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Cat Village Houtong, Xinbei

(3.7/5 based on 320+ 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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  • I don't know if the weather affects how many cats are about, but on Jan 29, we saw at least 20 cats! It was a great little side trip out of Taipei. Fun cat-themed shopping, happy tourists, happy cats....  more »
  • 滿熱鬧的地方,過年期間人潮很多。有不少貓慵懶的躺在地上,不會怕人,滿多人在拍照的,四處都可以見到飼料.貓屋。 
  • If you love cats, definitely visit at least once. I'd stay away from visiting on bad weather days, however, as all the cats (and dogs) tend to take shelter. If you go in any stores, make sure to obey ...  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.