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

Written on July 24, 2014 at 430 am, by

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

Written on July 24, 2014 at 1214 am, by

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

The Torch Festival is Coming!

Written on June 29, 2014 at 832 pm, by

Experience Yunnan’s Brightest Nights:          The Torch Festival is Coming!                        …….. The Linden Centre invites you to be a part of one of Yunnan’s most colorful festivals. On July 20-22, our neighbors- the ethnic Bai and Yi- wrap long poles withContinue Reading

The Linden Centre is celebrating its Sixth Anniversary!

Written on May 20, 2014 at 700 pm, by

The Linden Centre is celebrating its Sixth Anniversary!  To help express our gratitude to all of you who have helped make these first five years so successful, we are offering a summer special: Stay two nights at our regular rate and enjoy a third night at 66RMB. During your stay, we will take you to ourContinue Reading

Farewell to Sidwell Friends Group

Written on May 20, 2014 at 650 pm, by

Linden Centre’s Education Annex Says Farewell to Sidwell Friends Group After a semester of study on our Xizhou Education Annex, the first group of Sidwell students left Yunnan this past weekend.  Their innovative, annual program, one of the first of its kind in rural China, gave high school juniors and seniors a chance to completeContinue Reading

One of China’s Top Hotels with Exceptional Service

Written on May 20, 2014 at 442 pm, by

Tripadvisor informed us last week that we were once again chosen as one of China’s Top Hotels with Exceptional Service (number 11 out of 105,000 hotels).   We are humbled to be included alongside such important industry leaders.   We are most proud of our local staff, many of whom still work as farmers during their time away from the Centre.Continue Reading

Testing to trace heritage of Bai ethnic people

Written on May 19, 2014 at 649 pm, by

Linden Centre and Shanghai American School host leadingChinese DNA Scholar- Testing to trace heritage of Bai ethnic people Shanghai American School teachers, Craig Taefel and Mai Haisam, and Fudan University’s Professor Yan recently completed the first round of testing to help trace the origins of our local villagers. This project, which is being supported inContinue Reading

Free Baby-sitting and Wine-tasting Daily!

Written on May 19, 2014 at 1232 pm, by

To further enhance our award-winning services, we are now offering free baby-sitting and wine-tasting (from 5:00-7:00 pm). The baby-sitting can include Chinese and calligraphy lessons, story-telling, games and puzzles, and other fun activities. During this time, parents can participate in our illuminative Linden Centre tour followed by a tasting of local Yunnan wines on ourContinue Reading

Spring already blooming in Xizhou

Written on January 2, 2014 at 1104 am, by

Escape the gloom and cold of winter at a special rate. Throughout February and March, stay three nights and get the fourth free. Yunnan’s warmth and sunshine come free of charge! Offered on a space available basis.

Spring Special Packages

Written on December 2, 2013 at 1253 pm, by

Join us for Chinese New Year 2014 for an excellent opportunity to catch the year’s biggest holiday in one of the most diverse and festive areas of China. We are offering three, four and five night packages, all at special rates, including meals, accommodation and a wide variety of activities.