Traditionnal Taiwan by foot, Tainan

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4 Guests
2 Beds

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About this listing

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!

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Gods riding animals riding a giant centipede.

Gods riding animals riding a giant centipede.

The Space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $9 / night after the first guest
Monthly Price: $437 /month
Cancellation: Flexible


The Space

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 house

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.

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood


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.

Getting Around


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.

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House Rules

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.

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2 nights minimum stay
Balcony, bathroom and room.

Balcony, bathroom and room.

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About the Host, Nian Shi

Member since January 2013


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