Chongsheng Temple in Dali, China
The Linden Centre, Dali
- Market-fresh produce in restaurant menu
- Free bike hire
- Range of local culture experiences
If you are looking to stay in one of the most special hotels in China – or in fact, the world – The Linden Centre should be at the top of your list. This beautifully restored courtyard mansion showcases the best of ethnic Chinese cultures, at the same time welcoming guests into a world of modern luxury. Situated in the stunning rural village of Xizhou, Yunnan Province, The Linden Centre is the perfect place for curious travellers who want to learn about this unique part of the world.
The Linden Centre has an arsenal of awards to its name. Ranked the number 2 hotel in China, it won Traveler’s Choice Awards from 2011 to 2015, a Global Vision Award, Sustainable Tourism Award, and is also considered the top heritage hotel in China. The hotel’s dedication to sustainability and historic conservation has gained it international recognition.
When you arrive at the hotel, the reason for its success will be clear. Stunning Bai vernacular architecture has been meticulously preserved with four courtyards featuring original stone and wood styles, blissful ponds, luscious flowers and greenery, all complemented by hand-selected examples of indigenous art. This characterful vintage building has been used for many fascinating purposes since it was built in 1947, from a kindergarten and a hospital to a military barracks.
Inside, however, all of the modern amenities, from heating and air conditioning to the more luxurious touches such as the serene terrace, state-of-the-art gym and a library that houses the most extensive collection of English-language books in Xizhou. Each suite offers a private bathroom, hairdryer, bathrobes and electric kettles. To be inspired each morning, upgrade to a family suite, with views over traditional rice paddies and private balconies overlooking the tearoom courtyard.
The nationally protected Linden Centre offers plenty to excite every guest both in-house and in the incredible community of Dali. Children and big kids alike will enjoy the games rooms with ping pong, pool and billiards, whereas curious types will love hiring one of the hotel’s free bikes to explore the mountains of Xizhou. Visit the tour desk to organise a range of authentic experiences from local cooking classes to guided tours of the town and surrounding area.
Round off an action-packed day of discovery with a visit to the hotel restaurant to indulge in some delicious food and refreshing beverages. Traditional local dishes with a seasonal spin are crafted using fresh ingredients sourced from Xizhou’s daily morning market.
Not only is The Linden Centre itself a hub for cultural sharing, it is also the perfect place to find excellent activities and excursions. Book to enjoy local speciality cooking classes, horse and cart tours, Xizhou market tours, Zhoucheng tie-dye workshops, Mahjong classes, tea plantation hiking and so much more to immerse yourself in the grandeur of Chinese society.