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Cat Village Houtong, Xinbei
(3.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Maybe my own expectations are to blame, but I was kind of bored here. I saw maybe 10 cats (and that's pushing it). They were nice cats, minus the one who ripped open a bag of dirt and kicked it all ov...  more »
  • If you're someone who likes to go to the Taiwan cat go. Unassuming cat nook and cranny so much!!! Peaceful cat.
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  • It's a misconception that the cat village is only for cat lovers. Once you walk past the cat village, to where the food and shops up, you will find an abandoned mining bridge on your right. Climb up t...  more »
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  • Visited waay back in the spring & it was so much fun! =^0^= It's not a tourist trap. They don't charge admission. Real ppl live here & there just happens to be a lot of cats, so I don't get why so many ppl salty, lol. It's also a historical mining spot from when Taiwan was colonized by Japan, so it's a neat piece of history!
  • Laid back place with cats.... actually not a whole lot of cats but enough around. For cat lovers.
  • A quaint village opening up its doors to cats and the inevitable rush of tourists. Previously a coal mining town, this small town rebranded itself into quite the attraction. The cafes are a nice place to chill. I expected they to be more cats though, and truth be told isn't as many as you imagine either.
  • Good for visiting once, I mean, only once... cats there looked annoying due to the harassment from human beings every day nd some of them even were obviously sick... of course it's a cozy place to go on weekends but just wandering if we the tourists r actually bothering the cats' nd the residents' life...
  • Lovely green and picturesque village. While there wasn't a swarm of cats, there was enough for anyone wanting to satisfy their cat patting session.