Taiwan offers the perfect solution for anyone wanting to relax and recharge their mind and body- naturally. There are many geothermal hot springs throughout Taiwan. The warm waters of these springs, heated and charged by the earth's own energy, are believed to soothe, revitalize and reinvigorate the body.
Some of these springs have been diverted into bathhouses and health spas where the waters can be enjoyed in pools and private bathrooms, and other traditional treatments are also offered.
Others remain completely natural, in forests and alongside rivers, and are ideal spots to relieve tired muscles on a long hike through the wilderness.
The nearest springs to Taipei are at Beitou- accessible on the main MRT line. Visitors can see the source of the springs in the bubbling sulfur of Hell Valley, then visit the Bathhouse Museum, an original spa once used by the Japanese- including World War two Kamikaze pilots who were given a luxurious break at Beitou before being sent on their final missions.
Nine rules for bathing hot springs
- Take a shower before bathing in hot springs to maintain the cleanliness of the water.
- Women should avoid bathing in hot springs during their menstrual period.
- Be sure to test the temperature of the water with a finger or toe before getting in to make sure the hot springs are not too hot.
- Avoid bathing in hot springs 30 minutes before eating a meal, and one hour after a meal.
- Do not drink alcohol while bathing in hot springs .
- Make sure there is enough air circulation in indoor hot springs facilities.
- Do not soak in hot springs for too long. Generally, 30 minutes each time is the limit, and one should not bath in the springs more than three times per day.
- Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after soaking in hot springs . Drinking sports drinks is also recommended.
- People with heart diseases and pregnant women should not soak in hot springs .
Famous hot springs spots in Taiwan
The highest concentration of hot springs can be found in the Yangmingshan region, where the mostly dormant Tatun Volcano is located. The volcano is now only slightly active, producing a never-ending supply of hot springs . Visitors have the added bonus of enjoying the cherry blossoms scenery in the springtime and the maples in autumn while soaking in the hot springs . No matter what season, the hot springs here are great!
The Wulai hot springs, along the banks of the Nanshi Creek, are the most famous sodium carbonate hot springs in northern Taiwan . These hot springs , dubbed "Spring Beauty," are colorless and odorless, and are known to have rejuvenating effects on the skin. Wulai is also home to the Atayai tribe, and the tribe's traditional handicrafts and cuisines make coming to Wulai doubly worthwhile.
The Wenshui Creek in Miaoli boasts three famous hot springs : Hushan, Tenglong, and Taian. These hot springs are not only colorless and odorless, but drinkable, too. Additionally, there are many Hakka villages in Taian, and visitors often enjoy authentic Hakka cuisine in addition to the pleasure of dipping in hot springs . From your tastebuds to every inch of your skin, wonderful sensations are what Taian is all about!
Located at an altitude of 400 kilometers, Lushan offers the highest hot springs in Taiwan . The bicarbonate water here is clear, and bathing in it is said to ameliorate the symptoms of rheumatism and neuralgia. Dinking the water is said to regulate one's acidity and cure chronic gastritis. Every year, bathers enjoy the elegant cherry blossoms that bloom between winter and spring. The relaxing, curative effects and scenery of Lushan hot springs keep visitors coming back.
Jiaosi hot springs have been a popular tourist destination since the Japanese colonial period. At that time, a hot springs bathing pool was built for public use. A profound hot springs culture has since sprung up here in Jiaosi, and the flatland hot springs are more popular than ever. Locals use the mineral water to grow mineral rich vegetables: a specialty of Jiaosi. Between the extra tasty vegetables and rich heritage, Jiaosi is more than just a hot springs venue; it's its own culture!
Located in the Beinan Township , Taitung County , Jhiben is renowned as a hot springs resort. The service here is excellent and the water is not as hot as other hot springs , allowing bathers to jump right in. The hot springs water is also drinkable. Plunge straight in! And if you forget to close your mouth on the way in, fear not! In fact, go ahead and gulp some down!
The Chao Ri hot springs on Green Island are the only seawater hot springs in Taiwan , and the only hot springs on an off-shore island. Visitors can enjoy the seaside coastal landscape while soaking in these hot springs . Modern spa facilities make the experience even more enjoyable. In addition to outdoor pools, the Chao Ri hot springs also boasts indoor pools, so rain or shine, every day is a good day to come and soak!
Guanzihling hot springs have been renowned since the Japanese colonial era. Because the hot springs are loaded with minerals from subterranean rock strata, the water is of a dark grey hue; the hot springs are also referred to as the "mud springs" or the "black hot springs". The abundant minerals make the skin soft and radiant. With the exception of the Sicilian hot springs and the Japanese Kagoshima hot springs , the Taiwanese Guanzihling hot springs are the only other hot springs of this kind.
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