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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Year of the Dragon

January 23rd marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
The year of the dragon.

No better time to visit Portland's China Town and the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

The line to view the Chinese Gardens in January!

The sky is blue, the air is crisp.

Completed in 2000, Lan Su (Garden of Awaking Orchids) is considered the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Most of the materials used to build the garden, including 500 tons of rock, came from China.
Mom's favorite patio.
Thousands of river rocks set on edge.

Sixty-five artisans from Suzhou, China lived in Portland for 10 months while they assembled and completed the structures that were crafted in China.

Poncines Trifoliato
'Flying Dragon'
(a cold hardy citrus tree)

The garden features more than 300 plant species and cultivars found in traditional Chinese gardens.

Yin and yang is the concept of how seeming opposite forces, like dark and light or smooth and rough are interconnected and yield balance and harmony.

Contrasting skylines

Now, on to other matters.

Fortune cookies never lie.....

Wyatt and Stanzie


  1. Wow, that's a very impressive fortune cookie! Good thing for you guys! What a fun outing!

  2. That is some fortune cookie you guys have. Do ya have ones wit my name on it too? BOL

    Very impressive garden there!

  3. Now that's the kind of fortune cookie we would love to find.
    What a beautiful place to visit!!! That patio really is amazing. Thanks for sharing the garden with us.

    Woos - Lightning, Ciara, Thunder, and Phantom

  4. Wonderful fortune!!! Wish we could find one like that.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Beautiful garden, too. We have one in Sydney that is very similar.

  5. Thanks for showing us the gardens. You are lucky to live near it. Good luck with the fortune.


  6. Pawesome post!
    Aaand the best part sure was the fortune cookie!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. Grrrreat pics and pawsome fortune cookie!

    woos, Tessa

  8. BOL Oh I go for that fortume cookie real fast!! Cool pictures!

    Jazzi and Addy

  9. What a lovely tour of Portland's China Town. The river rock patio is utterly beautiful. I can see that Gail is admiring it too. And clearly they have the world's best fortune cookies. I would so love to go there one day. I know Gail has friends in Tacoma, which is I think not a million miles away from Portland. Now what are the rules about dogs on airlines again...?
    Toodle pip!

  10. Wow - that patio at the Chinese Gardens is spectacular! We wish we had one of those in our yard!
    Now that is the perfect fortune! We hope you guys got to eat the cookie!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. What awesome photos and we too love love that patio garden though we can't imagine how much time was spent doing that WOW. Loved your fortune cookie !

  12. The garden is stunning!!!! BUTT the Fortune is the bestest pawt... and SOOOOOOOO TRUE!!

  13. That is a fortunate fortune cookie! Happy New Year!

  14. What a beautiful place--but I don't think you took those photos during this stormy week. I do believe that Wyatt and Stanzie's names naturally appear in fortune cookies in Portland. After all, they're famous!

  15. Wyatt,
    We love your fortune cookie. Man, was that a good pic! BOL!

    Love the river rock stone and all the architecture. Thanks for showing us. Come on year of the Dragon.

    How did you make out with all the snow? Please tell.

  16. I need a fortune cookie like that....all I got was one that said, sorry, play again!

  17. Woof!
    I should get a fortune cookie that tells the truth too! ;-)

    Kong hei fat chai. I don't know what it means though.

  18. That looks like an AWESOME place to visit! Our mama would love that!! How cool is it that you actually got a fortune cookie with your names on it??? VERY cool!! BOL!!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  19. Wow..that's definitely got to be the best fortune cookie ever!
    Thanks for showing us Portland's Chinatown.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  20. What great pictures it has been over 30 years since I was at the gardens. Thank you for sharing a lovely stroll down memory lane.

  21. Ha ha! Great good fortune message! Make sure those humans stick to it! Have fun! Ros and Oscar

  22. Mmmm, we LOVE Chinese food! Maybe you should laminate that fortune and hang it on your collar so your peeps don't forget! BOL!

    Those gardens are just bee-yoo-ti-ful! One more thing to put on the list of things to see if we ever get to Oregon!

    The Road Dogs