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Hengshan (Neiwan), Hsinchu

Migration Cafe and B&B

The Elegant Journey Following the Tracks of Time

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  • A European style cafe in the century-old house
  • The magic interplay between the retro furniture and colorful murals
  • Tasty home-made dishes
  • Close to Neiwan Old Streets

Our Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

The Elegant Journey Following the Tracks of Time

Walking through the bustling old streets of Neiwan, as crowds come and go, the flourishing legacy that the small town once enjoyed with the rise of mining and logging industries seem to be rekindled in your mind. As time slips by, the lanes and alleys that used to be occupied by inns are now reigned by silence. But a century-old house with a royal blue appearance attracts your attention – Migration Cafe and B&B, a space that is going to take you to an elegant journey in search of the tracks of bygone days.

 

 

An old house exudes reviving energy

Upon gently pushing open the wooden door, the aroma of coffee permeates in the air. An old-fashioned sewing machine and an erhu with broken strings are displayed by the wall, recalling the memories of a bygone era. Looking to the left, you’ll find a wall made of straws and mud. Its gray mottles are like dappled light in the morning mist, bringing the recollection of the old rammed-earth house alive. The hostess, Susu, purposely preserved the historic traces of the century-old house, in order to extend its unique charm into the future. And looking to the right, the wall is painted with powerful strokes of tangerine, chrome yellow, and wave-like pitch black. Holding a cup of coffee, you walk to the back end of the first floor. Outside the window is a sun-drenched patio, its abundant greenery and light reflect on the bamboo baskets and dried flowers hanging on the wall inside. If you get closer, you might even smell the warm scent of sunshine, while the beautiful light flows in through the exquisite stained glasses on the door, adding more delights to your afternoon.

 

You carefully step onto the creaking stairs and ascend to the second floor. There lies an eight-legged bed left from the old house, which is now decorated with bunches of dried flowers as one of Susu’s ingenious ideas, capturing the moment of time frozen here. By the stairs leading to the private loft, vintage light fixtures are hung on the wall. But when you look up, there is more light pouring in through the skylight that Susu specially built in the original wooden roof. If you are staying here during the rainy season, with the rain dropping on the roof as background music, the space seems more tranquil and your anxiety would just gradually be soothed. Migration is like an unadorned train, with its ever-changing window view, introducing splendid scenes before your eyes.

 

The glory of the old house has not faded but been revitalized in Susu’s hands, and will be joined by travellers to advance on the path to the future. You pass through the gray hallway, which is reminiscent of an Italian castle, and enter the Room 101 “Morning Fog.” As the herbs are thriving outside the red-brick wall and window, you and besties are sitting on the beige sofa with upholstery of blue and gray pattern, chatting and bantering in the shower of sunshine. Ascending to the loft by stairs, the soft mattresses on the floor are waiting for you to lie down and leisurely enjoy the whole afternoon. Room 102 “Flowers” has sky blue closet and cabinet, which make the intimate space feel more spacious. Snuggling with your other half and listening to the chirps and whirrs of insects out there, both of you will have the same sweet dream. Being led up to the Room 201 “Stars” by a turn at the corner of the staircase, another wonder is waiting for you. The blue-violet window film in the bathroom is like the starry sky, accompanying your shower time as the exhaustion is washed off. With a good book and a cup of heart-warming hot tea, in peaceful Neiwan, you can just savour the time elapsing slowly.

 
 

The colorful Waltz dancing on the tip of your tongue

When you come to Migration, you must not miss the hearty dishes prepared by chef Joe and Susu! Let’s start the day with potato cheese toast bricks in the morning. The crispy toast with aromatic butter is stuffed with mashed potato and tangy cheese, which would melt your heart in the sweet and happy rhythm. On the side are grilled shredded cheese with fresh tomato slices, along with a sunny-side-up egg and healthy salad with fruits, adding a bit of lightness to the breakfast. Together the ingredients compose a waltz in the sunlight, making your taste buds spin and dance, savouring the pleasure.

 

At Migration, the hosts won’t let you leave on an empty stomach, as the lunch and desserts here are also too good to be missed. The meal set performs another jaunty waltz: The first beat presents Joe’s signature dish, Migration chicken curry, which is attentively simmered along with apples, honey, and onions, tantalizes your taste buds once again. On the second beat, take a sip of the honey mint lemonade made by Susu, removing the lingering greasy flavor in the mouth. On the third beat comes the combination of locally flourishing butterfly ginger and panna cotta, delivering the rich yet refreshing floral fragrance as a perfect ending of the meal. No matter which dish, Joe, who has a background of food service, pays great attention to each ingredient and is dedicated to making your taste buds dance with delight.

 
 

The reflection of the passing time

Migration is never just a pause in life but an endless journey. Perhaps you can’t stop the time from elapsing, but you can collect the moments in your trip and revisit them in your mind from time to time. Slower the time by growing old with the house, contemplate the aging beauty hidden in the mottled walls, and come to understand the preciousness of the present in the torrential rain of Neiwan. As time passes, Migration will still stand on Heping Lane, with its elegant and entrancing look, waiting for your visit.

 

Story of the Host

Meet the moving story of the host.

Susu.The Fearless Journey toward the Dream

Wearing refreshing summery attire and tying her hair in a long ponytail, she welcomed you with a lively smile and led you into this century-old house, which embodied her dedication and passion. Susu, a Hakka girl from Hsinchu, loved everything in her hometown and endeavored to revitalize the cultural and artistic trend in Hsinchu. Thus, at age of 25, she opened up Migration Cafe and B&B in the small town of Neiwan as a starting point and begin this journey toward her dream.

 

 

Take the sideroad as the shortcut to the destination

In the beginning, Migration was actually not a mooring planned in Susu’s life. After graduating with a degree in landscape architecture, Susu started her career in the industry. Back then, she dealt with government tenders daily and gradually became tired of the life that never varied day after day. So she decidedly left the field of landscape architecture that she had worked for about three years, and threw herself into the cafe and lodging business, which was closer to her inner longing. Returning to her hometown, Susu applied her expertise to create the unique Migration Cafe and B&B.

 

In fact, the enthusiasm of entrepreneurship ran in Susu’s family. Susu’s father, right after he finished the military service at the age of 18, entered the trade of interior decoration as an apprentice and strove all the way to this day. And her mother, who followed her passion for hairdressing, ran a successful business through the word of mouth of the housewives. Even Susu’s sister, along with her boyfriend, also opened a drink shop “PIN.Drink” in Hsinchu. As grown up in such free-spirited family, whether at the time when Susu pursued higher education or planned to open Migration, her family never tried to interfere with her decisions, but gave their full support and became the strongest backing for her.

 

Susu smiled and said that her parents loved to take the children to travel around, and on holidays, they used to camp in the mountains and enjoy the beauty of nature. Even now getting old, the parents still embraced their wanderlusts, and Susu was infected by their life philosophy of enjoying travelling. When she was in college, she had the chances to collect the wonderfulness around the world through the classes she took. Now she decided to chase her own dream, Migration became the kaleidoscope of her practice of life. She would apply what she learned and the experiences collected to the space of Migration, and share with the travellers a splendid time here.

 
 

The blueprint of dream drawn by family and friends

“I made this piece of furniture with my dad!” “The hair-care products in bathrooms were recommended by my mother as a hairdresser.” “The murals here were painted by me and Joe, along with two other friends!” Susu introduced each corner of the old house and the stories about the helpers behind the scene with gratitude. Built from scratch, borrowing the parents’ expertise and with the help from many versatile friends, Migration has been the dream catcher woven by Susu and her family and friends. It captured the moments of life and realized the gentle imaginations in Susu’s mind.

 

When walking into Migration, one would find the eight-foot bed and sewing machine from the original old house, now being preserved under Susu’s good care. In the bathroom, the porcelain jars with stone grain brought back from abroad were used as the toiletry dispensers. And the stained glasses mounted on the door brought in dazzling streams of light. Migration was loaded with ingenious ideas and creativities, and represented the accumulation of the fragments of Susu’s life, just like a colorful palette. It was never a still-life painting, but an ever-changing scenery. Every bit of appreciation of life would be transformed into a colorful element, revitalize the memories from the past, and enrich the time of travellers’ visiting.

 
 

Keep going and bring the small town to life again

In addition to her family and friends, Susu’s lover Joe was also an indispensable partner of Migration. As the chef of Migration, Joe always put a lot of consideration into each ingredient, while Susu, wearing a sweet smile, stood by his side as his teammate for experimenting with new dishes. Being absorbed in the work, their figures just composed the beautiful and peaceful silhouette in the kitchen. The couple’s coordination was demonstrated through Joe’s signature dish, Migration chicken curry. Being simmered for a long time, the excellent combination of various ingredients produced rich aroma and smooth texture, while the mellow flavor just lingered in one’s mouth.

 

Susu’s dream was like a seed floating slowly in the air and eventually found its habitat in Neiwan, Hsinchu. As the love from the people by her side nurtured her courage for moving forward fearlessly, now the dream has dug the land and rooted in with strong roots. Susu hoped that, with Migration as a starting point, it could help Neiwan, a small town with long-lost charm, to regain its identity and legacy. Maybe one day, as Neiwan thriving again, the hometown of Susu would ride on wings of dreams and soar aloft as well.

 

Room Type and Price

Room Type

+3

Stars
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,400 ~ 3,800/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, Afternoon tea included, On the 2nd floor, Indoor 26 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 king-size bed, Up to 1 extra person (without extra bed) (more)

Price List
+4

Flowers
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,000 ~ 3,000/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, Afternoon tea included, Indoor 13 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, Extra person is not allowed (more)

Price List
+4

Morning Fog
Guests: 4 people

NTD 4,000 ~ 5,800/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, Afternoon tea included, Indoor 40 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 2 double beds, Up to 2 extra person (with extra bed) (more)

Price List

Price List

Booking Info

  • Breakfast included: Western style (adjusted with seasonal ingredients), afternoon tea
  • Regular days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Holidays: Friday and Saturday
  • Extra person with or without extra bed. single mattress, pillow, cover, personal toiletries, breakfast and afternoon tea included, Extra bed: NTD600 per person; Without extra bed: NTD500 per person; Each room can have 1 children under the age of 6 with no extra charge and no extra bed
  • Please note that the rooms are not equipped with TV.
  • Travelers with large luggage or disabilities please note that the lodging is not equipped with an elevator.
  • Open for bookings up to 3 months in advance.
  • Single person discount: 20% off on the original room rate
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Cancellation and Postponement Policy

  • No deposit required. Please inform the lodging by phone or email as soon as possible for cancellation or postponing of your reservation.
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Lodging Info

By car

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Public transportation

  • Distance between lodging and nearby transportation spots:
      • Taoyuan Airport: 65.7 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 桃園國際機場.
      • Hsinchu Train Station: 29.1 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 台灣鐵路管理局.
      • Jiji Line, Neiwan Train Station: 0.35 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 台灣鐵路管理局.
      • Zhudong Station Bus Station: 12.1 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 新竹客運.
      • Caifeng Guan Station Bus Stop: 0.35 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 新竹客運.
      • It is recommended to transfer from 竹東站客運站 by taxi: about 20 minutes, NTD360 (time and fare are for reference only).

After booking is confirmed, please contact the host for transportation details.

No. 18, Heping St., Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan

Facilities and Services

Shared facilities

  • Indoor Space: Dining room
  • Other Amenities: WiFi, Books, Magazines

Services

  • Travel information
  • Foreign language service including: English

House Rules

  • Check-in time: 15:00 ~ 18:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging day(s) beforehand. please inform the lodging for late check-in time upon booking
  • Check-out time: before 11:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • Breakfast time: 08:30 ~ 10:00; special meal(s) available: Vegetarian meal and Special diet meal. Please inform the lodging your needs upon booking.
  • Afternoon tea time: 15:00 ~ 19:00; special meal(s) available: Vegetarian meal. Please inform the lodging your needs upon booking.
  • For ensuring the quality of stay for all guests, pets are not allowed in the lodging.
  • Due to the age of the lodging, sound insulation is poor, please walk quietly and lower your voice.
  • We only accommodate guests with reservation and not open for visiting to ensure the privacy of our guests.
  • As the lodging is situated in the natural environment, your stay may be accompanied by some bug friends.
  • Daytime and nightly temperatures vary greatly during the summer. Please dress appropriately.
  • Please note that autumn and winter temperatures can be quite cold and dress appropriately.
  • Guests are not permitted to use the kitchen facilities
  • Due to the special design of stairs, guests are advised to exercise caution regarding the safety of children and the elderly.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please do not let children run around or make loud noises unattened.
  • Please bring your personal ID or passport for check-in.
  • The lodging will not take credit card or Taiwan Traveler Card.
  • The lodging will not provide Taiwan Uniform Invoice (tax declared receipt).
  • Please keep your valuables safe as the lodging is not responsible for the loss of or damage to valuable items.
  • NTD300 will be charged for key lost or damaged.
  • Smoking is not allowed indoor; please go to outdoor areas for smoking.
  • The following behaviors are not allowed: Drug using, excessive drinking, gambling, making loud noises, causing disturbances, setting off firecrackers, and any illegal acts. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations, charge for anything damaged or lost, and report to the police in the event of a violation.

Contact Info

Address
No. 18, Heping St., Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan

Mobile
+886-983-332-511
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Contact Hours
11:00 - 21:00

Official Website
http://migrationbb2015.wixsite.com/migrationbb2015/

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Instagram
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Email
migrationbb2015@gmail.com