List of Thermal Springs in TWN
Map of Thermal Springs in TWN
Guide to Taiwan’s Natural Thermal Springs
Taiwan, located off China’s eastern coast, is a great place for hot springs tourists. The hot springs in Taiwan are beautiful and located throughout the country, meaning that fitting in a soak is convenient no matter where you are or what else you want to do while traveling.
Whether you’re in a metropolitan hub like Taipei and Tainan City or exploring the more rural countryside, there’ll be a geothermal bathing experience somewhere in the vicinity.
Hot Springs North of Nantou County
The Tai’an Hot Spring in Miaoli County is one of Taiwan’s more famous destinations for mineral bathing. There are several resort areas around the hot spring, which flows in flat terraces amid thickly forested mountains. The spring also runs beneath Shuiyun Suspension Bridge, a tourist destination for the sight of the white bridge floating among the emerald treetops.
Many people go strawberry picking in nearby Dahu and then return to refresh themselves in the sodium hydrogen carbonate-rich water of the spring.
At the northernmost tip of the island, you can find Beitou Public Hotspring, an assortment of both hot and cold spring pools. This spring is part of many tributaries that wind through ‘Hell Valley’ so called because of the sulfuric green steam that hangs over the area due to the hot springs mixing with the cooler air.
This area of hot springs is unique for another reason- the springs (and the radium they’re full of) have created their own stone, Hokutolite. Hokulite looks like diamonds when polished. Those coming to bathe in the Beitou Public Hotspring are recommended to bring their own towels and shower products. These are not provided onsite.
Other Northern Hot Springs:
- Jiaoxi Hot Springs Park
- Sileng Hot Springs
- Wulai Hot Springs
- Ch’un-yang Hot Spring
- Lu-shan Hot Spring
Hot Springs South of Nantou County
At the Guanziling Hot Spring visitors are treated to the laidback feel of a small spa town. The water here flows from the side of Zhentou Mountain and is sulfuric, giving it a slippery, somewhat thicker texture on the skin. If you stay in one of the many resorts nearby, you can visit the spring at your leisure. It’s open 24 hours a day, year-round.
You’re warned not to drink the water here while visiting, due to its high salt and mud content. What is good for the skin is not good for ingestion. Like Tai’an Hot Spring, there’s a bridge over the spring that you must see. Here it’s Baoquan Bridge.
If you’re looking for a truly unique hot springs experience, Zhaori Hot Springs is a must-see. This is a saltwater hot spring in the middle of the ocean. It’s truly spectacular to watch the sun rise or set over the vast ocean while soaking in the spring water.
The springs are located on Taiwan’s Green Island, so you’ll have to take a short plane trip off the main island to visit one of the world’s only three saltwater hot springs within seawater. There are plenty of hotels to stay at if you want to explore more of the tiny island. Here, these rental spaces are called ‘homestays.’
Other Southern Hot Springs:
- Dong Bu Hot Spring
- Jui-Sui Mineral Spring
- Tamasato Hot Springs
- Lisong Hot Springs
- Zhiben Hot Spring
Taiwan is located in the Pacific ring of fire, which is why it’s so chock full of hot springs. These springs are warmed by the subterranean lava and many are naturally carbonated, which feels wonderful while bathing.
The country is the home of amazing saltwater hot springs as well as bubble tea, so luxuriate and enjoy both together. Also, it’s good to know if you’re going to be enjoying the mineral springs with a mixed company or in gender-specific areas as this can vary by venue.
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