University Place (310 SW Lincoln St.) is located just 0.4 miles from the Portland State University’s Smith Center (location of many of the symposium events). Use promo code “A1234” to get the PSU discount rate of $86/night (plus 15.3% tax) and mention that you are attending the Art & Archeology of the Silk Road Symposium (add this as a comment if you are reserving via the web).

Hotel Modera (515 SW Clay St.) is 0.3 miles to PSU’s Smith Center. Utilize the online promotion code “PRO” for 15% off the best available rates for the conference dates (based on availability). The current best rate for the period of our conference is $255/night.

You also of course can use resources such as Tripadvisor to find alternative lodging. Our campus is located at the southern end of Portland’s downtown so there are quite a few options that would be a 10-15 minute walk away.



Portland has a great public transit system. MAX Light Rail service between the airport and downtown Portland is frequent and inexpensive. Bus and street car lines will get you anywhere you need to go. Plan your trip on

Blue Star Shuttle Transportation between the airport and downtown Portland. Downtown Express Shuttle: $14/way/person, $24/round trip.

If you are interested in experiencing Portland by bicycle, consider Biketown. The distinctive orange bikes are located at stations on campus and all over Portland. Rentals start from as low as $2.50 for a single trip to $12.00 for a full day pass.

Portland Highlights


Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures and most interesting sites to see while visiting. A result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, our sister city in China’s Jiangsu province that’s famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens, Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou and is one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. Located at 239 NW Everett Street.


Designed in 1963, the Portland Japanese Garden encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles, and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. The site has been celebrated as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside Japan. Located at 611 SW Kingston Avenue.


Located at 1219 SW Park Avenue, the Portland Art Museum is just a short walk north of campus on the Park Blocks. The Museum has generously donated free admission to conference attendees with proof of registration.


Powell’s City of Books, Portland’s famous independent bookstore, encompasses four floors, an entire city block, and boasts an inventory of over one million books. It is an experience not to be missed! Located at 1005 W Burnside Street, Powell’s is on the Portland Streetcar line that loops through campus.

These are just a few highlights of what a visit to Portland has to offer. For more information visit the Portland Visitors Association website, or stop by the Visitor Information Center located at 701 SW 6th Avenue in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday (May-October) 10:00am-2:00pm.

One of our students made this video to introduce a few Portland highlights:

Cover image: Bill Young, 2015. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)