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Linden Centre Education Facility Turns 1 Year Old (Yang Zhuoran)

Written on March 29, 2013 at 6:54 am, by

Earlier this month, YZR sparkled on its opening day with Dongjing Music fanfare. YZR’s Program Manager, Jiang Xiaotang shared her thanks with all the people who made the March 9th opening possible and her excitement for what would come next. Linden Centre General Manager, Frank He, thanked all who were a part of the YZR restoration, and shared the story of the process which he managed for over a year. Before officially unveiling the new building, Frank also spoke of Linden Centre’s road to date and the importance of YZR to the overall concept of the Centre.

Sibylla G – from Guest to Guru

Written on March 29, 2013 at 6:20 am, by

Sibylla Grottke is a travel enthusiast, artist, and teacher hailing from Berlin, Germany. Some of you may know her through the Linden Centre and some of you may know the Linden Centre because of her. With an interest in roads less traveled, Sibylla and her husband first explored Yunnan and Dali in 2007. It was here where she fell in love with the environment, but also caught wind of an interesting project that has kept her attention since.

A Traveling Journal

Written on March 27, 2013 at 7:44 am, by

In the fall of 2012, a creative Missouri school teacher gave an assignment to her 4th grade students to send out traveling journals. These are not journals about the children’s travels, but journals that travel. Meg, then 9 years old, started by sending her folder to her grandpa, Vince, and he sent it on to one of his friends, and on and on – that was the plan.

Testing new foods – the guinea pig reports

Written on March 18, 2013 at 9:13 am, by

As a consequence for a job well done cooking our Thanksgiving dinners, Evan was promoted to Food and Beverage Director at Linden Centre recently, and he is doing a terrific job. Two days ago, as I was climbing the steep steps of Chongsheng Temple in Dali, my phone rings. I answer, a bit out of breath at this high altitude. It’s Evan. “Sibylla, can you be my lab rat for lunch and dinner tomorrow?”, he asks. “Sure,” I laugh, “what’s up?” “I want to try out a few new dishes on you,” he says, “I’d like to revamp the menu a bit.”

Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources – Back in Xizhou

Written on March 14, 2013 at 5:58 am, by

After meaningful exchange focused on sustainability at Linden Centre last year with our first cohort, this year’s cohort looked further beyond the borders of the Centre and Xizhou to learn about sustainability in the Erhai Lake. This unique master’s program is made up of 20+ sustainability professionals from varying backgrounds including forestry, engineering, environmental conservation,Continue Reading

Hello, Snake

Written on February 19, 2013 at 8:49 am, by

Time flies when you’re having fun. Hard to believe that it is already my third time celebrating the Spring Festival in Xizhou – dancing with the dragon, feasting on new year’s day noodles, sharing 汤圆 (tang yuan), and taking in the village fireworks show on the terrace. This time has been easily the most enjoyable 春节 (chun1 jie2) with such a phenomenal group of guests to share in the start of the new (lunar) year. A few highlights…

Start Your Year of the Snake in Xizhou!

Written on February 1, 2013 at 6:50 am, by

With just over a week to go until the lunar new year is upon us, we’re excited to share a bit of what we have upcoming for welcoming the year of the Snake! A number of people are quite interested in how families in Xizhou celebrate the new year. Guests joining us at the Centre will have a chance to:

Trip Advisor 2013 Awards

Written on January 19, 2013 at 5:32 am, by

What it means for Linden Centre to be selected as a Top Luxury Hotel –

The Linden Centre was proud to be selected yesterday by TripAdvisor.com as one of China’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels and Top 25 Service Hotels. This is again such a great honor. I am particularly proud of the Service award because it reflects the strength of our Centre’s team.The Centre is made up of nearly 40 Chinese and Western colleagues. What attracts this talent to the small village of Xizhou is a passion for the culture, for preserving the stories of the past and our architectural heritage. Unlike other hotels on the list, we are made up of people who truly have made a sacrifice to be here…

Our 3rd Annual Christmas Celebration!

Written on January 6, 2013 at 1:31 am, by

These past few years, we all anxiously await Christmas at The Linden Centre – not for the receiving of gifts, but for our part to play as host of the Christmas Show. It is our gift to the people of Xizhou and a chance to share Western culture’s biggest holiday with the community…

Celebrate Christmas with The Linden Centre

Written on November 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm, by

The biggest musical hit from last year’s show, We Wish You a Merry Christmas. With two consecutive days of Christmas activities, this time around you won’t be coming to Dali just for the nature and mild weather. On the 24th Dali Old Town erupts into a massive fake snow fight (see Brian Linden’s account below),Continue Reading