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A Warm Invitation from The Linden Centre
It’s Time to Give Thanks and Come Together
As we round out another wonderful year and look forward to challenges and opportunities the future holds. We would like to take a moment and express our deep gratitude for everyone in our lives who has contributed to our happiness and prosperity. We are thankful for new and old friends who continually support the Linden Centre, our Xizhou neighbors who have helped make this village our home, and for China where we daily live out our dreams.
This year we invite any and all families to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving feast and relaxing weekend getaway. At the Linden Centre we strive to connect our guests with our local community and bridge gaps of understanding between far flung cultures. Cultural exchange, however, goes both ways. We always look forward to sharing our family based American traditions and holiday cooking with our local staff and international guests each November for a memorably atypical Thanksgiving.
2016 RMB for Three Nights
Our holiday rate for Thanksgiving weekend only is 2016 RMB per standard room for a three night stay. Rate includes complimentary breakfast every morning, bicycle rentals, a tour of the Linden Centre, a guided walking tour of Xizhou and the morning market, and a welcome drink upon arrival.
120 RMB Thanksgiving Banquet
Our Thanksgiving banquet will be served buffet style in our dining room on Thursday evening. 120 RMB per adult, 60 RMB per child 6 – 13 years old, and children 5 or younger eat for free!
Please scroll below for a preview of our banquet’s menu!
Thanksgiving Banquet Menu
Sweet Potato casserole
Garden Salad with Lettuce, Carrots, Cranberries, Roasted Walnuts, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette Dressing
Homemade Buns with Butter
Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
We look forward to welcoming you! For all reservations and inquiries please contact us via email or phone.
A Photojourney in Yunnan with Douglas Beasley
March 15 – 28, 2017
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
South of the Clouds, there lies a region hidden in the southeast vestiges of the Himalayas, where snow covered mountains tower over 8,000 foot verdant plains, and where whispers from the heavens lead visitors to majestic vistas and timeless villages filled with sun-etched smiling faces and indigo-tinged caresses.
South of the Clouds, memories are created, both spiritually and through the viewfinder of a camera. Shrouded paths, previously reserved for caravans carrying tea and spices to the Silk Road, lead to unveiled providence, where every experience becomes a form of exploration and achievement.
South of the Clouds has always been known as Yunnan- a fabled land of breath-taking scenery, saffron-clad Buddhist monks, exotic ethnic cultures, and year-round Spring. This region has been the cultural battle ground between Hindu beliefs from the west and the Khmer south, Confucian conventions from the northeast, Tibetan, Thai and Burmese Buddhist teachings from the north and southwest. All of these cultures have left a lasting impression on the local people and their unique iconography. Yunnan is a paradise just waiting for Adams’s someone to come click the shutter.
Doug Beasley, an accomplished photographer with 25 years of professional experience, will lead and mentor this workshop. As founder and director of Vision Quest workshops, Beasley provides photography workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision. For more information, please visit www.douglasbeasley.com.
Join us in a unique opportunity to bring your photography to the next level. Whether you are considering becoming a professional photographer or interested in how to take better travel photographs, this workshop can help you achieve your goals. We will spend days photographing in exotic locations, as well as engage in group critiques, portfolio reviews and presentations.
What – 13 day cultural excursion and photography tour in Yunnan, China. Includes a range of culturally interactive activities, hikes through forests and temple complexes, informative history and religious lectures, and professional photography workshops for enthusiasts of any skill level.
When – March 15 – 28, 2017
Who – The traveler who hopes to experience many different cultural challenges and capture those differences through photos. Anyone who wishes to explore the romanticism and spirituality of the ‘true’ China.
Cost – $4,995 Includes all domestic and international airfare expenses, medical evacuation insurance, accommodations, most meals, activities, and cultural services. Trip insurance is recommended and will be offered for purchase separately.
Group Size – While the Linden Centre can comfortably accommodate 30 people, this group is limited to 16 to ensure that all guests can receive personal attention from the Centre’s teachers and staff. Many workshops will be hands-on, thus the lower number of guests will ensure ample participation. To ensure that all can stay within the Centre, we highly encourage double occupancy with a loved one, friend, or colleague, but can assist in finding you an appropriate roommate. Requesting a single room for the duration of the trip is $600 and subject to availability. Our minimum group size is 10 people; we reserve the right to cancel any tour if the minimum size is not met. All rooms are non-smoking.
*All guests should be fit to travel at altitudes of 11,000 feet and should be able to walk at least 3 miles a day on uneven ground.
Not included – Guests are responsible for obtaining their own Chinese visa, costs related to alcohol, beverages not included in regular meals, laundry, personal items, souvenirs, and long distance telephone calls. Airfare to and from Los Angeles, trip interruption and cancellation insurance is not included but highly recommended.
for more information about The Photography Tour with Doug Beasley and a full itinerary detailing activities and the tour’s day-to-day schedule.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
– Ansel Adams