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Restoration: Rebuilding our Rustic Roof

Written on November 24, 2012 at 10:25 am, by

The roof of the first courtyard is to be removed and replaced, tile by tile, rafter by rafter As the Yang family compound is pushing 70 years old, and as things tend to fall apart, wooden structures especially so, we will be closing down for annual renovations from November 29 to December 13. The biggestContinue Reading

Christine and Honey

Written on November 18, 2012 at 2:52 am, by

I grew up extremely afraid of bees, and being stung. And it wasn’t until age 28 when my childhood fear first became a reality. (Full disclosure: I’m still a little bit afraid.) Christine grew up in an English household where her father kept bees, and who has fond memories of being stung due to inadvertentlyContinue Reading

Ross and Terroir

Written on November 12, 2012 at 3:01 am, by

I’m pretty obsessed with Brown, i.e. the University in Providence, RI. And when someone from my school who happens to make it to this little corner of Yunnan, well, it’s pretty exciting. Ross works for a pretty interesting marketing/pr company that forces sabbaticals upon its employees. Every three years they are required to come upContinue Reading

Mid-Autumn Festival: A Love Story

Written on October 30, 2012 at 7:00 am, by

As with some of the best stories passed down through the ages, each person has their own slight variations. Shangguan Weina, one of our Travel Curators with a particular flair for this celebration, offers herstory behind the meaning of this holiday of harvest, the moon, and family. What would any classic story be without a Lord of the Heavens, a crew of misfit children, a great archer, and a love affair for the ages?

Xizhou through Eighth-Grade Eyes

Written on May 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm, by

I often think of 8th grade as the most difficult year of my life. Perhaps it was moving to a new school. Perhaps it was being a shy and quiet kid surrounded by lots of other kids much louder than I. Perhaps it was moving from a public school to a private school. Perhaps IContinue Reading

Angel Hsu on Driving (Environmental) Data Home

Written on March 27, 2012 at 11:59 am, by

We recently had a group of culinary enthusiasts visit the Linden Centre from the U.S. to learn and experience the fare and flair of Yunnan. Of course, a discussion of local ingredients and agriculture goes hand in hand with China’s environment. So when we caught wind that U.S.-based environmental expert Angel Hsu ( was passingContinue Reading

A Laowai at Renli Yi

Written on March 11, 2012 at 7:38 am, by

As a relative newcomer to Xizhou, it was tough for me to imagine the holiday Renli Yi when my coworkers described it to me. I absorbed the point of the festival easily enough: many villages near Dali have their own set of local heroes that they worship for good luck. Renli Yi is one ofContinue Reading

Asia Society Historical Restoration in Hong Kong

Written on February 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm, by

Just about two weeks ago, the Asia Society celebrated the grand opening of its new Hong Kong center, its first cultural and exhibition facilities of its own in Asia. This special complex is made up of new and restored British military colonial buildings, and has been in the works for over a decade. We wereContinue Reading

Spring Festival at The Linden Centre

Written on January 30, 2012 at 3:00 am, by

A Story About “Nian”: Long ago, the world was not a safe place; monsters dominated the world. There was one horrifying monster that came out on the same day each year to eat people. This monster was named Nian, and the people marked the end of a year by his visits to the human civilization.Continue Reading

Special Guided Tours of the Linden Centre for Spring Festival

Written on January 21, 2012 at 4:57 am, by

Come to the Linden Centre on January 26th for an exclusive and behind the scenes look at one of China most unique hotels, rich in history. Guests who register in advance through Weibo will enjoy a 50% discount off of our special once a year guided tour. This guided tour will take you throughout the complex’sContinue Reading