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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. Put Cat Village Houtong into our Xinbei vacation builder site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Xinbei.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Motionless for half a day spent time between games to play in the future still not wrong, a free car park parking lot, can also take a train comes, there are many cat of goods and gifts with hand microphone, there are many cat MI Xin 賞
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  • October 2, 2017
    Here because there is a lot of cat cat village also referred. All over the road and the station cat, feeling at home. It is also so accustomed to people very quiet
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  • October 1, 2017
    The village name as many cats to meet. Cute cat horsetail or signs. On the other side of the cat village coal mine site, was a mysterious space.
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    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!
  • July 18, 2017
    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!!!
  • April 30, 2017
    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
  • April 12, 2017
    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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