are prized for their four virtues which are: the holes that allow life force to flow freely, the rough texture, their slenderness, and being top-heavy. Over 500 tons of rock was shipped from China for the Garden. More information on Tai Hu rocks and the five elements of Classical Suzhou Gardens is available.
What types of wood are used in the Garden?
There are three types of wood used in the Garden. San-Mu (Northeast China Fir) is used for most of the beams and columns. Dong-Bei-Song (Northeast China Pine) is used for the largest columns. Yingxing (Gingko) wood is used for the pale yellow decorative carving in the Pavilions. Nanmu (similar to walnut) is used for the carvings in the doors and windows.
What are leak windows?
The windows, around the Garden and inside the walls, are called "leak" windows since they allow the visitor to see the view "leaking" through. There are 51 windows, each unique, in and around the Garden. More information on leak windows and the "borrowed view" is available.
Is there a Gift Store?
The Garden has a gift store just outside the entrance which is open the same hours as the garden.
What is a Teahouse?
The Garden's teahouse, run by the Tao of Tea, located with the Garden allows visitors to sip authentic Chinese tea and view the Garden. The Teahouse also offers small snack. It is located in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections.
Where can I park?
The Garden is surrounded by on-street parking meters, both short term and long term. A number of parking garages within a few blocks including a Smartpark on the corner of NW Davis and Naito Parkway.
Is the Garden available for rent?
The Garden is available for both before and after hours events, including weddings. For more information, you may contact Michelle Ford at 503/228-8131 x 1010.
Are tours available?
The Garden tries to offer tours on a daily basis at noon and 1 pm. You may visit the Garden without a tour, and tours are free. To schedule a private tour of 15 or more, please call the Garden's tour coordinator at 503/228-8131 x 1001.
Is the Garden wheelchair accessible?
The Garden has a wheelchair accessible route that travels throughout the garden.
Who owns the Garden?
The City of Portland owns the Garden, and contracts with the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, a non-profit organization, to operate the Garden.
Can I bring my pet?
Please leave your pets at home.
Who designed and maintains this web site?
The Portland Classical Chinese Garden web site was designed and is maintained by the Kavi® Corporation.