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Cat Village Houtong, Xinbei

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Built on the ruins of a deserted mining town thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteer workers, Cat Village Houtong now serves as a mini cat city, visited by many cat lovers. As the idea developed over the years, villagers started to construct cat decorations, sculptures, and even a bridge with a catwalk for the cats to come and greet you at the train station. Admire cat paintings, murals, and of course hundreds of real-life cats waiting to be petted. Find refreshments in the numerous cafes and shop for cat souvenirs, then relax by the pristine green river, accessible by a staircase. Plan to see Cat Village Houtong and other attractions that appeal to you using our Xinbei vacation planner.
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  • Cat cat village, although there are some love MI stores, not over the Weather is not hot cat microphones are holed up, cool, pity cat microphones plus love cat Amy weeks bian products let people worth care 癒
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  • The trip to Houtong Cat Village is a relatively short trip out of Taipei in the norther coastal mountains. The Cat Village in an interesting development out of the closing of the coal mine at HouTong....  more »
  • Town (village) a thorough, full of cats, such as signs and objects. The cat was still rainy-day was when I went. Christine countryside whiff of Taiwan tourist isn't like that.
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  • Not too sure what to think about the place. Firstly there weren't many cats. Our driver said that it was probably due to the heat. "They're probably sleeping in some corner somewhere". Fair enough. Putting that aside, all I can say is that it's just a dilapidated old town that HAPPENS to have a lot of cats for some reason. You'll find yourself walking around Cat Village peeking here and there, wondering where the cats are, and suddenly you'll realize that you're looking into someone's house. There aren't many commercial properties in Cat Village itself, which is rather disconcerting seeing all the effort they've gone to to commercialize the place. One house we passed by had a small gathering going on outside. It turned out to be a post(?) funeral meeting. Um. Our condolences, I guess.
  • I'm a cat lover and this place is full of cats! There are shops that sell anything cat themed and there are lots of cat cafés to choose from! It's a tiny village but it's very peaceful and lovely! It's just a train away from the Taipei Main Station too. All the people in this village are also nice!!! I'll definitely go back here!
  • Nice place for cat lovers. You can feed some cats that dont belong to anyone. Be careful some cats are dangerous. Especially, the one with the light green collar!!!
  • Embrace it for what it is. It's a very charming, historic mining town now famous for the cats roaming around the town streets. There is a calming ambiance even with all the people visiting. It must be the cats lazying about​. Walk around enjoy some sausages and take a bunch of crazy cat photos
  • A quaint little town with lots of cats and a nice museum. Worth a visit if you are an animal-lover and enjoy collecting good souvenirs (Better than those in Ruifang/Shifen Town.) Take note that most of the cats are not friendly (possibly because everyone who visits tries to pat them. Do give them their space! :)

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