Houtong is a famous cat village in Taiwan. This area was originally a coal mining town, but it became famous as a cat village that many tourists visit every year after it was discovered that many cats lived there. In 2013, CNN introduced this village as one of the five places where cats surpass tourist attractions, and it is also recognized worldwide.
Houtong is a village located in northern Taiwan.
|224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, 224Taiwan , Fengjia Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
|Number of cats
Many cats used to live in this village. It was a mining town, and people started keeping cats to get rid of the rats that ate the wooden beams and pillars of the mine shafts. Stray cats have been breeding steadily, and now it is a village where more than 100 cats live. The coal mines have declined and the population of this village has plummeted, but in recent years it has become famous as a cat village on SNS, etc., and the population is starting to increase again. In 2009, a group of cat-lovers started an activity with the slogan, “Coexisting with cats, Houtong is the most beautiful.”
The climate is subtropical in the north. Spring, autumn and winter are short and summer is relatively long. Humidity is around 70% throughout the year. Temperatures range from 14°C to 33°C throughout the year.
Chinese is spoken in Taiwan.
Houtong is a quiet and small village, so public order is good. More than that, there is a military risk because the Chinese Communist Party may invade Taiwan.
Houtong was originally a coal mining town, but it has declined and is now a tourist village. As a cat village, many tourists come from all over the world.
Taiwan is made up of Chinese.
Taiwan is a country of many religions, including Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Mormonism, Yikki, Unification Church, Catholicism, and Islam.
The New Taiwan Dollar is used.
There is Taipei International Airport. You can reach the village in about 50 minutes by taking a local train from Taipei Main Station. Take the train going to “Ruifang Station” from “Taipei Station” and get off at “Houtong Station”.
|Taipei Songshan Airport
|No. 340-9, DunHua N Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10548
Cat Village has some promises. When you enter the village, check the signboard.
- This is also a living area, so please do not make loud noises or enter the living space without permission.
- Take your garbage home with you.
- Do not use flash photography as it will frighten the cat.
- Do not give human food.
- It is not recommended to bring dogs.
Sightseeing Spot 1 : Cat Cafe
As Houtong has become a popular cat village, there are many cafes catering to tourists. Some cafes have cats and sell cat goods.
HIDE & SEEK CAFE
This shop is located up the road from Houtong Station. There are cats in the shop, but they are not friendly, so it is difficult to touch them.
|No. 223號, Chailiao Rd, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
This café was opened by a local manager, and the number 217 comes from the address of this store. This is probably the most famous cafe in the village.
|No. 217號, Chailiao Rd, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
It is a gallery and cafe, and it is an art gallery with a cat theme. In addition, many cat goods are sold, and it is a shop with many customers.
|No. 219 號, Chailiao Rd, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
Sightseeing Spot 2 : 3 Cat Shop
It is a shop of cat goods. The interior of the store is based on white, and cat goods, accessories, and miscellaneous goods are lined up. The shop is marked by a cat object on the roof.
|No. 265號, Chailiao Rd, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
There are not many hotels in Houtong. Return to Taipei or find a hotel in a nearby city. You can book flights and accommodation from the link below. Other languages are also supported.