Throughout the past few years, we have dropped hints about the opening of our first site outside of Yunnan. Choosing the location for this site was extremely difficult. We looked at over two dozen historic districts throughout China before agreeing to take on the Rong Chun Tang Mansion in the beautiful old town of Dongshan, 30 minutes south of Suzhou and less than 90 minutes by car from Shanghai.
Our new site, a grand Ming-Qing Dynasty complex, four times the size of our first site in Xizhou, has taken over three years to restore. The complex will have 20 plus upscale boutique hotel rooms, restaurants, a cooking school, gallery space, library, and a dedicated section for education with classrooms and creative dorm spaces that can house 30-40 students.
Dongshan is nestled on a peninsula that juts into Lake Tai- China’s third largest lake. The peninsula’s hills are covered with ancient temples, tea plantations and fruit orchards. Quiet roads, perfect for hiking and biking, line the shores and climb into the verdant valleys. Our new site will offer serenity, beauty, and timeless elegance. And, of course, it will provide the same service and education content that have made our Yunnan sites so renowned. Come be among the first to stay with us. We hope to open before the end of 2020.
– The Linden Centre Newsletter