Attraction 關子嶺溫泉 Baihe District, Tainan City, Taiwan 732 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Guanziling Hot Spring is special ?
Guanziling, located 270 meters above sea level, is famous for its hot springs and temples. Guanziling Hot Springs are said to be one of the 4 major hot springs of Taiwan. Created by the earthquake at Baihe Town, the Guanziling Hot Springs are located in mud rock formations. Thus the hot spring water is dark grey and bitter. It also derives the name of “mud hot spring” and “black hot spring”. It is said that the sulfuric properties of Guanziling Hot Springs have healing qualities for a number of skin, nervous, and joint problems or discomforts. In addition, Guanziling Hot Springs and its mud-properties will leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, and thus it is also regarded as a natural source of beauty treatment.
What to explore at Guanziling Hot Spring?
Guanziling Hot Springs are somewhat unique, being the only mud springs in Taiwan. They are of an alkaline carbonatite type, and have a dense sulphuric content. The springs, which have a creamy feel, have a temperature of about 75 degrees Celsius. The spring waters are for bathing only, and not for drinking. After soaking in the springs, the whole body feels relaxed. The springs are effective for treating various medical ailments, such as skin allergies, exhaustion, gastrointestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis, and are known as "nature’s healthy springs". Located at the side of the mountain, there are many hot spring resorts, restaurants, and swimming pools available. There is also a unique place to watch scenery where the natural gas co-exists with the spring water. When fire makes contact, a peculiar sight of fire and water is created.
How to get to Guanziling Hot Spring?
Drive on your own:
No. 1 National Highway -> exit from Xinying Interchange ->172 County Road (172縣道) -> downtown Xinying -> Xinying Train Station -> Baihe District -> Honyeh Tunnel ->Guanziling Hot Spring
Take train to Xinying Train Station. From there, take Xinyin Bus bound for Nanliao or Guanziling to Guanziling stop
1.Take Xinying Bus bound for Guangziling from Baihe or Chiayi to Guanziling stop
2.Take Xinying Bus bound for Nanliao or Guanziling from Xinying to Guanziling stop
- A relaxing place - with a little work
- Best hot spring place in Tainan
- Wonderful area in Tainan for hotsprings
- A great place to soak up local culture
- Good relaxing place after a tiring day
關子嶺溫泉 Baihe District, Tainan City, Taiwan 732
Tips for you
Just a few notes to supplement the other reviews. We took the 7214 bus, which runs between Chiayi station and Guanziling. The trick is to stay on the bus until the final stop (Lingding park on Google Maps) rather than get off in the "lower" part of Guanziling as we did and have to walk a way up the hill. Based on these reviews we went to King's Villa Garden (450NT each) and had a good experience. KVG is not marked on Google Maps, but is on the same road as Reikei Hot Spring resort, which is marked, a bit further up. KVG is quite a sprawling complex - the first part of it you'll come to is essentially a carpark, so ignore it and keep following the road which will eventually take you around a corner or two to the main entrance. The entrance fee was not cheap, but included towels and the requisite bathing caps. Essentially the drill for the public pool is: Pay at the entrance Walk around and down stairs until you come to the public pool entrance. Leave shoes in racks at entrance. Enter and receive towel and cap. Go upstairs to a row of private changing rooms Have a shower and put on your swimming gear Leave your clothes and gear in a coin locker (need a NT10 coin you'll get back later - take the key with you) Soak, massage, steam etc - try the feet-cleaning fish (but read online about the supposed health risks) While we waited for the bus back to Chiayi, we tried the local roast chicken at one of several restaurants just across the road and up a little from the park and we enjoyed it a lot.