If you’re finding the grey, icy, winter months in Chengdu tough to bear, do like the locals and head for the rejuvenating hot thermal waters that run deep beneath the province. The facilities in Chengdu and the surrounding regions range from scenic outdoor baths to brightly lit, jam-packed indoor pools, all varying in quality and ambience. Hot springs in China can get very busy (and unpleasant) on national holidays and weekends – so be sure to call ahead.
Here are some options to thaw out your toes and soak yourself in some local culture:
Howard Johnson Conference Resort Chengdu
The perfect end to a long hike on Qingcheng Mountain, is the Howard Johnson Resort, just a stone’s throw from Qingcheng Shan high-speed train station. The Qingcheng Taoism Hot Spring has a large indoor pool, 50 outdoor pools, and 4 VIP hot spring villas. There’s a special spa, traditional food massage, a Taoism wooden bath, outdoor forest spa, and under floor heating. You can visit for the day or stay in the hotel overnight – they offer breakfast and dinner buffets. Big plus is that they speak English.
Mondays – Fridays: 13:00-23:00
Weekends & Holidays: 10:00-24.00
Normal 256RMB per person
Excl. hotel stay
No.88 Qingcheng Taoqingcheng Avenue, Dujiangyan
Emei Mountain Lingxiu Hot Springs
Hot springs are dotted around the base of Emei Shan, so it’s a little difficult to select one out of the mix. But the design, ambiance, and quality at the enormous Lingxiu Hot Springs make it worth mentioning. At dusk, the famous mist of Emei Mountain glides over the springs and multi-colored lights brighten up the place – if it’s too much natural beauty for you…
After a day of hiking the unforgiving stairs of Emei Shan, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting in a hot pool and taking in that sight… although visibility isn’t guaranteed.
168 – 200 RMB, not including an overnight stay in the hotel
Highspeed trains run frequently from Chengdu South Railway Station 火车南站 or Xipu Station犀浦站 to Emei Mountain station 峨眉山站. Then take the 12 Bus to Da Jiu Dian Station 大酒店站.
Tel: 0833 5590 370
Zhougong Mountain Spa
If you find yourself at the Bifeng Xia Panda Base, just a few hours outside Chengdu, the Zhougong Mountain Springs are worth checking out. Surrounded by mountains, there are a couple of hotels in this development with thermal baths – and the water comes from thermal sources 3000m below the ground.
There are 2 hotels in the park: The Nanshuige Resort & Spa 楠水阁温泉度假酒 (Tel.: 0835-2329999) and the Zhougong Mountain Dream Spa 周公山梦温泉 (Tel.: 0835-2312388).
Not including an overnight stay in the hotel
Take a bus from Xinnanmen station to Ya’an (90 minutes to 2 hours, RMB 40pp), then get a taxi or mini-van to ZhouGong Mountain 周公山 (RMB 10pp).
Nanshui hostel, Zhougong Mountain Spa Garden, Yucheng, Ya’an
Guergou Ramada Hot Springs
Just 4 hours drive from Chengdu, Guergou Ramada hot spring resort is located in the beautiful scenery Lixian. Rooted in the famous Tibetan and Qiang culture corridor in Aba prefecture, the place is rich in folk customs and cultural scenery, bringing a unique cultural experience for every tourist.
The hotel relies on the snow-capped mountain, where you can enjoy natural thermal mineral spring and healing at the same time.
Kids 109RMB, Adults 268RMB (198RMB on Dianping)
Not including an overnight stay in the hotel
No.33 Wenquan Road, Lixian, Aba Prefecture
Daily bus from Chadianzi 茶店子 to Guergo 古尔沟
Mount Qingcheng is renowned for both the scenic landmarks on the front mountain and the hot springs on the back mountain. Midst the verdant and elegant forests of Mount Qingcheng, as you explore the scenic beauty of the front mountain and then reach the hot springs on the back mountain, you can not only alleviate the fatigue of the day but also extend a sense of serene and carefree Taoist tranquility.
Qingcheng Dao Hot Spring, nestled against the mountainside, features elegantly arranged pavilions and pools, embracing simplicity and authenticity. It stands as the first large-scale hot spring resort on Mount Qingcheng, dedicated to the themes of wellness and health.
The spring waters are drawn from mineral springs 1,600 meters deep underground. In February, Mount Qingcheng still carries a lingering chill, and on snowy days, with more than 40 fully ecological outdoor pools at Qingcheng Dao HotSpring, you can appreciate the picturesque snow scenes of the mountain and forest. Experience the harmonious coexistence of nature and humanity, as if her play stepping into a painting of an other worldly realm.
Address: No.33, Haosheng Road, Dujiangyan County, Chengdu 成都市都江堰市豪生路33号
Opening hours: 13:00-23:00
温泉润泽，隐世逸境 Not far from Chengdu, in Jintang County,the
隐泉·温泉体验中心 White Horse Spring gently permeates the tranquil
A Nourishing Hot Spring,A Hidden Retreat countryside, creating a secluded paradise on the
Yin Spring .Hot Spring Center outskirts of Chengdu. Among the renowned “Eight
Scenic Spots of Jintang”, the White Horse Hot Spring derives its name from a captivating legend: during a severe drought in ancient times, a farmer witnessed a white horse drinking water in a desolate field. When he pursued the horse, it vanished into the ground. The farmer dug a field at the spot where the white horse vanished, and several clear springs emerged. The villages along the way transformed from barren land to fertile soil, and the spring was henceforth named “White Horse Spring”
The source of the White Horse Spring is located within the Yin Spring. Hot Spring Center at the Ocean Spring Resort Chengdu-MGallery.The hot spring center features twenty-one pools with diverse scenes and therapeutic effects. The mist from the pools mingles with the antique-style Chinese carved beams and the pleasantly verdant garden.Visitors, dressed in traditional Hanfu, immerse themselves in a serene and intimate natural healing experience amidst the garden and hot springs.
Address: No.36,Haiquanwan Road. Guancang Sub-district, Jintang County.Chengdu
Opening hours: 10:00-23:00
Shulechi Hot Spring
Without leaving the city, there is a large hot spring destination in Wenjiang, fulfilling the leisure dreams of Chengdu residents during holidays-Shulechi. The hot spring water at Shulechi is drawn from a geothermal source2,050 meters underground in the Jurassic geological layer. Among the 46 hot spring pools, the standout feature is the parent- child cave hot spring area spanning over2,000 square meters. Passing through the“sci-fi sky” and “dreamy river”, entering the cave along the hot spring water, feels like wandering into an underwater dragon palace. It adds a touch of novelty, catering to both children and the “young at heart”.
The most crucial aspect of Shulechi is the character “Le” (joy), which does not only refer to the joy of the hot springs. Being at Shulechi, besides relaxing in the hot springs, there are also leisure activities such as movie screenings, table tennis, and a children’s playground. Spending the Spring Festival here with the family is indeed a good choice.
Address: No.619, Fenghuang North Street, Wenjiang District, Chengdu
If you’re looking for a healing hit of thermal waters inside the city, there are several options in Chengdu, but these 2 are our favourites:
Tang Leyuan 汤乐源
This bathhouse in the South West of Chengdu is modeled on a Japanese onsen, complete with kimono print pajamas and hot stone rooms. They have inside and outside pools (the indoor pools are segregated by gender) and offer a ‘Japanese style’ seafood buffet, big lounge chairs for staying the night and massage services. It’s extremely clean and really quite fun.
Note that this bathhouse requires original passport upon registration, and foreigners, unfortunately, aren’t allowed to stay after midnight.
228rmb (incl. breakfast, hot spring & seafood buffet)
139rmb (incl. breakfast and hot spring)
No.10 South Keyuanyi Road
Herijun Hot Springs Hotel 何日君温泉酒店
Right by Nijia Qiao stop on The Metro Line 1, this bathhouse-hot spring hybrid is well known amongst the Expat community in Chengdu and has been recently refurbished. There are hot and cold pools and steam room and saunas. There are comfy movie chairs and a children’s area for you to take a load off – and of course, there is an area to play Mahjong and cards.
Opening hours: 24 hours
2-8 Nijia Qiao Lu, Renmin Nan Lu, Section 4, Wuhou District
028 8555 3230
A note on Chinese hot spring etiquette:
Changing rooms and inside pools are usually separated by gender, and some require you to be naked – so it’s best to call before you visit if this is something you are not comfortable with.
Outdoor pools are communal, so shower before entering. Natural thermal springs may smell strongly of sulfur – which is why they’re attributed to having healing properties, but this varies between pools with different mineral makeups. Be warned that hot springs are often very busy during weekends and especially on national holidays – and can feel a little like a human hot pot, so go early to avoid crowds.