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.
Tamsui Customs Officer's Residence ( Little White House )
“Tamsui Customs Officer’s Residence”, also known as the Little White House has over a hundred years of history. It is named after the eye-catching white western style building exterior. The well-lined “half dome archway” is a must see. When the sunlight pours on the building, the white exterior appears even cleaner and more graceful. This piece of Spanish corridor style architecture of simple white plaster is vastly popular among the youth for photo shoots and “wedding photography”.
Aodi Fishing Port
There are over a dozen seafood stores in the seafood street less than 1km long in Aodi Fishing Harbor. Seafood is fresh and prices are reasonable. Major varieties include the marlin, greater amberjack, pencil squid, bigfin reef squid, lobster and grouper. For this reason, there are many seafood restaurants nearby. The fishing harbor is also equipped with a fish market, a freezing factory, a gas station, and a ship repair and building yard for visitors to experience what a true fishing harbor is.