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
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!
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)
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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