Handicraft, cuisine, Taoism, the authentic Taiwanese culture.. All within a walking distance in the oldest part of town! The room is not special but the neighborhood is awesome!
Let's not waste your time: If you are looking for a cheap hotel, or you think air conditioning is a basic comfort please find another place.
If you want to meet people and are ok with living in someone's house, please read my references, especially the bad one. I don't want another guest coming without reading this listing's description..
The place is a very typical Taiwanese house, thin and high with 3 floors and tiny rooms. It is located in the most ancient part of town, where the history of modern Taiwan began.The top floor is for guests with 2 small rooms, a small bathroom/toilets and a micro balcony. One room has a double bed. and the other can have a tatami plus mattress if needed. The house has just been renewed. Not only the location is fantastic with everything around but the nice alley were the house is has no traffic which is a very precious thing in this country!
Please note : the shower is two floors downstairs and shared with me. There is no air conditioning (but we can talk about climate change), in summer the room can get quite hot (there is a fan), in winter the room can be fresh (there is a lot of blankets).
Before each guest, I clean the floor and the bathroom/toilets and I put fresh sheets on the bed. One guest still found the place dirty, so please if you have specific cleanliness needs contact me in advance.
The guest floor is only for you. There will not be other guests at the same time. You can access everything except my room.
Interaction with Guests
I can help you to plan your visit of the city or tell you about local history. I'm happy to hang out or take you for food if I have the occasion.
Traditions are still alive here and within a few days you are very likely to see a religious ceremony with parades in my street (3 of my neighbors are temples). Those parades include in no particular order: giant gods dancing to techno music, firecrackers, folklore heroes, dragons, lion dance, pole dancers, traditional instrument bands, fruit art, movies, puppet theater and much more!
Every parade makes generous use of fireworks sometimes early in the morning. If you are here to see a parade it's great as you know when to wake up! When there's no parade the room is very quiet.
Unless it says otherwise, all the pictures I'm posting here were taken by me less than one block away from the house..
The house is in the heart of the popular food action! There's too many restaurants to choose from just around the block. But the configuration also transforms three times a day as some places are open only on mornings, others operate during the day and then you have the ones specialized for dinners and even the night restaurants if you feel hungry at 4am..
The oldest market of the city is also here and it's a must see.
Calligraphy, wood carving, traditional painting, god sculpting.. There's a master of traditional handicraft every corner in the neighborhood! The locals call them 'National treasures'. We're also right near the art street and there's a lot of art galleries and cute hidden coffee shops too.
So much to do just walking from the house!
I have a bicycle I can lend if you ask me in advance.
From the train station to my house it's 2km. You can walk (30min), take the bus (30min) or taxi (100NT$, 10min).
Buses to other sights (Anping, salt marshes, beach..) are passing by the house.
You can rent bikes or scooters when you arrive at the train station.
3 rules common in the country:
No smoking please even on the balcony.
Take your shoes off, there's slippers for you.
Close the outside door quickly or the mosquitoes will invade the house.
Loved the time there. Nans is a great host with vast knowledge all around the local places and traditions. Being there one easily feel like at home. It's a very basic place in the heart of tainan. Perfect for people who want to go out and experience the incridible amount of good food and beautiful temples!
My stay at Nian Shi's place was very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this place to other travellers. Nian Shi was an excellent host, and knows a lot of cool places to see. He invited me on a tour of Tainan on my second day where I met lots of new friends and discovered some really sweet places in the city. He even borrowed a bicycle for me to use while I was staying at his place, helped me call a taxi when I needed, showed me where I could get some good vegetarian food, and invited me to hang out with him and his friends.
The accommodations are pretty much exactly as described. Yes it's hot, but there is a good fan to use and you can take as many cold showers as you like ;) The location would be hard to beat. It's a very funky, artsy, traditional, busy, centrally located place with so much to see and do around. Only about 12mins bike ride to the train station and 20mins bike ride to the beach.
This is a great place to stay while visiting Tainan!
Our Tainan experience wouldn't have been the same without Nian's unmatched hospitality, impressive knowledge about Tainan, impeccable recommendations, and cozy house in a charming and perfectly located neighborhood in the city. I think Nian may have spoiled us--he certainly raised the bar for Airbnb hosts!
Great guy and a fantastic traditional place in a perfect location. Would recommend staying here. Nian shi also knows where to go in this town.
I don't like that room because it's difficult to find, In the other hand, the room is dirty, no air conditioning, just only have a fan & it is very dirty, the place noisy, no curtain, so i can't sleep well, the toilet also dirty, when i go to take shower with hot water, I need to go to G/F, but my room is at 3/F.
I only stayed by Nian's home as a transient, but nonetheless he was very good to myself and my crew and had I had the chance to stay longer I would have definitely liked to hang with him as he seems to be a very nice and interesting person. He helped me with travel plans in Taiwan that f it weren't for him, my visit to the God of Medicine festival would have never happened. Thank you for being such a gracious host!
I'm a 33 year old French scientist/surfer working in Tainan.
My hobbies here include riding my bicycle to discover the best restaurants and nicest coffee houses in this gourmet city, surfing the waves of the warm sea, and learning about the fascinating local culture.
Over the past 10 years, I have easily hosted a hundred strangers in the different places I stayed and I have definitely being offered hospitality by even a larger number!
The last time i was on holidays it lasted 3 years, I cannot wait for the next ones!