Located in the small town of Xizhou in southwest China’s beautiful Yunnan province, the Linden Centre has been promoting a different kind of tourism that highlights the culture and traditions of the Bai people who inhabit Xizhou and neighboring Dali.
The Centre is a renovated traditional Bai courtyard home that has excellent views of the surrounding rice paddies, as well as the stunning Cangshan Mountains plus scenic and expansive Erhai Lake. Upon stepping into the Centre, it becomes clear why the Chinese government made it a protected heritage site.
Over the last year and a half, the Centre has introduced hundreds of guests to aspects of Bai and Chinese culture that they would have missed out on elsewhere – and they have been recognized for doing so. It has received rave reviews on TripAdvisor and was voted best boutique inn in China on the popular Chinese portal Sina.com.
The Linden Centre was a natural choice for inclusion in our recently launched network of boutique hotels, the WildChina Collection.
Photo credit: Linden Centre
To learn more about the Linden Centre and its vision, check out our recent interview with its founder, Brian Linden.