“The mission of Lan Su Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.”
That is what the website states. It was ten minutes before the heavily carved wooden door was swung open as I joined the migration of the other, all female, bermuda length short wearing expectant visitors, cameras in hand to the garden. In a decade the Satyricon Nightclub ( legend has it that Kurt met Courtney there) was replaced by mornings and greenery. I learned this trip that the club only closed last Fall, the building slated for demolition. Old Town used to be desolate and this particular morning felt earlier because it was only a mix of tourists and homeless individuals stirring. This was an oasis of green, full city block, skyscrapers filtering over the top of trees, spurts of street noise patched in.