Testimonials & Awards


  • Travel and Leisure’s Global Vision Award 2010
  • Voted Best Boutique Inn 2009-2010 by Sina.com Travel Network
  • Voyager Magazine’s China Sustainable Tourism Award 2010-2011
  • Most Creative Hotel in SW China by Xinzhoukan magazine 2009
  • #1 Reviewed Hotel in China on TripAdvisor.com

Online Reviews:

“I’ve seen the Linden Centre transform from a massive construction project to a beautiful, fully restored historic mansion, and I can say it’s probably the nicest place I’ve ever stayed in China.”

“This is an extraordinary place. A lovely village, a magnificent Bai courtyard house beautifully restored, a superb library of books on Chinese and minority culture and history, the best hosts imaginable.”

“All the other guests’ praises on TripAdviser were true. Imagine you were invited to an old friend’s home in an exquisitely renovated mansion in China. Linden Centre is a rare piece of jewel! It is luxurious, quiet, authentic, small, with great service and great food.”

The Linden Centre in Dali has over 100 reviews

In Published Media:

“The Linden Centre is leading a new movement toward a new lifestyle in China. ” – The Economic Observer, Beijing
“The Lindens are keepers of Bai traditional Architecture.” – Spring City News, Yunnan

“In China, young people are fleeing to the cities, leaving behind empty cities filled with timeless architecture. Xizhou’s celebrated architectural legacy will survive forever thanks to the Lindens’ efforts.” – Chinese Central Television 10

“The Linden Centre is an extraordinary combination of comfort, culture and stimulation. I very much admire the care and attention to exquisite detail that has gone into the restoration of a national historic treasure and the development of a site for creative work.”- James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly

“I have just come back from a visit to the Linden Centre and all I can say is WOW!  I am seriously impressed.  Without a doubt one of my top three new finds in the entire trip this year! I really want to compliment you on your excellent taste and also the level of attention that you have paid to the details.  Small things like electric extensions in the rooms really show how much thought you have put into the needs of your guests.  Your library surpasses most of the public libraries that I visit and the rear gardens were an absolute inspiration.”

– Chris Winnan, China Travel Specialist

From Program Participants:

“Your endeavor is not only impressive, it also conveys your deep commitment to China. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse.”

“The charm of the old times has been combined with the comforts of modern convenience, like Western style elegant bathrooms and wireless broadband. We loved the spacious guest rooms, the beautiful and peaceful courtyards, the sun deck with the view over the mountains and the wheat fields and rice paddies. The deck is a magic place to relax with a glass of wine in the evening. We had the bonus of a full moon which nicely silhouetted the mountains – an amazing setting!

There is a lot to do in and around Linden Centre. We visited the market in Xizhou with the chef and later watched him prepare our lunch from the local fresh ingredients – and he makes delicious food! We walked through the fields surrounding Linden Centre to the lake, with Brian Linden as our guide. He gave us the history and the tales about culture, folklore, art and antiques of the area. He also guided us through an antique market, telling us how to tell the real thing from the fakes. We spent an enjoyable day in old town Dali with the Linden family and all their guests, wandering through the narrow cobblestone lanes, snacking on the local food and in the cafés and bars where we had a relaxing rest.” – Sibylla Grottke, German Guest from Shanghai

“Xizhou is an authentic old town. There are a lot of beautiful places in China but so many are artificial and lacking in spirit. Xizhou has kept its old customs and architecture. We spent an unforgettable Chinese New Year with the Lindens as our hosts.” – Peng Xiancheng, Professional Artist from China