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Enjoy hot springs and relax at Yihe Hot Spring Resort
Latest Updated by 2005-01-26 09:52:08

It was late in the afternoon when I arrived at Yihe Hot Spring Resort, located in Qingyuan city of Guangdong Province. The journey, only two and a half hours from Shenzhen, was not hard at all.

As soon as I got out of the car, I was immediately attracted by the scenery in front of me. There were several elegant villas built along the hillside, trees and flowers packed both sides of paths, lush vegetation covered surrounding hills, tens of white pigeons were wandering on the main square and hundreds of cyprinoids in bright colors were chasing for feed in the lake. The environment was quiet and the air was extremely fresh.

The name Yihe, meaning comfort and harmony in Chinese, depicts a combination of nature and humanity. The resort offers one of the best hot springs of the province. The hot spring here is well known for its high temperature, which is at 87 degrees Celsius. With outstanding facilities, good services and traditional Chinese medical spas, the resort is an ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Hot springs at the resort are offered both indoor and outdoor. But it is the outdoor springs that are preferred by most visitors.

Twenty hot spring pools, laid at the joint between two small hills, were constructed with smooth cobblestones and connected via cobblestone paths. Their sizes vary to cater to the needs of individuals, couples, families and even groups.

Unlike many other hot spring resorts, which feature pools filled with water to attract visitors at first sight, the pools here remain empty when there is no guest. Hot spring water is prepared only upon request. This guarantees clean water quality and customized services.

I was a bit frightened when I first entered one of the pools - the water was very hot indeed. I had to get in bit by bit. According to some working staff here, such high-temperature hot spring is good for skin and for some diseases, like rheumatism.

The resort has adopted a system to enable customers to adjust the water temperature. I adjusted it to make myself comfortable. Lying in the pool was very relaxing. The wind blew gently and kissed my face. I heard the chirps of birds in the trees. As night fell, stars seemed close to me and brighter than what I usually see in cities.

A waterfall was constructed in the biggest outdoor pool. It is an exciting and refreshing experience to stand below it and let the hot spring splash over the body. Such a spa is no doubt a most effective therapy for stress and exhaustion.

The resort is run by Mr. Liu Zhiping, who was born into a doctor's family and was once a traditional Chinese medicine doctor himself. Being familiar with traditional Chinese medicine, he created some medical and herbal spas and combined the power of traditional Chinese medicine with the hot spring. Now the resort offers spas for beauty and illness treatments.

The layout of the resort is perfect. Hot springs gush from the earth like fountains and are collected and led into the pools via pipes buried underground. A 398-step path was built to lead visitors to the hilltop.

I took a walk to the peak the next morning and had a bird's-eye view of the surroundings. A picturesque scene was spread in front of me: the hills were covered with dense woods, fruits from trees shone in the sunlight and two lakes shimmered with beauty by reflecting the landscape.

Besides hot springs, the resort also offers a variety of activities, including fishing, massage and fireworks. Food here is cooked with local produce, which tastes fresher than what we have in the city.

Travel tips 
1. Yihe Hot Spring Resort is located in Tangtang Township, Qingyuan, about 60 kilometers north of Guangzhou.

2. Visitors can drive to the Yihe Hot Spring Resort. From Shenzhen, take the Guangshen Expressway to the Jingzhu Expressway and then turn in the direction of Tangtang. The drive will take two to three hours.

3. Hot springs are rich in active minerals. The hot water induces an increase in the body's blood circulation and can ease pressure. However, it is not suitable for people who suffer from heart diseases, high blood pressure or those who drink a lot of alcohol.

 

Editor: Catherine

 
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