At somewhere above 40ºC in most parts of China during summer, the heat wave gets the worst out of everyone, sending people to hot springs, beaches and swimming pools. Everyone needs to chill but in different ways.
For those who can’t swim, caution is always advised around pools and beaches.
However, if you appreciate quietness and some kind of privacy, hot springs may just be the best way to fight the heat wave–and most beautiful women know that.
The pictures I used in this article are from a Chinese woman named Carolina; they inspired my writing.
The location of most hot springs are always far away from the busy cities; most times located at the foot of a mountain.
On a first visit to hot springs in China, you’ll be amazed at the level of hospitality offered. Would you expect anything less than luxury from a spa resort?
Good news! It’s surprisingly cheap, as visitors pay a token to relax.
At this particular hot spring in Daqing, a beautiful location in Heilongjiang, China, you’ll get a chance to see pandas while observing nature at its best.
Daqing is known as the Oil Capital of China and has experienced a phenomenal boom since oil was discovered there in 1959. It has become a popular tourist location that boasts of fertile grassland, far-reaching reed marshes and lakes, natural forest and most importantly, the unsophisticated Mongolian flavor gives visitors tasty meals to be enjoyed in the city.
Hot spring is a kind of geo-thermally heated natural spring with a water temperature 5°C (10°F) or more above its surroundings.
Its temperature can range from 10°C (50°F) to 100°C (212°F). The most suitable temperature for soaking or bathing is between 35°C (95°F) and 45°C (113°F), experts say.
The water issuing from a hot spring is heated by hot rocks inside the Earth’s crust.
Daqing hot spring, just like any other, “is usually rich in minerals like carbonate, calcium, sulfur, vitriol, chloride, etc, so it has some therapeutic effects on various diseases such as some skin diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and anemia.”
Though it’s summer and damn hot, especially in the north, Daqing Spa Resort feels like winter. The natural landscape of treats one to snowflakes, most times. The best time to visit this location is summer and autumn.
As you enjoy the bubbles from natural hot springs, only one thing comes to your mind–the beauty of nature.
The heat wave disappears around hot springs–bestowing on bathers, a trace of winter cold, cool breeze, refreshing air, and letting you bask in comfort.
In addition to a bunch of other benefits from hot springs, experts argue that lounging in the water comes with some amazing beauty effects.
They say both the picturesque locations and the claimed medical value some of these spring spas have, are beauty-enhancing.
Hot springs have become popular tourist destinations for people who wish to have a date with nature; and to put the worries of this world behind.
Are you planning on visiting a hot spring? Take note of these safety points:
Hot spring is, no dounts, the best way to drive out the chills and blues in winter; and a good way to keep cool in summer.
It is good for everyone’s heath–young or old.
Hot springs cure a lot of diseases. However, some medical conditions make it unsuitable for all. Let’s have a look of some pieces of advice given by medical experts.
1. Remember not to soak in within one hour before or after meals. Do not soak when you are hungry or drunk.
2. Know the water quality and mineral content of the spring, and choose the one suitable for your physical condition or diseases. Spring water with too much acid are not suitable for soaking.
3. Remember to take off all your metal jewelry or accessories before bathing, preventing them from being eroded by certain minerals that some springs may contain.
4. Hot Springs with very hot water are not suitable for soaking. The best temperature for soaking is between 35°C (95°F) and 45°C (113°F). You should first feel the water with hands or feet and put your feet in the water for a while, and then slowly soak into the water. Never dive into the water directly. Try the spring of lower temperature first and the warmer water step by step.
5. It is not advisable to soak for a long time. You can soak for 15 to 20 minutes at one time and rest for a while before take another bath. Massaging yourself or swimming in the hot spring are good for health.
6. You’d better not go to the spa by yourself as sometimes unexpected things can happen. If you feel stuffy in the chest, dizzy and faint, or thirst, come out of the spring immediately and have a rest and a drink.
7. Generally you don’t have to wash the body after the hot spring bath, as the beneficial element of the spring can be better absorbed. However, you need take a shower if the spring has a lot of acid or sulfated hydrogen. For people with dry skin, it is recommended to use skin lotion to prevent moisture loss.
Important Note: Hot spring is not suitable for people who have a sensitive skin, a wound or who have just had an operation.
Pregnant women and patients suffering from diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure are unsuited for soaking unless they have taken doctor’s advice.
People who fall asleep difficultly should not soak for a long time.
Zhaoyuan Town, of Zhaoyuan county in Daqing, is the fourth largest port in Heilongjiang. It has tourist yachts which offer trips to the docks at the Sino-Russian border.