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The Linden Centre

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The Linden Centre is an award-winning boutique hotel offering the intrepid traveller an inspiring exploration into Southwest China. With the Himalayan foothills providing a stunning backdrop, guests can reside in a beautifully restored national relic (one of the only national heritage sites open to overnight stays in China) within a thriving village, all while being serviced by a passionate and bilingual staff. Over 40% of the mansion is dedicated to common space, including a well-stocked cafe, dining room, fitness center, game room, extensive library, and conference facilities. Our second story terrace, floating above the fertile fields, is one of the iconic images of the region. Touch the ‘old’ China that is elusive to most visitors in one of the world’s oldest and most storied cultures.
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Dali Airport17 mi
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My stay at the Linden Centre started with a lovely market tour by a very well-informed fellow who works there. We got to see the town, taste cheese and rose jam at a local tie-ye vendor, and hear about some of the history of Xizhou. Right from the start it felt like I was being w
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Response from Brian l, Owner at The Linden Centre
Responded 1 week ago
The Centre is our home and we host each guest with a family type of friendliness and respect. This is the essence of every one of our hotels. We provide more than a bed, and guests should not come to the Centre expecting to hide in their rooms watching television or floating in a bathtub. Last week, we hosted music and talks by Chinese media personalities, tonight we are hosting a professor who is lecturing on a disappearing ethnic language in the region. Tomorrow we do a live TV broadcast from the Centre that includes some of our passionate guests. Next week, we start our annual assortment of Christmas and holiday activities. Guests should come prepared to be intellectually stimulated, even if they do nothing more than peruse our library's profound collection of thousands of books about Yunnan and China or join in on one of our exercise classes in our fitness center for the local villagers (a great chance, in addition to our weekly English corner, to genuinely interact with the local children). So-called authenticity in China is illusive at best, but experiencing the soul of a Chinese village, with all its struggles with modernization and outside influence, captures the essence of early 21st century China. The juxtaposition of old and new is alluring and intellectually stimulating. Go beyond the facades and Karaoke bars- come stay at the Linden Centre.
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Better writers than me have already described their wonderful experiences at The Linden Centre. Instead of re-telling what they have already so artfully explained, I think I’ll zoom in on some little details, like I do when I take photos. Let me just say if you like taking nice p
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The Linden Centre surpassed all my expectations. The accommodations were lovely (traditional with modern amenities), the food magnificent, and the setting beautiful and tranquil. Our hosts, the Lindens went out of their way to make us welcome and share with us their fascination w
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A trip above and beyond my expectations......which were high. Lovely rooms in a restored Bai merchant home with terrific food and service. Guided trips featuring the Art, architecture and religions of the province. Ample free time for shopping and at the end of the day a glass of
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Response from Jeanee L, Owner at The Linden Centre
Responded 4 weeks ago
Jeanee and I are cultural curators. We immerse ourselves in the local environment and supplement these experiences with tireless readings and research (proudly demonstrated by each site's copious library). We take pride in our team's ability to passionately meet the needs of our guests. This is even more impressive when considering that our team is made up of locals, 99% of whom have not been trained in hotel management nor previously worked in a hotel. They come to the Centre instead with genuine fervor and pride in cultural pride. This is what guests should seek when coming to the Centre. We thank you so much for spending time with us and hope that your future travels will take you to one of our soon-to-open sites along the Burmese border and in the national park 90 minutes north of Dali. Thanks again, Brian
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We spent a week at the Linden Centre as part of their Art of Travel tour. We had a lovely room, comfortable bed, terrific meals and the location in the rice fields was glorious. Food was delicious. Walking to Xizhou was easy. There were many activities for us so we were quite
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Response from Jeanee L, Owner at The Linden Centre
Responded 4 weeks ago
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Travel should be inspirational; it should challenge one's beliefs and make one modest upon realizing how different the world is outside one's own cultural milieu. Our hotels were established to foster intellectual exploration and curiosity. We do this by embracing our local environment and making it the most important part of a Linden Centre stay. China's tourism model has focused on design and luxury. Too often said attributes have nothing in common with the local surroundings. Such a model inspires nothing more than relaxation: a beach resort cloaked in shallow cultural garb. Resorts serve an important role in providing escapism and leisure to China's hard-working populace., but the model is easily replicable (it focuses only on 'hardware') and yields very little intellectual or spiritual bounty. Our Art of Travel program is a provocative model that tries to balance the spirit of travel with the reality of everyday life. Why does travel inspire some and intimidate others? We take guests to sacred sites around northwest Yunnan and discuss the spiritual traditions that inspire travelers to pursue pilgrimages to these destinations. How did Taoism react to the influx of the India-born Buddhism at the time of Christ? How did Buddhism incorporate Taoist traditions in order to gain more followers in China? Why did Yunnan have an independent Islamic Sultanate in the mid-19th century? We discuss these and many other topics during our two-week-long immersion. Thank you for being such a curious traveler. We encourage other passionate travelers to join us on this annual program. Safe travels to all.... Brian
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What airport do guests usually travel to/from? I.e., "Airport Transportation" that is listed under "HOTEL AMENITIES" from what airport? Thank you!
You can fly into Dali Airport - DLU is the code. Take care when you book it and don't get confused by the Dalian airport which is close to Korea and far away from Dali. A driver can be arranged to pick you up.
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I can't figure out how to get in touch with Hazel to make a reservation. Does anyone have an email address? Thanks.
What is the email address for The Linden Centre in Wuxi? Is the renovation complete? Are they taking guests?
No # San Diego. Candy from Linden Centre (XiZhou) has responded; " The WuXi project ceased, with Jeanee + Brian developing two additional sites in XiZhou. BaoChengFu (their 3rd site, opening Jan 2015). Expanding a diverse list of activities already on offer...to include culinary + ceramic workshops. " hope this helps !
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Is The Linden Centre in Wuxi renovation completed? How can I find information on this location?
"Throw a dart. If you want to stay in a very comfortable place with a terrific atmosphere, they’re all good rooms."
"Just enjoy the surroundings"
"All rooms are fine."
"If you are looking for a hotel that is similar to the Hilton then the Linden Center is not for you."
"Rooms at the first floor are very calm and top."
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PRICE RANGE
$113 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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