Meditative Garden Bike Tour: Japanese and Chinese Gardens

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Tour description

Experience Portland’s gardens in a deeper way on a bike tour that will delve into garden design as it is meant to access your higher self and touch all your senses — including your sense of spiritual connectedness. Our about five-hour tour includes admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden, guided meditations, and visits our guide’s favorite downtown meditative gardens and places. The tour is meant as a philosophical and historical approach to the garden as it is used in urban spaces, but one with a significant sense of delight in the encounter. Eight to 12 miles of biking and an option for an uphill climb (with a sweet transit workaround if that's not your thing). Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes, helmets, snacks and garden admission provided.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cordilleran Tours, Portland, OregonWe'll get fitted for bikes and head out on our ride.Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Vera Katz Eastbank EsplanadeWe'll ride along the Eastbank Esplanade, with views of the Willamette River, to begin our tour.Pass By: Steel Bridge, Portland, OregonCrossing the Steel Bridge into downtown is a highlight of our meditative garden bike tour.Stop At: Tanner Springs Park, Portland, OregonWe'll ride into the Pearl District and stop at Tanner Springs Park, where your guide will introduce you to the complications and conflicts of urban parks and gardens; and the many-layered story of this park and the neighborhood where it resides.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Pearl District, Portland, OregonOur ride will take us through the Pearl District and down the North Park Blocks.Stop At: Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, OregonAt the Lan Su Garden, we'll explore the reasons the garden was placed here in this neighborhood in Portland; we'll describe the philosophies and poetry of the garden, and experience some of its meditative aspects, as well as working to understand the garden synesthetically. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Tao of TeaIn the Chinese Garden, we'll visit the tea house for a pot of Chinese tea.Duration: 25 minutesPass By: Washington Park, Portland, OregonWe'll ride up into Washington Park (or take the MAX train to avoid the hill)Stop At: Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OregonAt the Japanese Garden, we'll explore the approach from a different sister city, and a different (and much younger) culture to garden design, and how we achieve meditative states, or zen. We'll walk through the garden and give tour guests a little time to meditate on their own.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Hawthorne Bridge, Portland, OregonWe'll ride over the oldest bridge structure in Portland on our way back to the bike shop.

What's included

  • Fitted bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Snacks
  • Professional cycling guide
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Tao of Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Portland Japanese Garden

What's not included

  • Gratuities (always appreciated)
  • Food and tea at garden teahouse (optional stop)