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Eastern Hainan |
Travel south from Haikou about an hour and a half on the East Expressway to get to Qionghai City. This region includes the beautiful Wanquan River, the Permanent Site of the Bo'Ao Economic Forum for Asia, and Dongyu Island. It is also the home of the legendary "Red Women's Brigade" from the revolutionary period. Located to the East of the Island, Famous both domestically and internationally as a "spa town" Qionghai offers the most comprehensive spa and relaxation packages in all of China. It is definitely one place not to be overlooked as part of any trip to Hainan.
- Guantang Hot Springs
Located in the foothills of the Baishi Ridge, it is hard to find a place like Guantang anywhere else in the world. The heavy concentration of minerals such as sulfur and hydrogen sulfide creates a rather strong "rotten egg" smell, but the other minerals, which include fluorine, silicon, and strontium chloride, make the water so relaxing and have such a pleasant effect on the skin and circulatory system, that it is very easy to overlook this minor problem.
Water temperatures range from a pleasant 30oC to a hot 45oC. Local residents of the area have used the hot springs since time immemorial to cure aches and pains, heart conditions, skin conditions, as well as chronic diseases. In Chinese traditional medicine it is believed that this sort of hot spring will dispel wind and dampness. Medical experts in recent years have also explained the positive effects that bath therapy has on skin, the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, as well as kidney function. The natural flow of Guantang is around 10-15 liters per minute and ranges in temperature from 52-68oC.
From Haikou take the East Expressway 88 kilometers. Get off the Expresswat at the Qionghai/Tunchang/Bo'Ao Exit and travel 24 kilometers east on the S201.
- Guantang Hot Springs Recreation Center
The hotel features low and high temperature pools as well as a 7200 swimming pool. Since it was built, numerous Chinese and foreign dignitaries have visited this hotel.
Office: Guantange Hot Springs Tourism Development District; Qionghai Country
- Baishi Ridge Hot Spring Holiday Village
This resort features a selection of over 30 different varieties of aromatherapy and medicinal pools. Visitors can enjoy the enchanting scenery and the hot springs at the same time.
Office: Baishi Ridge Scenic Areal; Qionghai Country
- Fuhai Hot Spring Holiday Village
There are more than 60 different pools here with a wide range of temperatures, medicinal uses, and aromatherapy treatments. There is even a pool with gararufa fish to gently nibble way at your dead skin.
Office: Guantang Hot Spings Toruism Development District; Qionghai Country
2). Bo Ao
The permanent home of the Bo'Ao Economic Forum for Asia is located at the junction of the South China Sea and the Wanquan River. It is a beautiful natural area with a wide range of activities including eco-tourism, golf, recreational facilities, and high quality MICE service. The Dongyu Island hot springs located at Bo'Ao are a rare luxury and an indulgent pleasure.
- Dongyu Island Hot Springs
The Dongyu Island Hot Springs were built with investment from the Cosco Bo'Ao Development Co., Ltd. Adjacent to the world-renowned Bo'Ao Economic Forum for Asia and the Sofitel Hotel they feature a total area of 78,000 square meters. These open air springs are a real treat, and offer bathers the rare opportunity of beautiful ocean views while they enjoy the warm springs. The mineral content of the springs is up to nearly 75 grams of sodium per litre making it the saltiest spa on Hainan Island. The natural water temperature is as high as 72oC. The physiotherapy, rehabilitation, health and leisure facilities here are among the most comprehensive in Asia. Tastefully decorated with slabs of Yunnan marble, this is a spa wonderland with tropical beaches and aromatherapy treatments ranging from lemon to coconut milk, ginseng to aloe and mint, roses to lavender, coffee and even tea.
From Haikou go south on the East Expressway about 100 kilometers Exit at Shibapo and go a further 12 kilometers in the direction of Bo'Ao.
- Sofitel Bo'Ao
The Bo'Ao Sofitel is currently the largest hot spring hotel in Hainan. Experience the twin pleasures of seeing the sea while you soak in the hot springs.
Office: Dongyu Island, Bo'Ao Town; Qionghai Country
- Golden Coast Hot Spring Hotel
Golden Coast Hoe Spring Hotel has large, medium and small hot spring pool and spa houses. The landscaping of the gardens was inspired by Bali.
Office: Jinhai'an Avenue, Bo'Ao Town; Qionghai Country
Your last stop on the eastern side of the island is Sanya. Known in ancient times, as Yazhou or the "Deer City", Sanya is located at the southernmost tip of Hainan. It is home to some of the best coastal scenery on the Island, as well as the majority of Hainan's most scenic areas. It is not an exaggeration to say that Sanya's sun, sea, and beach make it truly unforgettable, and it is not surprising that Sanya is widely known throughout China as an Oriental Hawaii.
- Pearl River Nantian Hot Springs
The Pearl River Nantian Hot Springs are located in the Crabapple Bay Tourism District on the east side of Sanya Country. Another name for the Nantian Hot Springs is the "Heavenly Hot Spings". With a temperature of 57 oC, the daily flow is over 8000 cubic meters of water. According to the Chinese Ministry of Geology and Mineral Resources hot springs with such a high flow rate are very uncommon throughout the world.
Ranging from fluorine to silicon and beyond there are many useful minerals and trace elements in the waters at Nantian. The water here is not only beneficial to the skin but it also has a positive effect on the circulatory and nervous systems. It is said that bathing here can help improve both your health and physical fitness.
From Sanya go east 16 kilometers on the East Expressway. Exit at the Tengqiao/Linwang Exit and travel north a further 4 milometers on the G223.
- Nantian Hot Springs Holiday Village
This resort village has a large collection of hot spring pools ranging from very large to small. With facilities for both business and leisure there are a wide variety of features available ranging from private pools to spa villas. The day spa facilities are extensive. Aromatherapy ranges from red wine scented pools to coffee, vanilla, medicinal herbs, and coconut milk. There is also a fish spa, a wave pool, and a massage center. For a bit of fun there is also a small water park. The Chinese Tourism Industry has awarded recognition to the spa as one of the best domestic hot spring resorts.
Office: Crabapple Bay Tourism Area; Sanya Country
- Tianyuan Hot Springs
Located in the heavily Islamic influenced Henghuang Town on the west side of Sanya, the Tianyuan hot springs offer over 80 different types of pools, baths, and jacuzzis. This was one of the first hot springs in China to offer Turkish fish spa therapy. A truly unique experience, which involves sitting very still in a large pool while fish gradually surround you and nibble away at your dead skin. It's ticklish and pleasant sensation that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
Head waast on Yingbin Road. Once in Fenghuang Town make a left at the turn for Shuijial Village and go a further three kilometers.
Office: Shuijiao Village; Sanya Country
Fish Spa Therapy is a way of clearing out pores, expelling waste and toxins, and rejuvenating your skin. The fish pools are stocked with 3-4cm long gararufa fish, which naturally thrive in high temperatures. They feed on your dead skin and the various microorganisms that also thrive there. When the school of fish pecks at you it tickles in a pleasant way. This kind of non-medical drug-free natural therapy is a good treatment for common skin disease, scars and fungal infections such as Athlete's Foot.
Leave Qionghai and travel south a short while to get to the second stage of your journey, Wanning. The Wanning Country is located in the southeastern part of Hainan Island. Known as "Wanzhou" in ancient times, this region is home to a number of national 4A level tourist spots, including the Xinglong Tropical and Botanical Gardens. In addition to the hot springs, Wanning has a number of other activities to offer, such as also golf, mountain climbing, surfing or sunbathing.
- Xinglong Hot Springs
Located in the South of the Island, the hot springs at Xinglong were among the earliest to be opened to tourist development in Hainan. There are about a dozen naturally occurring springs here, with a high fluorine and soluble silica content. The year round water temperature is between 40oC and 78oC.
From Haikou travel about 160 kilometers south. Exit at Shimei and go a further 10 kilometers inland to Xinglong Town.
- HNA Kangle Gardens Resort Hotel
In addition to the warm and hot pools for adults, one of the special features of the Kangle Gardens Hotel is a wading pool for children. There is also a massage therapy center.
Office: Xinglong Tourism Development Area; Wanning Country
Treasure Island Hot Spring Hotel
There are a wide variety of private spa pools with fresh flowers, Chinese medicine, fish and other spa treatments to choose from.
Office: 1 Wenquan Avenue, Xinglong Tourism Development Area; Wanning Country