What a lovely place. A one hour train ride from Taipei City and you arrive at Houtong Cat Village. The perfect place for cat lovers. It is also a wonderful place to relax and take a deep breath. The beautiful mountains made me reminisce of New Zealand, and the scenery is quite breath taking. It was a pity the weather was very misty and rainy, however that didn’t stop people from traveling here. The cats are taken care by the people there, with little cat houses and food bowls around the area. The gray day meant the cats were sleepy and mainly wanted to stay under shelter. Every few steps we would hear a little kid shout out “貓咪! (Kitty!)” They are like celebrities there, with cameras taken out quickly to take a snap. Travelling from Taipei Main Station, we went through a direct route, without transferring. You just have to purchase a ticket at the Station and wait at the platform. Unlike MRT, you can eat on the train.
As you can see, most of the little sweeties were sleeping or eating. It was terribly cold today, but seeing these guys made me smile :) There were even a few that stood confidently in front of the camera.
A map to get around, unless you are feeling spontaneous you can simply go all the way around to every area. There are lunch places that greet you when you walk out of the station. To avoid cues try to come on a weekday or arrive before lunch time.
The little cat houses were seen around the area, and to get into the village you need to go up several stairs and past a bridge. The bridge and the area used to be a coal mine.
The “cat food” was too cute to eat! Pineapple cakes, Lolly pops, Cream buns and more in the shape of cats. The funny thing is the first animals we saw when we arrived were pet dogs.
The cat shops had all kinds of cat related products. Hats, Socks, Purse, Stationary, Postcards, Stamps, Stickers, Ceramic Bowls, Hair Accessories and so forth. A word of advice, would be to come on a weekday, as the weekend was very crowded, which meant the wait for trains was longer.
Some unrelated photos for memories. And of course food…
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