Hot spring tour in Beijing

Best for entertainment Feng Shan Hot Spring Resort ( 凤山温泉度假村 )



Nestled in the mountains by the Ming Tombs, this hot spring impresses when it comes to sheer numbers. With over 50 mini pools inside and 18 pools outside, all filled with natural hot water, you should find at least one that’s free of other people. And, if you don’t, you can arrange private use (6,800RMB per pool for four hours, 20 people maximum).


Scenery Inside, the decor is all fake boulders and identikit tropical greenery, albeit more classily done than most resorts. Some of the pools tend toward an amusement park, with rain-shower beds, elephants spouting water and a backdrop of cheesy windpipe music. We suggest instead heading outdoors, where simple hot pools, hot stone kang beds, mountain views and trees provide a more authentic experience.



Facilities The entrance fee covers free use of the 25m by 12.5m swimming pool; a fruit-and-biscuit-filled snack bar; a 63-person cinema, which often shows English-language films (fittingly, the watery Titanic was playing when we visited); and an internet café. Extras include massages (from 98RMB for 40 minutes) and herbal baths (from 98RMB). The restaurant serves a Chinese-style buffet for 60RMB.


Luxury factor Ten years ago, this resort would have been the height of opulence. Today, its charms have faded with wear and tear but the pools and towels are clean, the changing rooms are well-stocked with decent shampoo, soap and hairdryers, and there are mountain views (albeit obscured by trees in places).


How to get there Take bus 925 from Jishuitan (积水潭) station to its final destination. The spa’s entrance is opposite the stop.


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