Cat Village Houtong

Cat Village Houtong, Ruifang: Hours, Address, Cat Village Houtong Reviews: 4/5

Cat Village Houtong
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Ruifan District
With its air of historical heritage, Shuijinjiu (ShueiNanDong, Jingguashi, Jiufen) used to be prosperous and glamorous due to mining. Although its magnificent semblance no longer exists, the peaceful and beautiful atmosphere has persisted. With a wave to the age of the gold rush, one can still see a glimpse of its glorious past through the Golden Waterfall. Gazing at the ShueiNanDong Remains of the 13 Levels, it is like a beautiful palace that was deserted, earning it the name of “Potala Palace of the Mountain Mines”. Probing forward to the mouth of the river is the considerably distinguished Yinyang Sea, with its half gold half bluish green spectacle inspiring countless imaginations of romance. Walking along the streets of the meandering old streets of Jiufen and tasting the various kinds of authentic eateries is the love of tourists. Stepping into the Golden Museum, one can glimpse the historical traces of the mining industry culture, reminiscing of past glories from its museum, living quarters, and shrine remains. The unassuming mountain city of Houtong used to be a mining village. With the call of cat lovers, volunteer groups were established to create a friendly environment for cats and turned Houtong into a cat village for cat lovers.

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Watsson
Annapolis, MD427 contributions
Cute and goofy
Mar 2020 • Couples
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 cat-lover and Houtong is where to get that cat-lover a souvenir of your trip to Taiwan.
Written March 11, 2020
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grace454
Sunnyvale, CA9 contributions
cat lovers must go!
Feb 2020
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 than cats so unless you have something to feed them it would be hard to pet them. The area is really nice, there's a view spot if you go up a bit behind the train station.
Written February 26, 2020
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MartinG1984
Bratislava, Slovakia248 contributions
Great for cat lovers!
Jan 2020
If you are a cat lover, this is a must. Honestly, there is nothing special here, just the cats! Having said that, I loved the place. But if you are not into cats, don´t bother coming.
Written January 10, 2020
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Angelee R
Manila, Philippines1,045 contributions
my 2nd time
Nov 2019 • Family
my daughter loves cat so the first time we went to taiwan she bring me to this place . i love the bakeshop in cat village they give lots of free taste the place is clean with clean restroom
Written January 6, 2020
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Toy S
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia61 contributions
For those who love cat
Oct 2019 • Friends
Cat is unfriendly.
Many cat around the village.
Same direction by local train to Shifen Old Street, Ruifang station.
Written January 5, 2020
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KevinLaiKF
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
Houtong Cat Village with lots of cats and few kittens.
Dec 2019
Cats hate hot weather, they are more approachable during the cooler time of the day. I found many cats in the shades taking rest. They will crowd around you if you are carry some liquid cat food sachet, or more economical dry cat feed. Kittens are found in residential area courtyard (out of bound to tourists).
Written December 22, 2019
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jul_TA
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
Peaceful walk about if you the time
Dec 2019
Its just a small town with abandoned stray cats well fed by tourists. We walked around the railway and outside villagers homes - that's about it

only 2 shops opened for local food and a few souvenir shops
e spent less than an hour there

give it a miss if you don't like cats
Written December 21, 2019
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,119 contributions
🐈 Cats were never my thing...
Dec 2019 • Solo
...and I guess I'm not really crazy about 🐕 dogs either. Nonetheless, this is the first stop out of Ruifang on the scenic Pingxi Train Line. Most people stayed on the train - I guess going to the waterfalls at the next stop or the town of Shifen. I got off with a few other people. I don't know; if you love cats, this village is like their sanctum and you're in the right place - if you don't, stay on the train. Even though I once thought cats were evil, I'm actually glad I got off. I decided to grab something to eat and met a wonderful couple that ran a small local noodle shop. He was proud to serve me his cat ear noodle soup (shape not actual). They were very friendly and we spoke a bit in Japanese (he's got game). He put a number (256?) on how many cats there were in the village. I walked around the place a little bit; I couldn't spend much time as the hourly train was coming soon. I saw lots of cat signs and displays as well as a cat store or two and of course some cats. In better weather, I might enjoyed coming here more than I did. Meeting and chatting with those folks at the noodle shop made it worthwhile for me though.
Written December 18, 2019
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kwchiang001
Singapore, Singapore85 contributions
Cat lovers' place
Nov 2019 • Solo
Easily spot more than 20 cats during my trip there. Not alot of people during weekend. It is a good place to chill with cats
Written November 13, 2019
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Kelsey S
Hanoi, Vietnam77 contributions
Crazy cat lady heaven
Oct 2019 • Solo
If you are cat obsessed, you must go! There were lots of cats around that you could feed and pet and most wanted the attention. I arrived around 11:30 AM on a Sunday and it wasn’t too crowded. I got plenty of cat time. By the time I left around 1:30 it was getting busy with tour groups. So go early. The train was super easy from the Taipei main station. If you use Google maps it will show you exactly what train to take and at the station the staff are very friendly and helpful. I did this as it’s own trip so I guess it’s a long commute for just this but for me it was totally worth it. You could combine with other stops and also check out the mining history if that interests you. I bought a couple cat souvenirs, enjoyed coffee, and walked around petting cats. Pretty great day.
Written October 20, 2019
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