Testimonials & Awards

Since our opening in 2007, the Linden Centre has continued to be recognized for its high quality operations in education, sustainable business, cultural exchange, and hospitality. Our awards have come from guests, program participants, and media sources alike. We are proud of our reputation and strive to continue to provide the quality of service we have become known for.


  • Tripadvisor – Top Boutique Hotel in China 2015
  • Tripadvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award 2011-2015
  • CNNGo – China’s Top Heritage Hotel, 2011
  • Voyager – China Sustainable Tourism Award 2010-2011
  • Travel and Leisure – Global Vision Award 2010
  • Sina.com & Tourism Channel – The most unique Inn, 2009-2010
  • Xinzhoukan Magazine – Most Creative Hotel in SW China, 2009


Online Guest Testimonials:

“The staff, led by exceptionally gracious and attentive hosts/owners Jeanne and Brian Linden, cares about what happens in this part of China. “Sustainability and Eco-sensitive tourism” are more than just words.”
-Janice H, reviewed Nov 15, 2015. Trip Advisor.

“The hotel grounds and rooms are uniquely lovely, the surrounding town is authentic, the guides and owners are engaging, the food is delicious. We felt very cared-for.”
-Catherine, reviewed Mar 8, 2015. Booking.com.

“The Linden Centre is one of the most special hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Near enough to Dali old town to be able to tour but far away from the touristy spirit. The Linden Centre tries to preserve and support the traditional culture of the local people. I had lovely English speaking tour guides take me into the market to see cheese and noodle making. We also took a spectacular hike into the nearby mountains. Just gorgeous!”
-Jessica B, reviewed Nov 29, 2014. Agoda.

“The hotel is very atmospheric. There is a lovely deck which you can sit on to have a drink and look over green rice fields. The Linden Center has a fantastic library of books on various subjects related to China. The staff speak excellent English and are very helpful.”
-Jane W, Oct 19, 2010. Agoda.

“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.”
-Josh F, reviewed May 11, 2009. Trip Advisor.

Testimonials 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:

“It is a very casual and yet sophisticated lodging and cultural venue for travelers from all over the world to enjoy, share, and learn. Brian and Jeanee, and their highly professional and gracious staff, advised, directed, and escorted us to unique markets and shops providing the best of Chinese craftsmanship in tie-dye, jewelry, antiques, etc. Also, using the Linden Centre as our base to explore the Yunnan Province, we visited historical and religious sites such as monasteries, mosques, and other wonderful cultural locations. If you wish to explore and learn about Chinese history and today’s culture in the Yunnan Province, we highly recommend the Linden Centre for your stay!”
-Karl W, Spirit of Travel, 2015.

“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

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