Musicians Vivian Zhu as she demonstrates how to play the guzheng, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument with over 2000 years of history. Learn about this fascinating instrument and enjoy traditional Chinese music in the garden.
Included free with Lan Su membership or admission. Chinese New Year is the most popular time to visit the garden. Plan for the best visit by purchasing your tickets ahead of time and arriving early for your favorite activities.
Jiahua “Vivian” Zhu is a Chinese zither musician originally from Shandong, China. At age 13, she passed the Level Ten Test, which is the top level in guzheng and gained a certificate issued by the International Examination Board of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 2015, Vivian moved from Shanghai to Portland, Oregon with her family where she began performing guzheng at local events and Chinese festivals. In 2016, Vivian received an opportunity to perform the classic guzheng tune, The Fishing Song, at a Chinese New Year event in Portland. The performance took everyone’s breath away and earned her a volunteer teaching position at the Bamboo International Chinese School. For the last two years, Vivian has taught more a dozen of students, both adults and children, to play guzheng and appreciate the culture of authentic Chinese music. The teaching experience has brought Vivian a lot of joy, but now she has a bigger dream: to introduce guzheng to more Portland local cultural organizations and to share Chinese music and culture with more people in the city she now calls home.
Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit.
Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns and the lake reflects the light of large illuminated lantern sculptures. A dragon procession and special performances are all a part of these special evenings.
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