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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Pamper Me In to a State of Bliss

On June 15, 2012, in Accomodation, Beijing, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Have you ever been so relaxed it feels like you walking on sunshine or floating in the clouds? If you have not eve had this experience I have found the place for you.  Hidden on Jianguomen outer Street in Chaoyang District is a place for anyone to have a relaxing day in style. Especially, after […]

Have you ever been so relaxed it feels like you walking on sunshine or floating in the clouds? If you have not eve had this experience I have found the place for you.  Hidden on Jianguomen outer Street in Chaoyang District is a place for anyone to have a relaxing day in style. Especially, after your long flight on China Eastern Airlines to Beijing. It is called the Shuangjing Foreign Beauty Spa. However, if you can’t read Chinese the only English word on their sign is spa. Regardless of this it is a great place to go if you want to spend a day being pampered or even an hour or two getting a back massage. Upon walking in on their first story there is a salon for hair and even a bar that sells top shelf wine. Can you believe it…A bar in a hair salon? I don’t think it gets much nicer than that. In addition the spa offers pedicures, manicures, facials and even sells underwear. My destination on this visit to the spa was to their massage parlor because I was still sore from my China flights. Upon arriving you are presented with white tea which is quite tasty. Then after a short wait a girl in what looks like a stylish  flight attended suit with an ascot comes to direct you to your room. And for anyone who is interested the masseuses in this place are all very attractive. I don’t know about my friends who came with me but my room was unbelievably nice as well.  They even have a shower for you to use before hand with Dolce and Gabbana soap and shampoo.

During the massage masseuse applied a variation of techniques that had my whole body feeling better from the start.  The only awkward part about the whole thing was that she spoke maybe three words of English and if you have never tried to pantomime while laying face down let me tell you it is a challenge unlike another. However, it was still a pretty fun experience and today I feel great, it is as if she made me 100 pounds lighter. And when I left she even helped dress me which was nice since I was feeling a little lazy after a sleep inducing massage.  If you don’t want to find this place though there are spas all over Beijing and I promise they will be just as good. If for example you are staying at one of the many China hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton you will find superb spa service. You can also go to massage parlors were the masseuses are blind. I have heard they are both inexpensive and higher quality than the Ritz so I am hunting one down to get my next massage. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber

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