Cat Village Houtong, Ruifang

3.8
#9 of 436 in Things to do in New Taipei
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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 New Taipei vacation builder site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in New Taipei.
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  • Houtong is one stop beyond Ruifang on the train from Taipei. There are cats roaming about but not ones up for a cuddle. The gift shops, of course, are why you go. Everyone knows at least one...  more »
  • We took our son there and he loved it, but note that the cats aren't super friendly because they are after all not pet dogs but cats that don't really belong to an owner. There are more tourists...  more »
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  • Quaint village with hundreds of cats, most cats are comfortable around humans. Some of them are permanently parked in their territory others are roaming around and you have to hunt for them. The shops nearby all sell cat related memorabilia and also snacks and car food. Highly recommended for cat lovers.
  • Cats are well fed and fixed. You are allowed to pat them if they approach and feed them non coloured kibbles. The village has a very nice view in of itself and there are many caf├ęs to relax and eat at. If you're a more reserved person this is a good place to relax. I do not recommend coming here if looking for excitement, you will not enjoy the place and may disturb everyone else. Met a very friendly cat that came to me and sat on my lap.
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