21 July 2017

Houtong Cat's Village

There is something for cat's lovers to see in Taiwan - the Houtong Cat's Village (猴硐貓村)We had really great time here. I love cats and I really miss my pets I had to leave in Poland. I can't keep any cat or dog now which makes me upset, so it's more happy for me to visit this place.
We are staying in Taipei for only a few days, mostly the weather doesn't allow us to go out, because we are traveling by scooter.

The Houtong Village is surrounded with hills and has beautiful river. Houtong is a small coal mining town built during Japanese era. The village attracted over 6000 workers and produced the highest amount of coal in Taiwan. In 1990 with the end of coal industry, many people left this place. Population of this village became less than 100 people.


See also: Jiufen

houtong cat village ruifang district Taipei taiwan

houtong cat village ruifang district Taipei taiwan

In 2008 a cat lover began to care for abandoned cats. After posting pictures online, Houtong once again became tourist destination.
Some people says the number of cats here is 200+. You can find them sleeping anywhere, on the roofs, flower pots and even inside shops. Most of cats are strays and wild but get used to people. And don't worry, they are look after by volunteer team with veterinary.   

You can find many shops around with food, drinking and cat themed souvenirs. 

Many times you can see the sign not to feed or tease cats, although many people still feed them and play with them when they get a chance. On weekend Houtong is really full of tourists. 


See also: Pingxi




You can also visit the old mine. Ruisan mine was build in 1940 and it was the largest coal mine in Taiwan. The mine is 100m underground and 4 km deep. You can ride inside in the original diesel car. 
You can also visit museum with some old photos and mining relics.

According to news in 2019 the numbers of cats rise to about 50 more which gives nearly 300 cats in Houtong. According to locals, it became a magnet for people wanting to abandon their pets. 

The village is just crazy about cats, everything is cat related. Cat decorations, music consisting "meow". You will find here ceramic cats, cat themed notepads, phone covers, socks, temporary tatooes, fridge magnets and many many others! 
If you are really a cat lover, you can also visit Cats on the roof - the painted village in Yunlin with many cat themed murals. 

houtong cat village ruifang district Taipei taiwan

houtong cat village ruifang district Taipei taiwan


houtong cat village ruifang district Taipei taiwan




Address: 
Houtong Cat Village, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224

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