Saturday, January 5 - Saturday, January 12
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
To kick off 2013 and a year full of events, Lan Su Chinese Garden will open Saturday, January 5 through Saturday, January 12, with no cost for admission (general admission is regularly $9.50). The garden shop expands into a garden pavilion to offer a dazzling display of Chinese New Year items in preparation for the beginning of the Year of the Snake on February 10.
Visitors can also escape the cold with tea in the cozy teahouse, which keeps garden hours and does not require reservations.
The Number Eight in Chinese Culture
In China, the character for eight sounds similar to the character meaning “prosper” or “wealth.” In regional dialects, the characters for eight and “fortune” are also similar. The number eight is viewed as so auspicious that being assigned a number with several eights is considered very lucky. The Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08; the United Airlines Flight from San Francisco to Beijing is flight 888; and many new buildings in China have 88 floors.