So far, most of my adventures in China have involved lots and lots of hiking. Sometimes, however, you just need to relax and take a break—which is exactly what I did about a month ago at the hot springs in Shapingba (a district about one and a half hours away from where I live by metro).
Last month (yes…I know…I have been neglecting my blog) I went to Ronghui Hot Springs with a group of friends for a day of relaxation. The cost to get in on the weekends was 180RMB (roughly 30USD) and it was well worth it. This particular hot springs included a set of indoor pools with hot showers you could lie under, massaging water chairs, a ton of other water jets, etc., along with with a series of outdoor pools.
The outdoor pools were my favorite and where I spent most of my day. Outside there were different Chinese medicinal pools (to help with things like asthma, stress, insomnia, etc.), scented pools, and my all time favorite…a red wine infused pool. I can’t remember what the red wine pool was supposed to do for you, but it smelt AMAZING. There were many other kinds of pools but we weren’t able to get to all of them, as the facility is humungous.
Another unique pool that I’d like to point out, however, is the fish pool. In this pool, you put just your feet in the water for the fish to nibble off any dead skin. I had never done this before, so found it quite fascinating. Do be warned though—if you have ticklish feet it is extremely hard to do this. If your feet twitch even just a little bit, the fish will scurry away. This is meant to make your feet feel super soft, but I must have not left mine in for long enough, or I just had too much dead skin on my feet for those poor fish to handle…
I think we ended up spending a total of six hours at the hot springs…we definitely got our money’s worth. I’m planning a return visit sometime next semester when I need another “Treat yo Self” kind of day.
*Travel tip—If you plan on going to the hot springs for a full day, it is advised to pack your own food, as food inside is extremely overpriced and not that good.