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Houtong Cat Village Guide | Best Day Trip from Taipei for Couples & Families

December 4, 2023

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A couple at HuoTong Cat Village, the best day trip from Taipei

In the ongoing debate among Taipei locals over the best day trip destination, whether it’s the serene hills of Teapot Mountain or the debating what to eat at Jiufen, let us whisk you away to the hidden gem that is Houtong Cat Village. This dainty village is where feline dreams become reality! 🌈🐱 Nestled just a 40-minute Uber ride away from bustling Taipei, this cat-filled wonderland surpasses the allure of any conventional cat café. It’s perfect for a romantic date or a day trip with family members of all ages.

Once upon a time, Houtong Cat Village emerged as a compassionate haven for stray cats, evolving over the years into a captivating retreat for feline enthusiasts. From the first moment we stepped into this dainty town, the air lightened, the world warmed, and the streets adorned with adorable cat statues, and cat-themed shops. the heart-melting spectacle of little kids racing for hugs with the resident kitties.

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What to do at Houtong Cat Village


We can easily remember the first moment we stepped foot into this cat-filled town. It felt as if we were transported back to the carefree days of childhood. What adds an extra layer of enchantment to this charming town? There are more cats than people calling this place home! Imagine a community where whiskers outnumber humans, and every alley is a whimsical playground for our furry friends. Immerse yourself in cat cuddles; picturesque streets and surprising nature spots await.

cats at HuoTong Cat Village, a charming village near Taipei

Amidst the meandering alleys, you’ll discover an abundance of cat statues, cat-themed shops, and delightful cat-themed snacks. Each reflecting the genuine adoration the villagers have for their feline companions.

kitties at HuoTong Cat Village, the best day trip from Taipei city

Don’t miss the opportunity to ascend to the train tracks area, where a cat heaven unfolds inside the train station and on the other side of town.

visit cats at HuoTong Cat Village, a charming village near Taipei

Inside the Houtong Train Station, you’ll find more cat themed areas to take photos.

As you traverse the village, you’ll encounter a diverse feline cast – some playful, others skittish, and a few enjoying an afternoon leisurely nap. Much like humans, each cat possesses a distinct personality, ensuring a dynamic experience for visitors. So, fear not to move on if one kitty isn’t in the mood for play – there’s a plethora more awaiting your affection. Here’s two of the chief resident cutie pies below!


Can I feed the cats?

And the burning question – can you feed the cats? Absolutely! Indulge in the joy of treating your new furry friends with cat food, available for around 100 NTD ($3 USD) at nearby shops. However, exercise caution not to offer human food or cow’s milk. Many cats are lactose intolerant, and such treats can lead to health issues.

Next you might be wondering, what else can I do at Houtong Cat Village? Read on below for the most surprising nature spots a stone’s throw away.

Insider Tip: Outdoor Getaway in Houtong Cat Village

Beyond the realm of feline fascination lies an unexpected outdoor getaway within Houtong Cat Village. Here’s an insider tip – following your cat cuddle session, descend to the riverbank for a serene view and some rock skipping. We recommend savoring taro pastries from local shops while admiring the rock formations and natural waterfalls.

This is a perfect spot for swimming with clear blue waters and a slow current. While the water is pristine, its deceptive depth warrants proper swimming gear if you plan to take a dip.

Walk down from the cat village to this beautiful river:

The charming village of HuoTong Cat Village, also an outdoor getaway
An outdoor adventure at HuoTong Cat Village, Taiwan


Views from Ruisan Coal Transportation Bridge


For an unmissable vista, venture up from the cat village to the Ruisan Coal Transportation Bridge (a mere 3-minute walk). Ascend to the top, and be greeted with breathtaking river views that will sweep you off your feet – a delightful treat complementing the village’s feline charm. Kitties spotted along the ascent only add to the enchantment.


famous bridge near HuoTong Cat Village, Taiwan, Ruisan Coal Transportation Bridge

The incredible views from the top of the bridge is below. We even saw kitties on the way up.

view from famous bridge near HuoTong Cat Village, Taiwan, Ruisan Coal Transportation Bridge

Undoubtedly Houtong Cat Village isn’t just a haven for cat lovers but a meow-gical fusion of cat-filled adventure and nature’s charm. So, if you crave a day trip that transcends the ordinary, this is the place to be. It’s time to let your inner feline-loving wanderer roam free!


Explore more: For those with an appetite for an extended adventure, delve into our Ultimate Jiufen Food Heaven Guide for the best eats in our favorite magical town nestled in the Taiwan mountains, or Pinglin, Taiwan to see Taiwan tea plantations. The best part? Jiufen is only a 15 minutes Uber ride from Houtong Cat Village, making a perfect combined day trip!

Looking for a hike to pair with Houtong Cat Village? Our favorite hike in Taiwan is Mount Keelung Trail, a 10 minute walk from Jiufen.

Looking for a completely different adventure? Check out our Italy series.

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  1. kelly says:

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never heard of this cute village before! Thanks for sharing your tips for visiting this spot!

  2. Maddie Deer says:

    How fun! HuoTong Cat Village seems like a unique experience. Those views were incredible as well! I can’t believe I have never heard of this before!

  3. Farrah says:

    Ahhh, this is definitely up my alley!! I’d love to check this place out someday! That river looks beautiful too. <3

  4. Cosette says:

    How cute! I just showed the post to my son, he loves cats, I think he has added a new destination to his list of places to visit.

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