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“Worth a look” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Huaqing Hot Springs

Huaqing Hot Springs
Huaqing Pool, Lishan, Lintong District, Xi'an 710600, China
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Ranked #25 of 248 Attractions in Xi'an
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Owner description: This was the former resort of the Emperors and their concubines (221 B.C. until 907 A.D.) where the imperial couples bathed in the Nine Dragon Hot Spring and Guifei Hot Spring.
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

If your heading to the Warriors, this is another good attraction to visit. Take a few hours here for a leisurely stroll through the Bathing Houses and Gardens. We had a private guide for the day and he was very informative. If its a clear day I would suggest take the gondola to the top of the mountain. Didn’t do this ourselves as there was low cloud and pollution. Well worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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“China's version of the Roman Baths”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

After a trip to the Terracotta Army it makes sense to combine your visit with China's version of the Roman baths as they are not that far apart and as we had chartered a taxi for the round trip from our hotel it made a great day out. Situated at the northern foot of mount Lishan approx 30 km out of town these hot springs used to provide the water for the Emperors bathing pools back in the Tang Dynasty. You can still experience the hot spring within two large basins and wash your hands and face in the mineral rich water, or paddle in the shallow pool situated in these tranquil surroundings all for 110REM per person. There is also a cable car return trip cost of 60 REM but we advised prior to purchasing tickets that the waiting time was over an hour and the park closed at 5pm and it was already gone 4pm so we were unable to experience this additional attraction. However the remainder was well worth a visit. Recommended.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth it if on route to Terracotta Army”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This place has some very interesting history. It's a story of love found, and love lost. Its somewhat of a fable that tour guides clutch onto for all dear life! Truth be told... It's a natural hot spring, a beautiful setting, some early clever engineering, but not much more. I didn't catch the cable car, but I have a feeling that it may have been a highlight of the trip. Nearly 90% of this park has been rebuilt in the last 20 years so may not be the historical landmark you're looki for, but with a flying visit on route to the terracotta warriers.

Visited September 2013
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“it's worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you like beautiful Tang dynasty Architecture and visiting places with rich history, go for it. Plus it 43 degrees celsius spring water makes me want to live in a nearby resort and spend the whole day in the hot springs ;)

Visited September 2013
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“Added bonus for a trip to the Terracotta Army”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The Huaqing Hot Springs and Palace ruins are on a sprawling complex in the foothills of Lishan Mountain. This place is on the way either to or from the Terracotta army and if you're doing a DIY tour with the local public buses, then you can get the bus to drop you off or pick you up at Huaqing - the bus stop is some 300 or 400 m from the entrance to the complex. You can show an ISIC international student card to get a discount on the admission price, I think we paid something like RMB50 to get in.

Inside there are a few very old original baths originally fed by springs and a much larger collection of modern reproduction buildings in typical chinese Tang style.

However the one thing you can easily miss is that one of these buildings - a tallish 3 story one with no windows - houses a fairly impressive 3D Audio-Visual presentation. When I was there this was badly signposted. You have to put protective shoe covers on to stop excessive dust getting into building and messing up the AV show. The show attempts to set some context for the chinese audience of what they are about to see - when I was there in March 2013 it really was all in chinese - you can obviously watch and appreciate something, it would be great if they could put up some subtitles for the foreigners. It's worth having a look if the queue is not too long - it will take you about 20mins once you're inside to go through the presentations on each floor of the property.

Huaqing is worth a look if you're on the way to or from the Terracotta Army. It doesn't seem to really focus on the foreigner itenaries for Xi'an and many of the visitors here are asian tour groups. But the complex is big enough that you can get away from the madding crowd and appreciate it.

There are evening shows that run from April through to September or October but as I was there in March I didn't get the chance to see this.

Definitely worth a look if your itinerary permits it, but possibly not worth doing a special trip out from Xi'an just for this.

Visited March 2013
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