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About: The Linden Centre

The Linden Centre is an American-owned, award-winning Dali hotel offering the intrepid traveler a true immersion into authentic China. Guests reside in an expansive and elegant courtyard home in Xizhou, a pristine village in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The facility is a nationally protected heritage site that has been restored to its former dynastic elegance. In the foothills of the Himalayas, guests enjoy a year-round spring climate and direct access to rich, undisturbed cultures in a true melting pot of the region.

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Linden Center finalist for US Secretary of State’s 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence

We are proud to have been one of the nine finalists for the prestigious Award for Corporate Excellence. The ACE was first started in 1999 to commend US-owned businesses that play pivotal roles around the world as good corporate citizens.  We were chosen by an interagency committee among nominations submitted by US ambassadors around theContinue Reading

China’s Culture in an Era of Mass Tourism——Brian

Brian recently delivered the following speech (in Chinese) to the Dali government.  He will be speaking in Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu and Beijing in early November. (dates to be announced)   “China’s Culture in an Era of Mass Tourism” Thirty years ago this December, I left my Beijing university dorm and hopped a train headed forContinue Reading

How to spend it _Yunnan —— Financial Times Germany

Click here to read original Psst,die Schwarzen Stumpfnasen schlafen noch! Nichts rührt sich in den Bäumen, die wie furchige Riesen in den Himmel ragen. Die Luft ist dünn auf 3000 Metern, da braucht man seine Mittagsruhe. Der Wildhüter zeigt auf die Krone einer Kiefer. Ein Rascheln? Stille. Das Fernglas ist scharf gestellt. Dann raschelt esContinue Reading

INSPIRED AT THE CENTRE: Read latest poems by our guest David Sullivan

Man Eats Head                                                —for Stirling Adam When a donation Stirling slipped into the locked metal box before Guanyin’s garishly painted statue started up the trumpet player’s keening, we were instructed in how to bow and do reverance to gods we did not understand. And though the heavens did not open, Bai hospitality did, and we were escorted to theContinue Reading

Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers —for Kif Augustine, written at the Linden Center At the Bai family wedding puffed kernals of rice floated to the top of the glass of rice wine we were handed, bobbed against our lips when we drank. The groom’s retinue of pink-balloon-festooned cars weaved through the cobbled streets prepared to answer absurd questions:Continue Reading

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