About the Garden

Frequently Asked Questions


When did the Garden open?

The Garden opened September 14, 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.  Visit TriMet’s Trip Planner, which can provide door to door directions using public transit.

How much is admission?

Your admission gains access to the Garden, Teahouse, and when offered, public tours and exhibits. Some special events are not included with admission or may require the purchase of a tea service.  For more information, please see the events page. With a membership, admission is free for one year.

$8.50 Adults
$7.50 Seniors (age 62 & over)
$6.50 Students (age 6-18 and college students with I.D.)
Children five and under are free

Individual adult admission tickets and discounted admission bundles are available for purchase in advance at 503.228.8131.

What are your hours?

The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is open to visitors seven days a week year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

    Summer hours
    April 1 - October 31
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Winter hours
    November 1 - March 31
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What does a membership provide?

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. Additional membership information is available on our membership page.

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.

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.

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 the 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 Michele Starry at 503.228.8131 ext. 1002.  Please see the Rental page for more details.

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 ext. 1001.  Please see the Tours page for more details.

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.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

NW 3rd & Everett Portland, OR 97209 503.228.8131 http://www.portlandchinesegardens.org/