Jiuhua Spa

On June 26, 2012, in Beijing, China Attractions, Cool Places, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Relaxing, luxurious, tranquil, none of these words even start to do justice to describing Jiuhua Spa and Resort. Despite its beauty and everything it has to offer, Jiuhua Spa does not attract many westerners. That, however, should change immediately for it was one of the best spa experiences I have ever had. If you travel […]

Relaxing, luxurious, tranquil, none of these words even start to do justice to describing Jiuhua Spa and Resort. Despite its beauty and everything it has to offer, Jiuhua Spa does not attract many westerners. That, however, should change immediately for it was one of the best spa experiences I have ever had. If you travel to Beijing and find that you have a free day, you should definitely take advantage of the services that Jiuhua Spa has to offer. I was lucky enough to travel to Beijing and remain in the area during a holiday weekend, which is when I had the good fortune of going to Jiuhua Spa.

Taking a day off and traveling to the hot springs at Jiuhua Spa is a great way to escape the city. Although there are many options in terms of hot springs to visit in Beijing, Jiuhua Spa is one of the best with the longest history in Beijing. It was established during the Yuan Dynasty and was exclusively used by imperial families. That fact within itself should definitely clue you in to how amazing this place really is. There are many different hot spring pools within the area; some with mineral rich waters and others with different ingredients to cure certain ailments or to help certain body parts. Despite it being a holiday weekend when I traveled there, there were relatively few people in the hot springs. It was an amazing way to spend my day, which was topped off with a full body massage.

Jiuhua Spa’s hot springs are of the best quality and the water is even table quality. However, if you want to do more than just experience the hot springs, the resort is very large with more than ten different restaurants in the area. If you decide to stay overnight in the resort, prices start at about 480 Yuan. It would be very easy to stay an entire week in the area. There are several different districts within the resort itself and many different pools to visit. Although I was only able to stay for a day, I could have easily stayed for several just to experience the different pools as well as the different services the resort had to offer. After walking into the main building, you are greeted with several different packages you can purchase. I opted for one that cost me 200 yuan, which included access to all of the hot springs as well as a full body massage lasting an hour. At first, this did not seem to be an option, but if you ask around, the people working there will lead you to another area where you can purchase different packages. My 200 Yuan was well spent!

When you travel to Beijing, you should definitely travel to northern Beijing and experience the hot Springs for yourself. 200 Yuan for a spa day is the equivalent to about thirty dollars, which is unheard of in the United States. I cannot begin to describe the beauty of the resort and how relaxing my day was. I could not have asked for a better massage or experience for that matter.

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Hot Spring in Li Mountain

On July 25, 2011, in Historical Relics, Other Places of Interest, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Hot Spring in Li Mountain is known as “the first hot spring in the world” because of its long history unaffected by the turbulent changes.  The hot spring was formed 2 or 3 million years ago.  It has been used for more than 6 thousand years.  During the old times, emperors of Zhou, Qin, Han, […]

Hot Spring in Li Mountain is known as “the first hot spring in the world” because of its long history unaffected by the turbulent changes.  The hot spring was formed 2 or 3 million years ago.  It has been used for more than 6 thousand years.  During the old times, emperors of Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasty used this secluded place for leisure and entertainment. It came to be an honor to the ministers if they had a chance to enjoy the Hot Spring in Li Mountain. Initially named Spa palace, it was rebuilt many times during subsequent dynasties. The average water temperature is 43℃ all year round.  This fact is mentioned in the old saying: “Over millennia, Hot Spring in Li Mountain is not affected by the change of time or temperature”.  Moreover, the hot spring is a natural habitat for many organisms such as lime, soda, silica, alumina, sulfur, sodium sulfate and so on.  All of them are effective in curing various skin diseases, which was proven in Qin dynasty; in Han dynasty by the scientist Zhang Heng in his work ”Hot Spring Fu(one of the Chinese literary forms akin to poetry) ”; and in Northern Wei Dynasty (Yuan Chang’s “Hot Spring Song” and Emperor Li Shimin’s “Hot Spring inscription”).  In a word, Hot Spring in Li Mountain is a place where visitors can enjoy both the fine view and healing bath.

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Huangshan Mountain

On March 14, 2011, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Once you think of China Travel, Beijing Tours might be the first to come in your mind, or you may consider of other modern cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. But after so much quick-fixed life, why not going out to enjoy some nature wonders? Then Huangshan Mountain will be a pleasant choice. Huangshan […]

Once you think of China Travel, Beijing Tours might be the first to come in your mind, or you may consider of other modern cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. But after so much quick-fixed life, why not going out to enjoy some nature wonders? Then Huangshan Mountain will be a pleasant choice.

Huangshan is the general name of a mountain range in southern Anhui province, well known throughout China for its extraordinary beauty. As the saying goes, no mountain is worthy seeing after a trip to Mt. Huangshan. It is located 1045 kilometers south of Beijing and 402 kilometers northwest of Shanghai, named by the emperor of Tang dynasty in the Tian Bao period (747 AD). The Huangshan mountain range covers an area of 150 square kilometers, and comprises over 70 peaks, of which the three tallest peaks are Lianhuafeng (Lotus Peak,1,864 m), Guangmingding (Bright Summit Peak, 1,840 m), and Tiandufeng (Celestial Peak, literally Capital of Heaven Peak , 1,829 m).

For hundreds of years, Chinese poets and painters have immortalized the four wonders of Huangshan, which are peculiarly-shaped stones, sea of cloud lingering around the peaks, ancient pines clinging to the cliffs, and world famous hot springs. Huangshan was, and still is, a preferred vacation destination for the Chinese and foreign guests.

On arrival of Huangshan, tourists are faced with thousands of stone steps on an 80-degree cliff. They should be warned that the pains and efforts to climbing those stone steps are as many as climbing the stairs of the Empire State Building. Depending on your stamina and tolerance for crowds, there are several ways to tackle HuangShan. Three cable car lines connect peaks also linked by well maintained trails. Most tourists choose taking tour buses to arrive at the mountainside along a winding mountain road, and then walk for three hours. That is an easy way to climb to the peak, with many pavilions and terraces half-way for the tourist to rest and enjoy watching near limpid pools and thundering waterfall. Those who reach the top can even have a truly memorable experience — walking into a living Chinese ink landscape painting.

It is damp and cold at the peak. Winter temperatures may fall to minus 18 degrees centigrade, and the average summer temperature is not more than 8 degrees centigrade. The best time to visit Huangshan is early spring or autumn, when the peaks are covered with fresh green plants or red defoliations. Most tourists are keen to view the sunrise at five in the morning, but it is rare to seeing the sun between the jagged peaks, which float in the sea of clouds like islands.

The famous Huangshan hot springs are located between ziyunfeng (Purple Cloud Peak) and Taohuafeng (Peach Blossom Peak) at 630 meters above sea level. The water stays at 42 degrees centigrade. Nearby are Wangpurting (Pavillion for watching Waterfalls) and Taoyuanting (Peach Source Pavillion).

Huangshan Mountain is destined to be one of the most visited tourist destinations in the 21st Century. If you are interested in such wonderful Chinese landscape, please book your China Flights and come to Huangshan.

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