Hot Springs in the Cold Win­ter

As au­tumn turns to win­ter, the fall­ing tem­per­a­tures make it the ideal time to visit hot springs. There are dozens of great places to en­joy hot springs in Bei­jing’s suburbs.

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Niu Huizi Edited by David Ball

As au­tumn turns to win­ter, the fall­ing tem­per­a­tures make it the ideal time to visit hot springs. Shrouded in steam­ing hot mist, you can let your trou­bles evap­o­rate into the warm spring wa­ter, which will dis­pel the chill from the air and bring some warmth to those short win­ter days.

There are dozens of great places to en­joy hot springs in Bei­jing’s suburbs. From ho­tels to moun­tain vil­las, high-qual­ity hot springs al­low vis­i­tors to com­pletely un­wind and are of­ten lo­cated near other at­trac­tions and scenic spots, mak­ing the jour­ney out there even more pleas­ant.

Bei­jing Wtown in Miyun

Be­neath the Great Wall at Si­matai there flows a hot spring with a year-round tem­per­a­ture of 38 de­grees Cel­sius. What is in­cred­i­ble is that just a few dozen me­tres away, there is also an icy cold spring flow­ing, with the two springs mak­ing their way into the pic­turesque Yuanyang (“Man­darin Duck”) Lake. Lo­cated at the foot of the Si­matai Great Wall, Bei­jing Wtown is part of the Yan­shan Moun­tains, one of the old­est moun­tain ridges in the world. It boasts iron-rich hot springs which are rarely found in Bei­jing’s suburbs and its wa­ter reaches tem­per­a­tures as high as 61 de­grees Cel­sius. The town’s rich hot spring re­sources have earned it the nick­name “Spa Town.”

Gua­ji­ayu Moun­tain Villa in Pinggu

Gua­ji­ayu Moun­tain Villa is lo­cated in Gua­ji­ayu Vil­lage in east Bei­jing, in the moun­tain­ous area of Pinggu District. The area is rich in hot springs and renowned for its 1.55 bil­lion-year-old vol­canic hot spring,

which is known as the “No. 1 Vol­canic Spring in Bei­jing.” The tem­per­a­ture of the wa­ter from the vil­lage well has been mea­sured as high as 75 de­grees Cel­sius, and that drawn from 2,272 m un­der­ground has even reached 55 de­grees Cel­sius. The wa­ter con­tains var­i­ous min­er­als with health-giv­ing ben­e­fits in­clud­ing flu­o­rine, iron, man­ganese, metasili­cic acid and other trace el­e­ments.

Ji­uhua Re­sort and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Chang­ping

Lo­cated in Xiaotang­shan Town, Chang­ping District, there was an im­pe­rial gar­den on the site of the Ji­uhua Re­sort and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter as far back as the Yuan Dy­nasty (1271–1368). Xiaotang­shan, the fa­mous “Home­town of Chi­nese Hot Springs,” was a pop­u­lar haunt with many re­fined schol­ars dur­ing the South­ern and North­ern Dy­nas­ties (AD 429–581) and has been ever since. Nowa­days how­ever, the out­door hot spring area is nes­tled amid el­e­gant South­east Asian-style gar­den scenery—its warm spring wa­ter per­fect for clear­ing out the pores and its gen­tle steam cre­at­ing an al­most dream­like ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pur­pureus Hot Spring Villa in Chang­ping

The Pur­pureus Hot Spring Villa is also lo­cated in the long-es­tab­lished hot spring town of Xiaotang­shan, Chang­ping. The 4-star re­sort is sur­rounded by rolling moun­tains and the Pur­pureus Hot Spring flows through it. The un­der­ground min­eral wa­ter here con­tains sul­phur and emerges at a tem­per­a­ture of 60.5 de­grees Cel­sius. Mainly clear with a yel­low­ish tinge, the wa­ter is rich in stron­tium, lithium, metasili­cic acid and other trace el­e­ments, mak­ing it a top-grade hot spring.

Yulin Hot­spring Hol­i­day Re­sort in Chang­ping

Yulin Hot­spring Hol­i­day Re­sort is lo­cated in the west area of Xiaotang­shan Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Zone in the an­cient town of Tangquan, Chang­ping District. The wa­ter from this sul­phur hot spring is drawn up from 1,700 me­tres (m) un­der­ground, and its tem­per­a­ture is a con­stant 50 de­grees Cel­sius through­out the year. The re­sort not only of­fers hot springs for bathing, but also gar­dens where vis­i­tors can pick fruit and taste Chang­ping spe­cial­i­ties, which help makes hol­i­days here more in­ter­est­ing.

Long­mai Hot­spring Vil­lage in Chang­ping

Long­mai Hot­spring Vil­lage is lo­cated in Xiaotang­shan, Chang­ping District, in the cen­tre of the Xiaotang­shan Hot Spring Belt. Ap­prox­i­mately 80 met­ric tons (2,540 gal­lons) of wa­ter emerges per hour here, at a tem­per­a­ture of 53 de­grees Cel­sius. The hot spring wa­ter is crys­tal clear with a slight yel­low tinge to it, hence its nick­name “Basin of Golden Soup.” Long­mai Hot­spring Vil­lage is si­t­u­ated in an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion, a short dis­tance from the Snow World Ski Re­sort, Great Wall, Mang­shan Moun­tain, Sil­ver Moun­tain Pagoda For­est, Flower Bay Mag­netic Spa Re­sort, Ming Tombs Reser­voir Mon­u­ment Park, Jundu Tourist Villa and Tianchi Scenic Area, giv­ing tourists plenty of op­tions for get­aways.

Xueya Xiaozhuang Eco Spa Vil­lage in Chang­ping

Xueya Xiaozhuang Eco Spa Vil­lage is lo­cated in Beix­i­ang­tun Vil­lage, Xiaotang­shan Town in Chang­ping District. The court­yard-style farm­house leisure park cov­ers an area of ap­prox­i­mately 3.67 hectares (ha) and fea­tures hot springs, restau­rants and ac­com­mo­da­tion. It has a re­li­able hot spring wa­ter source, so all of its court­yards are equipped with their own pri­vate hot spring pools. Since open­ing, the re­sort has be­come ex­tremely pop­u­lar with tourists from all over the world.

Trop­i­cal Rain For­est Ho­tel in Chang­ping

The Trop­i­cal Rain For­est Ho­tel is lo­cated in the east area of Xiaotang­shan Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Zone, Xiaotang­shan Town in Chang­ping District. Its bou­tique hot spring court­yards are el­e­gantly pre­sented, warm and stylish, pro­vid­ing guests with Eu­ro­pean, Chi­ne­ses­tyle or VIP suites and even ro­man­tic, pri­vate hot springs. The hot springs here are a per­fect choice what­ever the sea­son: in spring, they help re­lax the mind and body; in sum­mer, the heat is good for the heart; in au­tumn, they pro­vide health ben­e­fits for the lungs; and in win­ter, they help peo­ple bet­ter con­nect with na­ture.

Val­ley Ho­tel in Chang­ping

The Val­ley Ho­tel is lo­cated in the foothills of north­west Chang­ping District, sur­rounded by moun­tains, yet eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. Equipped with more than 10 dif­fer­ent themed suites and fea­tur­ing pri­vate court­yards or ter­races, the gue­strooms are

seam­lessly in­te­grated into the nat­u­ral world. The pri­vate spa rooms also fea­ture bathing pools, al­low­ing guests to kick back and re­lax. If that was not enough, the re­sort also of­fers ad­di­tional fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as horse rid­ing, mini golf and an ad­ven­ture play­ground.

Jinyu Badal­ing Hot Spring Re­sort Yan­qing

Jinyu Badal­ing Hot Spring Re­sort is lo­cated in the old sum­mer cap­i­tal of Yan­qing, near to the Badal­ing sec­tion of the Great Wall, Longqing Gorge, Wild Duck Lake, Guyaju Cave Dwellings, Yudu Moun­tain, Shi­jin­g­long Ski Re­sort, Song­shan Na­ture Re­serve and other scenic spots. The hot spring wa­ter here comes from 2,000 m un­der­ground and has a tem­per­a­ture of 54 de­grees Cel­sius. The wa­ter is filled with health-giv­ing ben­e­fits and is rich in such min­er­als and trace el­e­ments as flu­o­rine, sul­phur, iron and sil­i­con, which are es­pe­cially good for the skin.

Tang Yun Con­fer­ence Re­sort in Huairou

Tang Yun Con­fer­ence Re­sort is lo­cated on the bank of Huairou Reser­voir in the suburbs of Bei­jing and of­fers easy ac­cess to the Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Cen­tral Busi­ness District and scenic ar­eas in Huairou District. The pavil­ions spread across the re­sort’s grounds per­fectly dis­play the an­cient charm and el­e­gance of Suzhou-style gar­dens. The wa­ter in the 3,000-m-deep “Tang Yun Spring” is 55.5 de­grees Cel­sius and rich in trace el­e­ments and min­er­als in­clud­ing cal­cium, mag­ne­sium, iron, potas­sium, sodium and flu­o­rine.

Longxi Hot­spring Re­sort in Dax­ing

Lo­cated in Panggezhuang Town, Dax­ing District in the cap­i­tal’s south­ern suburbs, Bei­jing Longxi Hot­spring Re­sort com­bines con­cepts such as fash­ion, health, leisure and el­e­gance. One of the re­sort’s high­lights is the 8,700-square-me­tre (sq.m) Sun­shine Coast Hot Spring Wa­ter World, which is equipped with 35 in­door and out­door bathing pools. The whole pool area is en­veloped in a huge glass cur­tain wall and cov­ered with trop­i­cal plants. Watch­ing the steam rise from the pools around you is the per­fect way to re­lax both body and mind.

Dragon Spring Ho­tel’s Yun­shui­jian Health Club in Men­tougou

Lo­cated along the bank of the Yongding River, the Yun­shui­jian Health Club in Dragon Spring Ho­tel is the per­fect place to un­wind. The club has a wide range of out­door hot spring pools for guests to choose from in­clud­ing hot wa­ter, tea, An­gel­ica sinen­sis, bub­bles, neg­a­tive ion min­er­als, hot stones and gin­seng. The Health Club is sur­rounded by fas­ci­nat­ing nat­u­ral land­scapes and at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Tanzhe Tem­ple, Ji­etai Tem­ple, Miaofeng Moun­tain, Huang­cao­liang Scenic Area, Pearl Lake, Baicao Gar­den, Bai­hua Moun­tain and the high­est peak in Bei­jing, Ling­shan Moun­tain.

Kaiyue­lai Hot Spring Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Fang­shan

Bei­jing Kaiyue­lai Hot Spring Con­ven­tion Cen­tre is lo­cated in Changyang Town, an im­por­tant eco­log­i­cal leisure re­sort in Fang­shan District. The ho­tel is ideally lo­cated, with the Changyang In­ter­na­tional Golf Course to its east, Hao­tian Pagoda to its south and easy ac­cess to pop­u­lar tourist spots such as Shang­fang­shan Na­tional For­est Park and the Pek­ing Man Site at Zhouk­oudian to its west. The hot springs at Kaiyue­lai are nes­tled within a ro­man­tic and beau­ti­ful eco­log­i­cal gar­den and boast a lux­u­ri­ous and com­fort­able lounge and fit­ness area.

Cloud Villa Re­sort Ho­tel in Fang­shan

Cloud Villa Re­sort Ho­tel is lo­cated in Shidu World Geop­ark, Fang­shan District. Cov­er­ing an area of more than 20 ha, it is sur­rounded by moun­tains on three sides and bor­ders the Juma River on the other. It of­fers a feast for the eyes with green moun­tains and clear wa­ter stretch­ing as far as the eye can see. By virtue of its stun­ning nat­u­ral lo­ca­tion and nearby eth­nic mi­nor­ity fea­tures, Cloud Villa Re­sort Ho­tel en­joys the rep­u­ta­tion as the “No.1 Re­sort in South­west Bei­jing.”

Chun Hui Yuan Re­sort in Shunyi

Chun Hui Yuan Re­sort is lo­cated on the bank of the beau­ti­ful Wenyu River, known as the “No.1 River at the Gate of the Cap­i­tal City.” Its hot springs are drawn from a depth of 1,800 m, and share the same source as the fa­mous Xiaotang­shan Hot Springs. The spring wa­ter emerges at a con­stant 60 de­grees Cel­sius year-round, and con­tains a weak sodium bi­car­bon­ate mix­ture of min­er­als. Chun Hui Yuan Re­sort was the first mixed-leisure and health cen­tre spa in Bei­jing com­bin­ing beauty spa and wa­ter ther­apy. The ho­tel is also exquisitely dec­o­rated, cre­at­ing an el­e­gant and re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Macrolink Leg­end Ho­tel in Shunyi

Macrolink Leg­end Ho­tel is lo­cated on the beau­ti­ful Chaobai River, ad­ja­cent to the Han­shiqiao Wet­land Na­ture Re­serve and Olympic Wa­ter Park. The re­sort cov­ers an area of more than 3,000 sq.m and pro­vides guests with a nat­u­ral hot spring ex­pe­ri­ence. Dif­fer­ent- coloured pools have vary­ing fea­tures, which help con­di­tion the mind and body. In ad­di­tion, the ho­tel has an el­e­gant Asian spe­cialty restau­rant, mak­ing it the per­fect place for busi­ness meet­ings, spend­ing leisure time and en­joy­ing get-to­geth­ers. The ho­tel also has a red wine and cigar bar, as well as nine spe­cial din­ing rooms serv­ing de­li­cious Chi­nese cui­sine.

Yunhe Yuan Hot Spring Re­sort Ho­tel in Tongzhou

Yunhe Yuan Hot Spring Re­sort Ho­tel is lo­cated be­side the Chaobai River in Songzhuang Town, Tongzhou District, and cov­ers an area of over 80,000 sq.m. The ho­tel is an im­pres­sive struc­ture and is both sim­ple and el­e­gant within. Its lay­out, fea­tur­ing up­per and lower tim­ber struc­tures, ex­udes a faint aroma of freshly- cut logs, al­low­ing guests to feel close to na­ture. The re­sort’s build­ings are ar­tis­ti­cally de­signed and its hot springs are unique. The hot spring’s nat­u­ral geo­ther­mal wa­ter is col­lected from a depth of two kilo­me­tres un­der­ground, is nearly 60 de­grees Cel­sius at the sur­face and is rich in min­er­als and trace el­e­ments.

Xinghuyuan Hot Spring Re­sort in Tongzhou

Xinghuyuan Hot Spring Re­sort, lo­cated near Taihu Lake in Tongzhou District, is a large- scale hot spring ecore­sort con­structed based on clas­si­cal Chi­nese el­e­ments in­cor­po­rated with modern ideas. Built in the style of a tra­di­tional Chi­nese gar­den, the Mingquan Court is like a fairy­land on earth, and its swim­ming pools, hot spring pools and per­for­mance stage scat­tered through­out a “trop­i­cal rain­for­est” all com­bine to create a stun­ning en­vi­ron­ment. The min­er­al­rich hot spring wa­ter is drawn from 2,800 m un­der­ground and emerges at a tem­per­a­ture of 49 de­grees Cel­sius.

Long­mai Hot­spring Vil­lage in Chang­ping

Tang Yun Con­fer­ence Re­sort in Huairou

Bei­jing Wtown in Miyun

Chun Hui Yuan Re­sort in Shunyi

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