Brian and Jeanee Linden

The Linden Centre, also known as Xi Lin Yuan, is the creation of Brian and Jeanee Linden. The Lindens have over two decades of travel, business, and networking experience throughout Asia. They have been coming to China since the early 1980s, first as students, then as executives and consultants, and later as partners in their fine art and antique galleries in the US.

Their dream has always been to create an avenue dedicated to learning, sharing, and exploring the culture and history of China. Yunnan Province was a natural choice for such a project, with its staggering ethnic diversity and rich cultural fabric. Xi Lin Yuan, located in the village of Xizhou in the Southwest Province of Yunnan, is a result of these dreams.

The Lindens’ vision was not realized easily. It took over four years to gain unprecedented access to one of China’s most heralded examples of regional architecture. Years were spent reviewing architectural drawings for the renovation of the complex, conferring with China’s cultural and preservation ministries, and most importantly developing trust and solidarity with the local people. The result is a graceful immersion into China’s dynamic essence.

Restoration was completed in the spring of 2008. Our inaugural guests were a group of over 30 American painters who lived at the Centre for almost three weeks while delving into the artistic traditions of the region in a very hands-on way.

The Linden Centre is dedicated to:

  • Preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of Asia’s timeless villages
  • Creating and inspiring experiential learning opportunities
  • Developing partnerships to build innovative, cultural programming
  • Providing an elegant and unprecedented environment for our guests