Houtong Cat Village 猴硐貓村, Houdong
Famous island-wide as the home for literally hundreds of cats, the Houtong Cat Village is a must-see for cat lovers.
Originally a small coal mining town built during the Japanese era, Houtong attracted over 6,000 workers to the area, producing the highest amount of coal in Taiwan. By the 1990s, the coal industry died, and residents of the town began moving away.
In 2008, a local cat lover began to care for abandoned cats in the town, finding and organising volunteers to post photos of the cats online. The public fell in love with the adorable cats and the village once again, reviving the area into a tourist destination.