Taiwan is a place famous for hot springs. Being one of the favorite destinations on the east coast of the country, Hualien then does not disappoint when it comes to offering visitors a warm bath to relax in. Here are some destinations to look into when looking for hot springs in Hualien.
- Ruishui Hot Springs –Discovered during the Japanese rule, Ruishui Hot Springs is consistently warm, making it a good hot spring destination all year round. Found at the township of Ruishui that shares the same river banks as the Hongye Hot Springs, the waters of Ruishui are known to have iron components that result to its slight brownish color. Ruishui Hot Springs is known to have alkaline salt water with a consistent temperature of about 48 degrees Celsius. Because of its water components, the water at Ruishui is known to treat different skin conditions and help relieve aching joints. Legend has it that pregnant women who bathe in its water will most likely give birth to a baby boy due to its “boy birth” waters.
- Hongye Hot Springs – As the name suggests, Hongye Hot Springs branch from the Hongye River and is also known by the name Hualien Hongye Hot Springs. Like many hot spring locations around Taiwan, Hongye was discovered by the Japanese during their occupation in Taiwan. The water is relatively colorless and odorless and stands with temperatures that reach an average of 45 degrees Celsius. Hongye is found in the township of Wanrong and is located at the base of Jiasing Mountain.
- Wenshan Hot Springs – With its soft carbonic and alkaline-rich waters, Wenshan Hot Springs is known to have medicinal properties that can treat a variety of skin diseases and illnesses. Its waters are known to have a pH level of 7.1 with varying warm temperatures all throughout the year. Wenshan Hot Springs is particularly popular because it is located at the famous Taroko Gorge National Park of the township of Sioulin.
- Antong Hot Springs – Along with many other hot spring destinations in Taiwan, the Antong Hot Springs is known to provide relief and treatment for various skin diseases, gastroenteritis, a number of female illnesses and even trauma. Compared to other hot springs in Hualien, Antong has a relative higher temperature that averages at 66 degrees Celsius. The water at Antong is so hot that a common activity here is to boil eggs as visitors submerge them underneath the water. The Antong Hot Springs offers beautiful views of the Antong River with equally exceptional mountain scenery. Sometimes you can even see the actual steam emitting from the river banks. The clear waters of the Antong Hot Springs were developed early making it one of the first few hot springs in the Hualien County.
Experiencing bathing in any of the hot springs in Hualien is not only part of a Hualien trip but part of the entire Taiwanese adventure. Hualien has truly some of the best hot springs in the east side of the country so make sure to relax your tired bodies with a warm and soothing hot spring bath.