My wife, daughter and I visited Houtong on 26 March 2013.
At 0745 hrs we took mrt from Zhongxiao Dunhua station to Nangang station and walked to TRA platform to catch TRA 4154 which arrive at 0836 hrs. You can use easycard or buy tickets at counters. This train is free seating. You must get in fast because it depart in 15 seconds. At 0919 hrs, we arrived at Houtong. Go up bridge to walk to front station where you will find a shop selling cat souveniers. Toilets is nearby. walk out of station front to shops and visitors centre. You will find many cute and friendly cats roaming around, sleeping on windows, walls, tables etc. We had a great time taking photos. We walked to the river, cross the bridge toward the temple to take more photo of scenery and flowers.
We walked back to station, up another old bridge to cat village on hill slope. New bridge will be ready soon with shelfs/ledges for cats to sleep. There are at least 1 - 2 cats outside each house.
Amazingly, paths and roads were very clean. I did not see any cat poops around.More