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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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  • I went here twice, with one day of good weather and the other poor. If it's sunny (at least not raining), there were many cats walking around. For poor weather, it's hard to see a cat. The transport t...  more »
  • The places was included in our tour to Shifen. There were a few cats walking around the place. We spent most of the time inside a shop where they sell the lucky cats.  more »
  • Houston train station is just one stop away from Ruifang main station. There is a lovely bridge connecting the train station to the Cat Village where you'll find cats walking around or lying relaxingl...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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! :)
  • Nice seeing the cats around. Please, DO NOT FEED THEM! When we went it was raining so most of the cats were hiding and sleeping.
  • I've been here 3 times. I've never really seen that many cats. They have some but not worth the trip if that's all your looking for. But there is good hiking nearby so it's best to pair cat viewing with a hike.