The girlfriend and I went up to Jyo-Fen for a day at Chinese New Year. Had a great walk around - this was when the place was still largely “undiscovered”. In our explorations we met a Taiwanese Movie star, who my gf reckoned was quite well known at the time. He inivited us in for tea, and a chat on the deck of the little house he had fixed up as a weekend getaway house. Later as we were walking the streets a little kid tried to give me NT$500 of his hong-bao money because I was the first foreigner he’d ever met.
We missed the last bus, and ducked into a shop at the bottom of the village to ask if there were any hotels, or a later bus. The shop keeper told us that we were totally out of luck in all respects. After a second’s thought, she invited us to stay with them, in their home above the shop. My gf sounded her out a little bit, to make sure we weren’t imposing, and then she told me that the lady was just very kind, and sincerly wanted to help us. We were shown to a room - with a double bed. No questions asked, and in the morning we all had “chou” (water-rice) together, and then we said our thanks and goodbyes, and the lady and her husband said we were welcome any time.
The very nice thing about this unexpected hospitality is that they were so cool about it, they gave us a room and then left us alone. They didn’t dote on us, or impose with questions, and forced conversation. Very kind people.