Yup.  You read that right.  A cat village.  Just a short train ride from Taipei is Houtong Cat Village.  It’s nestled up in the hills and like most days, it was rainy. After some delayed trains, we finally made it with no idea what to expect.

There were all kinds of little shops around and they all sold cat things.  Cat socks.  Cat bags.  Cat shirts.  Cat postcards.  They were playing cat music.  Yes, cat music.  There aren’t really even words to explain that.

There were cats allover outside, but there probably would have been more if it was sunny.  They were allover in the shops, just sprawled out on the stuff for sale and counters.  They were hiding under the tables and chairs in and outside.  It was cat paradise.

Some may say it’s a tourist trap, but whatever.  It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon, especially if you like cats.  There isn’t a ton of stuff to do there other than wander around, but it was still fun.  I don’t know if I would go back now that I’ve been there, but I wouldn’t tel people to just skip it either.  I thought it was an enjoyable part of Taiwan and a good day trip from Taipei.  It was one of those weird Asia things that you just might not want to miss.

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Helpful things:

  • To get here take the MRT to Taipei Main Station, then take a train to Ruifang and either take a local train one more stop to Houtong, or transfer to the Pingxi line and get a day ticket.
  • You can also take a train to Ruifang then cross the street from the train station and get a bus 808 or F808 to the Houtong town area.
  • If you have allergies, take some medicine.  It probably won’t be bad outside, but in the shops it can be a little much.
  • It can be rainy, but the cats will still be out.  Bring an umbrella just in case.  A lot of hostels have some that you can use.

Have you been to Houtong?  What did you think of it?  Do you want to go?  

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