Brian Linden is the developer of learning retreat/hotels in Nationally Protected Chinese Relics. He received his Ph.D from Stanford University, M.S from University of Illinois, B.S from Northeastern Illinois University, and A.A from Elgin Community College. He has spent over 25 years involved in education, business, and journalistic ventures throughout Asia. He began his career working for CBS, after which he received a fellowship from the US Defense Department to pursue a Masters in Asian Economics at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. Brian returned to China on a scholarship with the Hopkins-Nanjing program before enrolling in an Asian History doctoral program at Stanford University. Brian has traveled to every province in China and has spent over 200 nights on trains. He has worked and sojourned in over 75 countries, yet over the years, it has been Brian and his wife Jeanee’s passion for China’s history, traditions, and people that have kept drawing them back. A trip to Xizhou in 2006 brought them one step closer to realizing their dreams and in 2008 the Linden Centre became a reality – an elegant retreat where foreigners and Chinese alike could share their passion for intellectual exchange, authentic cultural immersion, and life-long learning.