The well-known Linden Centre is as special as its American founder-owners intended it to be. The staff are uniformly welcoming, charming and competent. The old building is architecturally authentic, and the library is a true library with hundred of books of all kinds, especially those on China and Yunnan. If you're lucky, you'll have "Max" (the staff choose their own western names) do the 9:30 AM walking tour of the town of Xizhou (ours lasted close to 3 hours). The room soundproofing could be better, and the restaurant does not seem to understand that a couple might like to have their dishes delivered at the same time (the time between my wife's meal and mine was 10 minutes), but still a great choice.