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

Chinese New Year 2005 Event Schedule

2/9 - 3/27Breath of a Wok Exhibit
2/9 - 2/16Hong Bao to First 100 Guests Daily
2/11 - 2/20PCCG Annual Plant Sale
Thurs. 2/1012:00 - 3:00 pmBooksigning in the Garden with Grace Young and Alan Richardson
7:00 - 8:30 pmLecture and Booksiging for all PCCG Members
Sat. 2/1211:00 - 11:30Lion Dance (NW Lion Dance Association)
11:30 - 12:30Yo-yo Demonstration (Portland Chinese School)
1:30 - 2:30Calligraphy & Er-hu Demo by Terri Louie
3:00 - 4:00Qigong Demo by the Wu Dao Jing International Qigong Society
Sun. 2/1310:45 - 11:30Qigong / Tai Chi Demo (Wen Wu Schl. of Internal Martial Arts)
11:30 - 12:30Storytelling with Carol Gwo (Chinese New Year Story - The Monkey King)
1:30 - 2:30Chinese Rod Puppetry by Dragon Arts Studio
Sat. 2/1910:30 - 11:30Storytelling with Ming - Ming Edelman (Chinese New Year - Zodiac Story)
11:30 - 1:30Nine Dragons Garden Skits
12:00 - 2:00Knot Tying with Rosalind Wang
2:00 - 2:30NW Tai Chi Study Group Demo
Sun. 2/2011:30 - 1:30Nine Dragons Garden Skits
2:00 - 4:30Lantern Making at PCCG Program Space
4:30 - 5:00Lion Dance (NW Lion Dance Association)
5:00 - 6:00Lantern Processional through the Garden
5:00 - 7:00Garden Admission Free with Suggested Donation of $1.00

Lion Dance

The Lion Dance is the quintessential element of the Chinese New Year. The New Year, the most exuberant of all Chinese festivals, characteristically showcases many of the Chinese fine arts. Only trained martial artists also schooled in the intricate techniques of the dance itself are able to perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance. The dance is meant to detail a narrative between an old monk and a lion, both playfully enticing the other. Eventually, the monk offers the lion greens that he accepts, the lion then shares his food with the audience blessing them with good health and fortune in the coming year. The Garden will host the NW Lion Dance Association twice during the 2005 Chinese New Year celebration. The Lion Dance will kick off our festivities on Saturday February 12th from 11:00 until 11:30 am and will mark the end of the Garden's CNY events on Sunday February 20th. On both occasions, the dance will wind through the meandering paths of the Garden, evading evil spirits and entertaining onlookers.


One of the oldest forms of Chinese art, calligraphy is admired for its beautiful abstraction. There are innumerable types of calligraphy, all requiring great patience and technique. The brush strokes creating Chinese characters are made with extreme precision; it's said that each person's style of brush painting is telling of their character. Once considered a hobby of the Asian elite, calligraphy is now adored by all. Artist Terri Louie will demonstrate calligraphy on February 12th from 1:30 until 2:30 pm in the Scholar's Studio.


The oral tradition of Chinese storytelling is thought to have originated in the imperial courts of ancient Asia. Storytellers often bridged the gap between the literate and illiterate, their charming tales descendant namely through oral history. The Garden is proud to welcome two veteran storytellers, Ming-Ming Edelman and Carol Gwo. The two will share stories of the mythical origins of the Chinese New Year sure to enchant the young and young at heart.

Knot Tying

Knot tying is an ancient Chinese fine art, originally passed down from mother to daughter. There seems to have been no formal training in the art, but it was widely practiced and highly revered. The knots symbolize specific Chinese blessings such as happiness and prosperity. Rosalind Wang will describe and then instruct visitors in this ancient art. The Garden is proud to welcome Rosalind on February 19th at 12:00 pm.

Nine Dragons Garden Skits

Performance art is always a CNY favorite and this charming tale, written by local author George Herman and illustrated by artist Kristen Seaton, is no exception. The book is loosely based on ancient Chinese folklore and gracefully describes a war between two peoples on opposite sides of a great mountain. The mountains contain the last of a legendary race of dragons, very wise in their old age. In the mountain's highest caves, reside nine ominously watching dragons each representing a distinctive character trait. The dragons serve as the people's ultimate mediator and charmingly restate our mother's famous advice; you can't jump to conclusions, it's always better to sit down and talk things out.

This enchanting story is enacted by a young group of performers from Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, ID. The group is garbed in spectacular costumes and presents a lively demonstration sure to delight all onlookers; the Nine Dragons Garden Skits will be in the Garden on Saturday February 19th from 11:30 until 1:30 pm and on Sunday February 20th from 11:30 until 1:30 pm.

Lantern Making Festival and Procession

The Lantern Festival or the Feast of the First Full Moon is observed on the fifteenth day of the New Year. Stories describing the origin of the festival vary from a fertility march to a patriotic display of the masses, celebrating the defeat of the ruling Mongolians. Whatever its roots, the Lantern Festival is a Chinese New Year favorite and a must see event. Traditional Chinese lanterns can be made in all shapes and sizes, from a variety of materials. The Garden will host a free lantern-making workshop from 2:00 until 4:30 pm on February 20th. The Lantern Festival marks the conclusion of the Chinese New Year events and offers patrons a rare opportunity to see the Garden at night. This dazzling display can be seen at the Garden at 5:00 pm; Garden admission will be free with a suggested donation of $1.00.

Martial Arts Demonstrations

Martial Arts are one of the oldest forms of performance art in China, their graceful and controlled motions have been refined and passed down through the generations. Today, a number of types of martial arts exist, each emphasizing a different area of importance. Many combine posture, precision of form, meditation and restrained force. The popularity of the martial arts is due to its appeal in everyday life. The Garden is proud to host a Qigong and Tai Chi demonstration during the Chinese New Year; the Wen Wu School of Internal Martial Arts will provide a Qigong and Tai Chi Demo on Sunday February 13th at 10:45 am and the NW Tai Chi Study Group will perform on Saturday February 19th at 2:00 pm. The Wu Dao Jing International Qigong Society will present a demonstration on Saturday February 12th from 3 until 4:00 pm.

Chinese Rod Puppetry

Chinese Rod Puppetry is an ancient Chinese art form long revered for its intricacies and sheer theatrical nature. Unlike the puppets of the West that are automated through strings, discretely placed rods animate the puppets in traditional Chinese puppetry. The characters are heroines of history, beautifully depicted with hand-carved and hand-painted puppets. Very few authentic Rod Puppet Artisans are found in the West, Dragon Arts studio headed by Zhengli Xu and Yuqin Wang, is the only professional Chinese Puppet Theater in the United States. The puppets are paired with enchanting music and Chinese folklore; the result is breathtaking and sure to entertain even the particular of patrons. The Garden is proud to welcome Dragon Arts Studio's performance, Images of China, on Sunday February 13th from 1:30 until 2:30 pm.

Yo-yo Demonstration

The Chinese yo-yo, also knows as "pulling bell", is an old toy first documented in a Song dynasty book. Chinese yo-yo is a type of palace art, which uses two small handles one in each hand pulling the ropes to roll around the axis of the yo-yo. When the yo-yo is rolling quickly you will be able to hear a buzzing sound, the faster you pull the louder the sound. After balancing the yo-yo on the string, you can do a lot of tricks with your yo-yo.

The Portland Chinese School will present a yo-yo demonstration on Saturday February 12th from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. The Portland Chinese School was founded 30 years ago, and provides Chinese language classes Sunday afternoon at PSU. The mission of Portland Chinese School is to teach Chinese language and culture using traditional Chinese characters and Bopomofo.