A whole block of the downtown/old town Portland was constructed as an ancient Chinese Scholar garden, named as Lan Su; If you ever read GOMBRICH's History about the World book, he wrote that China was the only country ruled by scholars. The Lan Su Chinese garden was an exact replicate of such ancient scholar's living quarter; You will find a "book house" where ink, brush, paper are presented for the scholars to practice calligraphy, poem, and paintings; If you love Monet's Lilies pond oil painting, inspired by the Japanese Water Lilies pond, they were originated from China, as you can enjoy viewing the Water Lilies pond filled with Koi fishes inside the Lan Su garden.
Sadly, developers and local government officials have changed local construction height constraints, so, they can build more taller buildings, the landscape around Lan Su garden will only getting grayer, so don't wait for that time, visit the garden today!
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