Houtong Cat Village
Come to this coal town in the mountain and experience the daily life of the old miners in the past years.
- Meet the chief of the cat station in Houtong station and take a picture with him/her.
- Take a troller through the coal tunnel and feel the daily life of a miner in the old times.
- Go visit Houtong Coalmine Ecological Park and go to the Museum to learn about the history of mining.
- To taste the traditional local food, you must try the miner’s lunchbox and snacks around the train station.
- Walk along Fuxing Bridge and admire the old diesel locomotive garage, the entrance to a mine and miner’s old dormitory.
Did you know Houtong used to have the latest coal production equipment?
Have you ever noticed the letters that says “Chan-Mei-Yu-Guo/Ruisan Mining Industry Company” on the wall of a black building when you take the train passing by Houtong? In the past, in order to mine the coal, and because of its geographical advantages, Houtong had the most advanced equipment for coal washing, selection and production. Thus, after the train in the Yilan Line came into service, it became the most important town that supported Taiwan industry with power fuels. The coal plant is the best witness to it.
Go to coal transportation bridge to explore the view of Houtong.
If you want to see the magnificent former coal plants, you may walk to the coal transportation bridge, where you not only can see the whole town and mining industry relics, but also admire the beautiful geologic pothole landscape of Keelung River. When night falls, the shadow of the coal transportation bridge that is across the valley and the lights on the bridge are reflected in the Keelung River, which makes the shots of the night view of Houtong a must take for photographers.
Services & Facilities
- Public Restroom
- Parking Lot
How to Get ThereChoose a transportation method based on your departure location.
Wulai Scenic Area
Wulai District is located in the southeastern part of Taipei County at the confluence of the Nanshih River and Tonghou River. With its picturesque valleys, forests, rivers and high mountains, Wulai it is known as the "back garden of the greater Taipei area." Wulai is also a popular hot spring destination.
Temple of Eighteen Deities (Shi Ba Wang Gong)
This temple, which is notable for its bronze statue of a dog, has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that sometime during the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 17 merchants and a dog died during a rough crossing from mainland China. The dog, which had tried to save its master, was buried together with the merchants, and their grave became a shrine called 18 Kings Temple.