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Summer Wrap Up: Festivals

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August 30, 2019

This summer we’ve had a busy season packed with education programs, culinary tours, awesome speakers, and guests like you! Here’s an overview of what we’ve been up to here at the Centre over the past few months. This post is part 2 of our Summer Wrap-Up series, with a…


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History Travel

Brian Linden on The Art of Travel

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November 21, 2018

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal”
–Paulo Coelho
Travel should be inspirational; it should challenge one’s beliefs and make one modest upon realizing how different the world is outside one’s own cultural milieu. Our hotels were established to foster intellectual exploration and curiosity. We do this…


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Daily Life History Sustainability

The Passing of Time in Rice Terms

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October 26, 2018

The Linden Centre is cradled in a golden sea of Oryza sativa. 150 days ago, seedling by seedling, this rice was planted at the start of our rainy season and now proudly prevails throughout the Dali valley. The passing of time, so evident to all of us while watching a…


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Business Development History Travel U.S.-China Relations

Where is China? A View from the “stans”

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September 11, 2018

10,000 miles. Dali to Kunming to Chongqing to Xian to Xining to Hami to Urumqi to Yili… five days of changing trains and hopping buses to arrive at the Kazak border. Only to be repeated in reverse order two weeks later!

My youngest son, Bryce, was in Almaty…


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Architecture History Travel

Bao Chengfu: A Quiet Haven Amidst a Bustling Town

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June 6, 2018

“Mr. Yan, the goods we shipped to Hong Kong have all arrived without a hitch, please rest assured. Per your orders, we have prepared the accommodations for our guests today.

Our front door is wide open, the lobby in our courtyard is ready, the fountain in the parking area has…


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The Linden Centre: A Tour Through Yang Pin Xiang’s Home

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May 30, 2018

The Linden Centre: Yang Pin Xiang overlooking the rice fields. 

The Linden Centre Yang Pin Xiang historical residence was originally owned by Mr. Yang Pinxiang, a member of the 8 “middle-tier” wealthy families of Xizhou. In 2001, the courtyard was selected as a Nationally Protected Heritage Site. Since then, after…

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