Houtong, the Cat Village

Houtong is a small laid back town located in Ruifang district, north-east of Taipei. It used to be one of Taiwan’s most important coal-mining town up to 1990’s. Unfortunately, after the coal mining industry declined, the little town began to be abandoned by its inhabitants, who, out of work, had to move away. From about…

Day Trip: Let’s go to Shifen!

It’s really easy to go to Shifen from Taipei, and actually, you even have several options to get there. You could either take the shuttle bus number 795 heading to Pingxi from Muzha Station on the Brown Line (that’s the fastest option), or either you could take a local train from Taipei Main Station to…

Is this still Taipei? Escaping to Yangmingshan

A few days ago some of us from Mono’tel took a day trip, with a couple of our guests, to the Yangmingshan national park. This scenic area is very beautiful and a real change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city life,  and it’s only 30 minutes bus ride away! We had…