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Ronghui Hot Springs Resort: Foreign Tourists' Chongqing Favorite

This hot springs spa/resort is one of Chongqing's favorite tourist attractions. It is easy to reach in the city in the Shapingba District. Snacks, Western and Chinese restaurants, Chinese herbal teas, and comparatively low prices help to make your visit enjoyable. Foreign tourists like it for the relaxed affordable luxury and quality.

  • Chinese: 融汇温泉 Rónghuì Wēnquán /rong-hway wnn-chwen/ ‘Thawing Flow Warm Springs’
  • Area: For tourists, the Shapingba business district in the center of Chongqing has five star hotels, the Three Gorges Shopping Street, and Shaping Park.
  • Popular activities: hot springs basking, aromatherapy, massage, meals, snacks, relaxing, herbal medicine
  • Suited to: people who like hot springs, spas, health food, message, Chinese medicine
  • Time needed: 3 hours to a day

Chongqing is known in the country for its hot spring spas. There are about ten hot spring spas scattered around the city. This is generally considered the best in the city by foreigners.

It is located adjacent to a 5-star Radisson Hotel. The hotel and the spa is owned by the same company. The staff in both are well trained and provide luxurious service. You'll be amazed at the facilities.

Highlights

  • Multistory garden, fountains, and steam baths
  • Selected free snacks and teas, including free fruit on the second floor
  • Variety of Chinese medicinal teas and soups
  • Free entertainment
  • Massages, including fish foot message: two fish ponds where the fish nibble at your feet
  • Aroma Therapy Pool Flavors: Licorice, lavender, grapefruit, mint, camellia flower, coffee, milk, green tea, and many others. Many people spend a few minutes in each one to try many. Each pool has a different health benefit or effect on the skin.

The Best Times for a Visit

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November through March are the best months to go. A dip in the warm water feels good when the air temperature is low. A draw back of going during the cold months is that the local Chinese usually go there in cold weather, and it might get crowded. To avoid crowds, go on weekdays, when there are no holidays, and after 10 am.

On the other hand, if you go when it is hot outside, there are so few locals there that you could have the big place almost to yourself.

The Typical Tour

The entrance is right next to the Radisson. When you enter, go to the counter to get an electronic bracelet that allows access to your locker and tallies your purchases so you can pay when you leave the establishment. So no cash is used until you leave.

First go to the locker room. There find your locker where you change and get your sandals and a towel. Everyone must shower before entering the waters.

Then go to the big swimming pool, take a dip, and you are ready for the spa's hot spring pools. There are dozens of different pools. Most are scented with different scents and natural oils. There are English signs describing the health benefit of each pool.

Or you could go to their restaurants and snack bar or relax in the garden.

Travel Essentials

  • Location: Lishuwan Village in Shapingba, Chongqing. Next to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Shapingba that is about 100 meters away.
  • For taxi: 融汇温泉,沙坪坝梨树湾村
  • Metro transport: From Shapingba Metro Station on line 1, take bus 224 that goes to the front of it. It is about a 50 minute walk from that metro station.
  • Open hours: 24 hours.
  • Entrance fee: 135 to 170 RMB (27 USD) depending on day
  • No cameras: photographs are not allowed.

Nearby Attractions

Chongqing/Yangtze ToursCiqikou Old Town: Seven minutes away by taxi, this favorite tourist shopping area has old architecture that dates from the era when it was a porcelain manufacturing and merchant center. As you sightsee, you can shop for porcelain, silver, teas, souvenirs, and other products.

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