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Hot Springs in Taiwan


Hualien County

The clear, odourless, salty hydrogen sulphide water of the Antung hot springs can be used for bathing and drinking as well, and is said to be able to cure external wounds, skin ailments, and gastric diseases. There is an old Japanese-style hot-spring hotel and a new modern hotel as well for visitors to choose from. Neighbourhood residents frequently dig holes which fill with water and provide them with open-air bathing, adding a rustic atmosphere to the area. The water is so hot that you can enjoy the incomparable pleasure of boiling your own hot-spring eggs here.


Kaohsiung County

The Baolai hot springs are located deep in the mountains of Liugui Township, Kaohsiung County, near the banks of the Laonong River. The hot-spring waters are rich in minerals, and their bicarbonate content is believed to be able to loosen up the muscles and bones as well as to beautify the body. Besides enjoying the hot springs here you can also fish in the river, raft its rapids, camp, and have yourself a picnic.


Taipei County

Beitou hot spring is surrounded by Shamau Mountain, Datun Mountain and Chising Mountain. It spreads the sulphur mist all year round. The place is bestowed with abundant hot spring resources. It is called "the hot spring village". The hot spring area refers to more than 10 places such as Dijegu, Lungfung, Funghuang, Hushanli and Hsinyi Road. The major area for hot spring spa is Chungshan Road, Kuanming Road, Hsinming Road and Chuandu Road that surround Beitou Hot Spring Park.


Kaohsiung County

The Bulao hot springs are also located in Liugui Township and were developed back during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan (1895-1945). These springs too are situated beside the Laonong River and produce a clear bicarbonate water that is suitable for drinking as well as bathing and is said to be effective for eliminating exhaustion, relieving muscular aches and pains, and beautifying the skin. Besides soaking in the hot-spring water here you can also barbecue and camp in specially planned areas that provide a diversity of vacation activities.

Green Island

Taitung County

The Chao Ri hot springs on Green Island are the only seawater hot springs in Taiwan, and the only hot springs on an off-shore island. Visitors can enjoy the seaside coastal landscape while soaking in these hot springs. Modern spa facilities make the experience even more enjoyable. In addition to outdoor pools, the Chao Ri hot springs also boasts indoor pools.


Tainan County

Guanzihling hot springs have been renowned since the Japanese colonial era. Because the hot springs are loaded with minerals from subterranean rock strata, the water is of a dark grey hue; the hot springs are also referred to as the “mud springs” or the “black hot springs”. The abundant minerals make the skin soft and radiant. With the exception of the Sicilian hot springs and the Japanese Kagoshima hot springs, the Taiwanese Guanzihling hot springs are the only other hot springs of this kind.


Taichung County

The Guguan hot springs are in Boai Village, Heping Township, Taichung County; they were first developed during the period of Japanese occupation (1895-1945), and won a reputation as the "Meiji Hot Springs". The bicarbonate water here is good for drinking and bathing, and is believed to be wonderfully effective against arthritis, neuralgia, gastric diseases, athlete's feet and skin ailments. People go to Guguan not only for the hot springs but also to enjoy the nearby Dragon Valley Nature Park, and Alpinists can also climb Mt. Polu and Jiabaotai.


Taitung County

Located in the Beinan Township, Taitung County, Jhiben is renowned as a hot springs resort. The service here is excellent and the water is not as hot as other hot springs , allowing bathers to jump right in. The hot springs water is also drinkable.


Ilan County

Jiaosi hot springs have been a popular tourist destination since the Japanese colonial period. At that time, a hot springs bathing pool was built for public use. A profound hot springs culture has since sprung up here in Jiaosi, and the flatland hot springs are more popular than ever. Locals use the mineral water to grow mineral rich vegetables – water convolvulus, Zizania latifolia shoots, loofah gourds – that are unique in Taiwan.


Nantou County

Located at an altitude of 400 km, Lushan offers the highest hot springs in Taiwan . The bicarbonate water here is clear, and bathing in it is said to ameliorate the symptoms of rheumatism and neuralgia. Drinking the water is said to regulate one's acidity and cure chronic gastritis. Every year, bathers enjoy the elegant cherry blossoms that bloom between winter and spring.


Illan County

The Renze hot springs are at the midway point on trips up to the Mt. Taiping Forest Recreation Area. The calcium carbonate water here is extremely hot, frequently emerging from the ground at above 95°C; it is colourless and odourless, and leaves your skin feeling smooth and lustrous.


Hualien County

The Ruisui hot springs were discovered as early as 1919, and public baths were then built. The Japanese-style hotel that operated at that time is still in operation, and it has developed an open-air bathing pool so that travelers can savor the pleasure of hot-spring soaking in the wild. The spring water here is rich in iron and emerges from the ground at a temperature of 48°C; the iron in the water oxidises when it comes into contact with the air, imparting a pale brown colour and a slightly salty, rusty flavour.


Miaoli County

The Wenshui Creek in Miaoli boasts three famous hot springs: Hushan, Tenglong and Taian. These hot springs are not only colourless and odourless, but drinkable, too. Additionally, there are many Hakka villages in Taian, and visitors often enjoy authentic Hakka cuisine in addition to the pleasure of dipping in hot springs.


Taipei County

The Wulai hot springs, along the banks of the Nanshi Creek, are the most famous sodium carbonate hot springs in northern Taiwan . These hot springs , dubbed "Spring Beauty," are colourless and odourless, and are known to have rejuvenating effects on the skin. Wulai is also home to the Atayai tribe, and the tribe's traditional handicrafts and cuisines make coming to Wulai doubly worthwhile.


Taitung County

The Wulu hot springs produce colourless, odourless carbonate water, which is also good for both drinking and bathing. It is supposedly good for treating arthritis, neuralgia, and athlete's feet. The nearby Wulu Gorge, with the surrounding thick and rich-green forests, might be said to provide the most spectacular scenery on the Southern Cross-Island Highway.


Taipei County

The highest concentration of hot springs can be found in the Yangmingshan region, where the mostly dormant Tatun Volcano is located. The volcano is now only slightly active, producing a never-ending supply of hot springs. Visitors have the added bonus of enjoying the cherry blossoms scenery in the springtime and the maples in autumn while soaking in the hot springs .




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