Our Vision

We look forward to welcoming you to our Dali home, and want to thank you for helping to make our dreams a reality. We met in Nanjing in 1984, and have been returning to China frequently ever since to bask in the stunning historical sites and culturally rich environments throughout the country. It has always been our dream to create a business that appreciates, helps to preserve, and connect friends and guests to the beauty of China. The success of the Linden Gallery, our East Asian antique gallery in Door County, Wisconsin, only reinforced our aspirations for undertaking this ambitious project, and it is guests like you who make the Linden Centre a possibility.

In preparation for your visit, we would like to clearly describe the ethos and mission of our hotels. It is important that you understand that our Dali hotels represent new models of travel in China with a focus on cultural sustainability and heritage preservation. We have chosen Dali because of its distance from the commercial centers of China. Dali, and more specifically the small village of Xizhou in Yunnan Province have escaped the destruction and commercialization that currently epitomizes the tourist experience throughout most of China.

Our Yunnan hotels are all based in nationally protected structures, among the very few open to overnight guests in China. While we have incorporated many of the comforts of an exclusive hotel, we have not sacrificed historical accuracy and atmosphere to only inject luxury. The Linden Centre’s goal is to serve as rural havens for deeper interaction with the Dali community and structured explorations of China’s past.

When you stay at The Linden Centre, you are purchasing more than a hotel room. Our heritage sites, with their carefully restored common areas including libraries, children’s playrooms, conference facilities, tea rooms and fitness centers) are as much your home as it is ours. We have purposely not placed televisions in the hotel rooms to promote interaction and learning, nor do we allow smoking in our hotels in order to protect our nationally protected heritage structures. The goal is to encourage guests to interact with our family, our knowledgeable staff and with our town’s gregarious and curious villagers over activities such as calligraphy, tea and wine tasting, ceramics, photography and painting workshops, culinary classes, hiking, architecture tours, and traditional crafts. Thus, your time with us at the Centre is not simply a hotel stay, but rather a passage into an intellectually stimulating and visually stunning exploration of traditional China.

In many ways, our hotels are living museums. Our restoration efforts have breathed life back into neglected heritage sites, giving these tangible cultural monuments dignified existences that are commensurate with their original architectural grandeur. Yet it is you, our guests, who come from all corners of the globe, who inject life and soul into our hotels. We thrive on your curiosity and spirit of adventure. Because of you, iconic Yunnan architectural gems are alive and celebrated. Thank you for being our guest.

During your stay, please remember that:

1. No smoking is allowed in our Dali hotels,
2. Televisions are not found in any the guests rooms (we do have a big screen television with DVDs and cable television in our common rooms and wireless throughout our hotels)

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Brian and Jeanee Linden

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