There are natural hot springs at this Tang-period retreat. Most are capped, but there is a fountain where people can test the warmth and mineral content of the springs. We were amazed so many people were visiting this site around 18 miles from Xi'an.
At the entrance is a gigantic bronze-looking statue of the Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei. The romantic story connected with the statue is that Concubine Yang was the emperor's favorite. One night he had a dream about dancing; he woke up and had Concubine Yang dance this remembered dream. In keeping with this romantic history, there are plans to construct a wedding hall on the site.
The hot springs were funneled into various baths. The Emperor's, one for chefs, one for the Crown Prince, and one for Concubines (this one is in the shape of a lotus). There are also rooms where Empress Xici stayed for 6 months, and where you can see a bullet fired at Chiang Kai-shek when he sought refuge here.
Although this site is very popular with Chinese visitors, we were somewhat under-whelmed. The statues, however, mostly due to their grand scale, were amazing. We visited en route to a Happy Farmer Restaurant in the middle of a persimmon grove (excellent food!), and were happy we did. Is it worth the admission price of 110 yuan? Not to us.
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