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Hot spring in Taiwan, anyone?

Imagine sinking into a welcoming hot spring pool on a frigidly cold day, while you unperturbedly sip on that calming cup of Chinese tea as time passes by slowly. Guess what? You’re only a flight away from relaxing hot springs and utter bliss!

Words by: Shafiqah Shafie

Taiwan is dubbed "the Hot Spring Kingdom".

Taiwan is dubbed “the Hot Spring Kingdom” by the locals and tourists alike © Taiwan Tourism

Ever since the days of the ancient, the world has openly acknowledged the therapeutic and revitalising benefits of hot springs. Formed by emerging natural waters from the bowels of the earth, Taiwan stands proud as one of the best hot spring sites in the world due to its geographic setting between the Yangtze Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate.

     The best winter hot spring resorts can be found in Taipei, Taizhong, Tainan and Taidong provinces, where the nation’s unique landscapes resulted in high-temperature natural springs that contain crystal-clear waters that restore and revitalize the body, soul and mind.

     As year-end approaches and Taiwan’s weather drops in a dramatic fashion, hot spring enthusiasts are in for a great treat as the country’s most anticipated winter haven is in trend once again!

Over one hundred hot springs can be found in Taiwan, with the highest concentration in Northern Taiwan

Over one hundred hot springs can be found in Taiwan, with the highest concentration in Northern Taiwan © Taiwan Tourism

Taiwan Hot Spring and Fine Cuisine Carnival

Held from November to January each year, the ‘Taiwan Hot Spring and Fine Cuisine Carnival’ is a special occasion that allows visitors from across the globe to come and enjoy Taiwan’s best hot spring delicacies. Along with some fun activities and delectable cuisines, the festival offers visitors the chance to truly enjoy the true bliss that comes with the winter hot spring tradition.       

Check out these cool hot spring activities that are currently happening in Taiwan:   

  • 30 Nov 2013 – 7 Dec 2013: Dongpu fine cuisine season (Dongpu Hot Springs)
  • 9 Nov 2013 – 15 Dec 2013: Tainan Guanziling hot spring musical festival (Guanzihling Hot Springs)
  • 5 Nov 2013 – 29 Dec 2013: Wulai winter welcoming hot spring fine cuisine carnival (Wulai Hot Springs)
  • 1 Nov 2013 – 20 Jan 2014: Love in Sichongxi sightseeing hot spring season activities (Sichong River Hot Springs)
  • 1 Dec 2013 – 20 Jan 2014: Revealing Zhiben’s hot spring again (Jhihben Hot Springs)
  • 7 Dec 2013 – 24 Jan 2014: Mountain town floral appreciation activity season (Baolai Hot Springs)
Today, modern technologies have been implemented in the hot spring resorts such as hydro jets and ultra-sonic massage

Today, modern technologies have been implemented in the hot spring resorts such as hydro jets and ultra-sonic massage © Taiwan Tourism

Hot Spring Bathing Tips

Be sure to follow these tips to avoid any mishaps and to maximize the benefits when you enter the hot springs:

  • Shower before soaking in the hot spring to maintain the quality of the water and also to increase your skin’s absorption rate.
  • Put a small wet towel on top of your head to balance the temperature between your body and your head.
  • Always bring along a bottle of water with you to keep hydrated.
  • Wait an hour after your meal before entering the hot spring to avoid cramps and indigestion.
  • If you plan to stay in the spring all day long, be sure to pop in and out every few minutes to avoid your body from overheating.
  • Do not stay in the spring for over 30 minutes to avoid overburdening your heart.
  • The best water temperature is between 38℃ and 42℃. Do NOT go over 45℃!
  • Due to the high level of minerals inside the water, remember to take off all your metal jewellery and accessories to prevent them from getting eroded.
  • To absorb the benefits of the spring minerals, it is best to leave your body unwashed after the bath. If your skin feels irritated, then you may wash your body with clear water.
  • Avoid going into the hot spring alone as anything can happen while you are bathing (e.g. cramps, fatigue, etc.), so always have someone to accompany you in case of an emergency.  

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  • Gary Bridger

    Why do they call them hot springs, they are open communal bath tubs.

    • http://www.airasia.com/travel3sixty Travel 3Sixty

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your feedback! :)

      Not to be confused with communal bathing, most of the hot springs in Taiwan are directly sourced from natural boiling hotspring water of the island’s volcano mountains.

      Visitors get to enjoy the natural spring minerals from the wild springs that bubble up through its rocks and river water. So these springs are not like any ordinary swimming pools or bath tubs that are normally used in public bath houses.

      We highly recommend you to try out the hot springs in Taiwan, you’re not going to regret it! :)

      • Gary Bridger

        Umm bit like what we have here in Sabah Borneo. . Sooner Am fully aware hey they are not swimming pools. Same as the Greek baths of Bath in Somerset UK. Hot water from the heat of the ground. Right.? For many, and I am sure being british, I miss a good soak in a bath tub. Hot springs to me would be like doing what the macaques do in japan.

        • http://www.airasia.com/travel3sixty Travel 3Sixty

          Hi Gary!

          Thanks for the response. :)

          Mmm we wouldn’t compare the similarity of hot springs with the Greek baths and the Japanese Macaques. Some of the baths from Roman are heated by a log fire, and not by geothermal heat from the volcanoes, plus natural hot springs have good minerals for your skin and body! 😀
          Do try out the hot springs yourself, you’ll love it 😉