Courtesy of The Linden Centre
May 07, 2010

Inspired by years of collecting antiques and contemporary artwork in China, Wisconsin residents Brian and Jeanee Linden moved directly to the source and opened the Linden Centre in the southern province of Yunnan. Using a restored inn as a base, they’ve created a series of programs to introduce travelers to the region’s art, architecture, culture, and food. Our favorite trips to Yunnan this year: A Family Dream, South of the Clouds (summer 2010), a hands-on exploration of the area’s weaving, calligraphy, and wood-carving traditions, and the Photojourney to Yunnan (October 20–November 2), which takes guests through Lijiang and Shangri-La’s scenic rural landscapes with acclaimed photographer Alison Wright. Intensive programs from $4,300, including airfare, meals, and hotel stay.

Linden Centre

Inspired by years of collecting antiques and contemporary artwork in China, Wisconsin residents Brian and Jeanee Linden moved directly to the source and opened the Linden Centre in the southern province of Yunnan. Using a restored inn as a base, they’ve created a series of programs to introduce travelers to the region’s art, architecture, culture, and food. Guests at the restored historic mansion can participate in 10-day to three-week-long painting, writing, and culinary-arts programs, attend a local wedding, or even help carry sedan chairs during a temple celebration. The Linden Centre has helped persuade skeptical officials of the importance of preserving the heritage of China's rural areas, and the owners are now adapting their model for two more historic buildings in Yunnan.

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