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Chinese New Year 2021

Take part in the festivities in Portland's Lan Su Garden during the day or enjoy its glowing lanterns at night

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

Lan Su Garden is the premier destination to celebrate Chinese New Year in Portland. The two-week festival is one of the most colorful annual events. During the festivities, the garden is elaborately decorated and looks stunning. Visitors can participate in red lanterns hanging, a scavenger hunt, see numerous cultural displays, and learn fun facts about China. Besides that, guests visiting on LNY day can receive a hong bao, a traditional lucky red envelope, or another small gift. Chinese New Year daytime activities run from 10 am to 4 pm.

An 18-ft (5-m) phoenix and a 20-ft (6-m) dragon lantern sculptures from China are among the main highlights of the festival. Visitors can enjoy them in their full glory during Lantern Viewing Evenings, a final part of the festival. That's when the whole garden is glowing with colorful lights and becomes truly magical. The lantern viewing is available on select nights only, from 6pm to 8 pm.

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