Activities & Programming
The activities we organize are essential for providing our guests ways to interact with local people, natural environment, and culture. Our expert staff offer assistance for a wide variety of tours and unique opportunities for cultural immersion. We strive to connect guests to the flow of village life, taking care to maintain a degree of flexibility and spontaneity. Our goal is to genuinely enrich the lives of our guests through community interaction, education, and localized, sustainable touring.
From making the dough to the filling, learn the art of Chinese dumpling making. Meat and veggy options.
Xizhou Baba Class
Replicate and reinvent a Xizhou delicacy with our kitchen staff. Make one sweet, one savory Baba.
Chinese Cooking Class
Learn how to cook one vegetarian and one meat dish Yunnan style with our local kitchen staff using local ingredients.
Three Course Tea
Taste three courses of tea, learn the hospitality of the Bai people, and their philosophy of the life cycle.
Xizhou Market Tour
A historical and cultural tour of Xizhou’s bustling market, a rice noodle factory, and a cheese maker’s home.
1.5 – 3 hours
Linden Centre Tour
Join us for a deeper look at our home. Learn about our values, history, renovation, and centuries old antiques.
Dali Walking Tour
Come for a history lesson about ancient Dali, stay for the breweries, cheesecake, and live music.
3 – 4 hours
Xizhou on a Horse Cart
Explore Xizhou at your own pace. Slowly meander through nearby villages and along Erhai lake’s shore.
Immerse yourself in the history of the Nanzhao Kingdom and hike through the temples of Weibaoshan.
Get hands on, learn to stitch and dye patterns of your choice from local fabric and indigo dye.
2 – 3 hours
Dongjing Music Lesson
Learn to play handmade Bai instruments. An interactive history lesson for music lovers and beginners.
An ancient tile game of skill, strategy, and luck. Easy and fun to learn, but takes a lifetime to master.
Write Chinese scripts ancient and modern, Daoism and Chinese culture lesson included.
Learn traditional and contemporary Chinese ink painting techniques with a local painter.
Xizhou Bike Tour
Explore nationally protected parks and wetlands, the shoreline of Erhai lake, and nearby villages’ temples.
Mosque & Temple Hike
Hike along the Cangshan mountains to a local Bai temple and mosque for a Dali religion crash course.
Cable Car & Cloud Path
Cable car up to the Cloud Path and hike 11.5 km to see the entire valley and waterfalls along the way.
Tea Plantation Hike
Hike up from an organic tea plantation behind the Three Pagodas up to the Cangshan Cloud Path.
Tea Plantation Tour
Experience the entire tea making process and culture from picking to roasting to steeping to sipping.
3 – 4 hours
Mind & Body
One part exercise, one
part philosophy, control
your breath and take
a class with Zooey.
An activity that needs no
translation. Enjoy a
Chinese massage on the
terrace or in your room.
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