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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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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Breakfast included
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No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004 China
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Dali Airport28 km
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We had a delightful stay at Linden Centre. The staff made us feel so welcome. The food was delicious. The tour of the Linden Centre and of Xizhou gave us a much better understanding of the history and community. I rode an electric scooter down to Erhai Lake. The days we
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Response from Jeanee L, Owner at The Linden Centre
Responded 14 Feb 2019
Max, Caroline, Irene.... our team is made up of passionate, bi- and tri-lingual young people. I ask of them only two things- to smile and to treat the guests like they would treat their family. Our hotels have appointed travel curators whose job is to help ensure that activities outside the hotel are shared with guests and, if required, supported and accompanied. We have appointed guest relations people- I call them our jesters- and they are here to keep our guests happy while they are in our extensive common spaces. This means playing badminton, pool or ping pong with the children, drinking Pu'er tea with our guests in our tea house or over a game of Mahjong, sharing yoga secrets in our yoga and meditation rooms, or leading an exploration of calligraphy in our sites' impressive libraries. I just finished working out with three middle school students, children of our guests, and taught them the basics of Wing Chun martial arts. This is what makes an experience at the Centre different. While we are proud of hosting our guests in our nationally protected compounds, it is our soul and passion that breathes life into these relics. We are so glad our home-style service resonated with you. Thank you for staying with us. Brian
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My wife and I and two of our adult daughters checked into two adjoining rooms at the Linden Centre on January 27, 2019 with little knowledge or expectation as to nature and history of this unique and marvelous place. The Centre is not a typical hotel at all. It is a historic,
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Response from Jeanee L, Owner at The Linden Centre
Responded 9 Feb 2019
Chinese New Year is upon us. Everyday our three sites are fully booked and home to a myriad of different activities. Last night we hosted a lecture by German and Australian filmmakers on their documentary projects in China. As with all our programs, the event was open to the public and many local families attended. Our centres are cultural bridges- platforms upon which our guests are able to effortlessly immerse themselves in a part of China that is much more closely connected to this country's timeless cultural traditions. This type of entree into the daily life of rural China does not come easy. We have built trust and friendships with our neighbors. We have refined a model that gives back to the community in many different ways. These efforts, which take up much of our teams' time, are not common business practices. Instead, passion, understanding and empathy are required, qualities seldom incorporated into other hospitality models. While our centres have been praised by the Chinese media and government as models of sustainable and sensitive development, the story is not about us. It is about the people who make our guests' experiences so special. Chinese 'soft power' is clearly evident in the warmth of our neighbors and local team. They embrace our guests as family. They proudly share their culture in the face of constant outside- and trend-driven models developed in every popular tourist site. Our guests value the time-honored aesthetic and genuineness of our centres. Yes, there are flaws and some inconveniences (for example, smaller rooms, no bathtubs, sound issues, etc), but the joy of spending time in a real village with real people, all while housed in a national treasure, outweighs these minor imperfections. In the last twenty years, China has built some of the most beautiful and comfortable hotels in the world. But so many of these are removed from the reality outside their walled-off compounds. We believe that travelers should travel for what is outside and not just in search of uber luxury. The true luxury in China, even for me after thirty years in this country, is tasting its traditions, sharing with its people and basking in its cultural richness. Please heed this difference- coming to our centres is not just buying a bed in a newly constructed building with little to no public facilities. We have guests tell us about similar hotels in other sites. But please recognize the differences and understand the challenges we face in restoring nationally protected heritage sites (unprecedented in China), in sharing equity with our villagers, in setting up international education programs open to foreign and Chinese students alike, in working on micro-finance projects alongside our hotels... these efforts all go beyond what any other hospitality organizations are doing in China. We want guests to be prepared for an experience with us, warts and all. We hope that future guests, like the family who wrote this kind review, will leave with a treasured experience and a much more balanced understanding of China. Thank you, Brian
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Located in the village of Xizhou, the Linden Centre is a well-preserved heritage site built in the traditional Bai courtyard style. Near a farmer's field, you really feel like you are in the countryside, something we needed coming from a large city in China. Our room was nicely
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Small Town/ Rural China is hard to access for foreigners who speak little Chinese. This beautiful establishment in Yunnan province is something special. It is not in Dali, but located north of it about 30 minutes, in a picturesque old village called Xizhou. The village is
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This is by far the best place and an absolute must to visit in China. The beauty & authenticity of China is definitely illustrated here at the Linden Centre. Upon arriving, you will immediately feel a close sense of community. We were already saying hello to people who we just
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Response from Brian l, Owner at The Linden Centre
Responded 28 Dec 2018
The holidays are still amongst us and our centres are alive with activities and fervor. We took our guests on an eight hour hike across the mountains on the 26th, stopping to picnic and chat with the hundreds of woolly yaks. Today we have organized a nature hike to the wetlands north of Dali. This is chaperoned by our scholars in residence, including the leading expert on birds in Xizhou! (An American from Ohio whose books are in our library.) Our soon-to-open sites in the national park 90 minutes north of here and along the border with Burma less than five hours west will complement our guests' experiences with us here in Dali. Rather than bouncing from one hotel brand to another, all without making any deep connections with the hotels' staff and the neighboring residents, the Linden Centre will deliver the same home-away-home cultural immersion in Yunnan's most pristine destinations. Rember what Bilbo said: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Be brave... go beyond your comfort zone; explore China's riches with us and leave forever changed. Thank you for spending your holidays with us!
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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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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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"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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