The Linden Centre, a cultural retreat in China's Himalayan foothills, has been selected as the Top Heritage Hotel in China by CNNGo.com. The Centre, which was founded in 2008 by an American couple, Brian and Jeanee Linden, is one of the first nationally protected complexes in China to be developed into a base for cultural immersion and learning programs. The preservation work for the multi-courtyard complex was all done with local villagers and took over one year to complete with an average of 80 to 100 artisans on-site each day.
"We set out to establish an elegant and historical base in a functioning and pristine village. Our complex, one of China's largest, serves as a platform for learning and spontaneous interaction with Yunnan's rural communities," said Brian Linden. "Our guests' willingness to join in on structured volunteer projects and cultural activities with locals ensures that both sides are gaining from our presence among our hosts." For more information, visit www.linden-centre.com.