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Newnan, Georgia
Reviewed 7 May 2014

The Linden Centre was certainly one of the highlights of our three week adventure in China. The accommodations were lovely and the views from the terrace are some of my fondest memories. The food, wonderful; the staff, friendly and helpful; this is a place that should not be missed!

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Sydney
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Good, restored accommodation with lovely rooms and courtyards, although it's missing the wow factor that would make it excellent. This centre definitely has a strong presence around town - it's well known by locals - and for good reason. It has a definite community feel about it and the various communal courtyards and lounge spots, of which there are many,...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive review. We appreciate all your comments and agree that we are a very good destination for families. Your stay coincided with a vacation group of students from Shanghai American School. Usually we do not house these student groups in our Centre, hosting them instead in our second complex- our...

Stroud, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 May 2014

The Linden Centre, surrounded on three sides by fields, is situated in the small town of Xizhou about 40 minutes drive from Dali’s old city and the Three Pagodas area. It is worth visiting both the local market, for an authentic view of life in China outside the big cities, and the silk embroidery school, where the work is extremely...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. For future guests, I would like to clarify some of the points you mentioned. We are an American-owned company comprised of international scholars and educators, and we have laboriously collected the American WWII posters (all of which focus on the alliance between the West and China) because the US Flying Tigers were based across the...

Olympia, WA
Reviewed 3 May 2014

You really don't want to miss this. We only spent 2 nights, but you could spend a lot more time here. The place was one of the few fancy private Bai homes built just after WWII that has been preserved, and it has been very tastefully updated. The rooms are spacious, the three courtyards extremely peaceful. Just go up on...

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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our young family ( 2 children aged 5 and 6) had an incredible holiday experience at the Linden Centre. The property itself is visually stunning. The owners Brian and Jeanie Linden have put in a tremendous effort to restore a traditional Bai compound / courtyard house to its original glory. They have put a lot of passion into their project,...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

I can still see your children dancing in the courtyards, working out with me in the exercise room, and playing pool with our staff! We truly miss them and you! You mentioned throughout your stay about how we have made this National Relic feel like a home. This may be our proudest accomplishment. China strictly protects buildings like the one...

London
Reviewed 25 April 2014

I stayed for 2 nights and would thoroughly recommend. The owners have gone to a great effort to renovate the property which is full of wonderful antiques. There are many activities available and the guide of the local village was very informative. I had my own car and guide and this was a waste as there was no need. The...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear about your cooking demo. We have since asked guests before the demo how deeply they want to be involved. Many of our guests want no more than to watch our renowned chef and understand how to prep and incorporate Yunnan's unique spices into their foods. (We include a trained bilingual travel/activities curator with each program...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We (family of four) stayed at the Linden Centre for two nights in April. The property itself has some charcter but this is where it ends, I'm afraid. First of all, there is a very limited menu and breakfast is only bread and jam with eggs. Also, dinner ENDS at 8pm! Secondly, it is not a place where you can...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

The Linden Centre is proud to be one of the most family-friendly hotels in China. We have three signs in our whole complex (nearly an acre footprint) that ask our guests to be as quiet as possible. This is because we have absolutely no 'white noise'- no cars, planes, factories. We are surrounded by rice fields and mountains. Our building...

Washington D.C.
Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

I spent a long weekend at the Linden Center visiting my daughter who spends 4 months in XiZhou. The Linden Center is bliss in a serene surrounding. Go there! Nothing better than to sit in the yard or terrace with a pot of tea. The compound is very beautifully renovated and run by the very friendly Linden family with a...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have tried so hard to create serenity within the walls of our old complex. In China, with its large and demanding domestic tourism market, serenity is illusive and thus is so often artificially contrived in theme park-style hotels and rebuilt 'ancient cities'. We are honored to be the protectors of some of Southwest China's...

Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

The Linden Centre is a fabulous hotel in the most perfect setting, surrounded by fields and mountains. We had a wonderfully relaxing couple of days here. The interior is beautifully restored, the service is excellent and the food is reasonably priced and high quality. They were really welcoming to our children and very keen to help plan activities. Worth being...

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

While the Linden Centre is located 10 miles north of Dali, we purposely selected the village of Xizhou for our projects because it is one of the only living villages in which one can still experience traditional Bai culture. Our location is our strength. Xizhou has over 110 protected buildings, all within 5-10 minute walk of our Centre. This is...

Fleet, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 April 2014

This hotel is situated in the small town of Xizhou down narrow streets and close to the market. The hotel has well appointed rooms, very comfortable and has a very peaceful feel about it. The good was good and there was also a small bar.

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The Linden Centre is a meticulously restored courtyard mansion in the pristine Yunnan village of Xizhou. Great care was taken to preserve the beautiful indigenous architecture of this nationally protected cultural relic, while up-scale modern conveniences including heating and air conditioning were added to ensure guests a comfortable and absolutely unique stay. In this elegant setting, connect with the local ethnic cultures that make this part of China so special. ... more   less 

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Address: No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Dali
Price Range: €130 - €180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Linden Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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“Because I was part of a tour, I looked at many, many rooms. They all had a special charm. Room 12 had views of the rice paddies.”
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“All the rooms are well done. the walls are very thin and you can hear your neighbors so highly recommend no young babies or kids.”
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