Allen was on a business trip on very short notice, therefore, I have not met him in person. One of his roommates, Alex, helped me.
Alex is a very nice guy and he tried to make my stay comfortable. You have your own room, therefore it is a great deal for guests looking for something cheap.
Though, all in all, I cannot recommend the room for foreign tourists without knowledge of Chinese and a working smartphone.
The arrival was difficult. The point AirBnB is pointing to in the map is not where the apartment is. It is at number 28, in a backyard not at number 20 as shown on the map. To find it, I depended on Alex to pick me up at the wrong spot. Be sure to have internet on your mobile phone as you might need to check the AirBnB app again.
As the 20-storey building is in a backyard, it is hard to find, even when knowing the street number.
Communication with Alex was very hard in English.
The entire building is very old and the corridor are dirty and look like a construction site.
In the apartment, the bathroom is old, rust is at the door and heating. To get to the kitchen you have to go through the part of the bathroom with the sink.
The surroundings are great – ATM, restaurants, china mobile shop, and metro station are all within 5-10 minute walking distance. It is a safe area even at night time. Last metro returns roughly at 22:30 to Guanximen station. It is easy to reach from the airport, just needed to change once.
The wifi did only work poorly at the apartment, thus, it was difficult to plan the things I wanted to see.
There are two very curious cats which always want to enter your room, climb on the bed or over your personal belongings.
Only the key for the apartment door was given to me, not for the main house door. Though, this door seemed to be locked the last two days and at night I could only get in as a neighbour was entering as well.
It seems that without Allen, 3-4 people are living in this apartment. 1-2 in the sleeping room, two in the living room next to the AirBnB room.