There’s no place like home

As a college student with a limited travel budget, I know how difficult it can be to go on all sorts of grand adventures. While I have been fortunate enough to travel sporadically, it is not nearly as much as I would like.While it may not be realistic for me to travel to China, the Lan Su Chinese Garden give you the opportunity to transport yourself to another world right in your own backyard.

The garden can servrve as a way to escape reality

Located in the heart of Portland, this peaceful haven provides the opportunity to get away for a few hours. The contrast between the city and the garden can best be seen when you look up and find yourself surrounded by high rise buildings, but that makes it all the more interesting. I began to feel a new appreciation for nature and simplicity.

Contrast between the garden and the modern buildings surrounding it
Contrast between the garden and the modern buildings surrounding it

The garden had a mix of intricate design and simple statements. This lead to the eye constantly finding new things to look at. The garden is not very large but there are plenty of activities to participate in.

My friend, Hannah, and I found ourselves in the tea house after a half hour of wandering around the grounds. The warm tea was exactly what we needed after our chilly stroll. As we sipped our tea we marveled at how authentic our experience had been. Although neither of us have been to China, we felt as though we had gained some knowledge as to what traditional Chinese gardens may be like.

Delicious herbal tea served in the Tea House
Delicious herbal tea served in the Tea House

It is important to explore your city and see what opportunities you may find. I have lived in the Portland area for 20 years and hadn’t been aware of the Chinese Garden. A little adventurous spirit and the desire to try something new led me to the garden. You don’t have to travel far; there are so many ways to travel within your own city if you just look a little.

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