The Linden Centre’s Wuxi Expansion
Dear Friends of the Linden Centre,
After four years of developing a new sustainable travel paradigm in China’s rural southwest, we have agreed to adapt this model and assist the Wuxi government in restoring two former silk trading enclaves in the urban wetlands along Lake Tai. The Linden Centre was targeted for this project and, after extended discussions and planning sessions both in Wuxi and Yunnan, has finalized a relationship that will allow us to implement a culturally-focused and environmentally-considerate retreat only 45 minutes by train from Shanghai.
The Wuxi project represents the next step in the Centre’s evolution. We have continually pursued a model that is based on cultural preservation and interaction and incorporates prescient ideas to address issues facing China’s future development. We will further explore these concepts in Wuxi by adapting a semi-urban heritage site into a platform for learning and cultural exchange similar to our Xizhou retreat.
While we remain closely tied to Yunnan and expect to grow throughout the province, the challenges posed by the Wuxi project are integral to the sustainable development of the travel industry in China. Our Xizhou Centre reflects a reverence for traditional Chinese culture, and our consistent commitment to preservation has garnered international and domestic recognition.
Wuxi has similar concerns about its future, and we feel honored to have been chosen by the government to undertake this important project. We are moving ahead with innovative plans that will enable all our guests to be incorporated into the lives of this beautiful city.
Our new Centre will have 40+ guest rooms, many designed as suites to take advantage of the individual 19th century row houses. Plans for the complex include a conference site that can accommodate 100 guests, three restaurants, a cafe/bar overlooking the wetlands, classrooms for our theme programming, galleries, a cooking school, coffee roaster and a music bar and performance stage in the old silk factory.
The guest rooms, which are situated on their own private island, are bordered by canals that flow into the wetlands and on to Lake Tai. The Centre will have kayak, walking tours and bicycle trips leaving from our dock that explore these wetlands. Beach volleyball and basketball courts are only a short walk or bike ride through the adjacent parks. We also have partnered with the 5-star Juna World Hotel, five minutes’ away by our Centre’s electric carts, to grant our guests access to their international caliber spa, fitness center and swimming pool complex.
All guests can be assured that the same style of family service that has made our Yunnan Centre so successful will form the foundation of our new Wuxi Centre. The new site will have ample common space, including a library, kid’s room and meditation area, and will continue the focus on cultural learning that has been so popular in Yunnan. Future programs will include retreats on photography, writing, painting, cooking, traditional Chinese medicine, antiques, and environmental issues, as well as weekend art fairs and exhibitions to explore these subjects.
Some of you may have more questions about this Wuxi project. We’ve included a brief FAQ and an introductory video to Xuntang here.
Our whole Linden Centre family looks forward to seeing you in Wuxi soon!
Brian and Jeanee Linden