Chinese New Year Festival

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 1:00pm

Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 Northwest Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209

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Visit Lan Su to experience the most colorful and joyous Chinese festival during the garden's two-week Chinese New Year celebration. The celebration will feature special festival decorations, contact-free audio tours, mobile scavenger hunts, educational displays, and much more!

Plan for the most auspicious visit and come visit on the first day! Every guest visiting on Friday, February 12 will receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope.

Enrich your festival experience with Discover Lan Su. This visitor mobile app provides a free access to garden audio tours and the interactive "Year of the Ox" scavenger hunts from the safety and convenience of your own mobile device!

Don't miss Lan Su's new phoenix from China! Generously donated by ACHIEF, this 18ft Phoenix Lantern Sculpture will join the 20ft Dragon Lantern Sculpture and nest in the garden's Lake Zither during the festival.

Daytime Festival Features:

Festive Chinese New Year decorations
Contact-free audio tours
Contact-free Year of the Ox mobile scavenger hunt
Video showcase of traditional Chinese New Year customs and cuisine
Chinese wishing tree

Year of the Ox:

Significance of Ox the Zodiac Sign:

You are an Ox if you were born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, or 2021.

The ox is the second animal in the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac calendar. The Ox is beloved by many in Chinese culture for its valuable role in agriculture and everyday life.

The Ox’s Strengths:

Oxen are honest, diligent, strong, dependable and determined. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. They often hides their talent, but gain recognition through hard work. They usually are logical thinkers and rarely lose their temper, which also makes them great leaders.

The Coming New Year:

The 2021 Year of the Ox falls under the element of metal. For those born under the sign of the Ox, this year promise to be a highly fruitful year with a lot of cheer and power. Professionals will be rewarded financially for their diligence and skills. This is also a prefect year to focus on family and relationships.

Chinese New Year Evening Lantern Viewing:
6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m

Experience Lan Su’s Chinese New Year Celebration with several evenings of traditional lantern viewing, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns illuminating sweeping roof lines and the Lake Zither reflects the lights of lantern sculpture and lotus lanterns!

This year, join Lan Su to unveil the never-seen-before, 18-ft phoenix lantern sculpture from China, donated by  ACHIEF (All Chinese Heritage Integrity Empowerment Fund). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest behind-the-scene updates on the phoenix lantern.  

Enjoy the magic of lantern viewing with a nice cup of tea and snacks. The Garden  Teahouse will offer to-go service of food and beverage.

Ticket Prices:

Member: $20
General: $25
Children (3-11): $15
Children (1-2): $0
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