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Five hot spring resorts near Shanghai(2)

2015-01-04 11:29    Web Editor: Li Yan



Where: Nestled in a bamboo forest near Changzhou, the sprawling Yushui Hot Spring has 52 outdoor pools and a spa that offers a variety of treatments such as Swedish massages and detox health sessions. The pools are located less than 50 metres from the (unaffiliated) Yushui Hot Spring Hotel. The hotel labels itself as a five-star establishment but that's not quite the case, not in terms of service standards anyway. The rooms do not come with hot spring access but they do have pretty good views of the surroundings. Besides getting soaked in the mineral rich waters, you can also take a stroll through the tranquil bamboo forest and around Tianmu Lake.

Price: Room rates start from 700RMB a night. Entry to the hot springs costs 218RMB per person.

Getting there: Buses from the Shanghai South Bus Terminal (77RMB) depart for Liyang Bus Station at either 6.30am or 8.30am, arriving in three hours. From the Liyang terminal, take Bus 109 and alight at the Tianmu Lake stop.

Tianmu Lake South Hill Bamboo Sea is at Liyang, Jiangsu (0519 8793 5999; www.spawor.com).


Where: The Links Hot Spring Resort in Rudong, about a two-hour road trip north of Shanghai, offers travellers a quiet reprieve from winter chills with their nine hot spring baths. In contrast to most hot spring resorts around China, this one does not add gimmicky ingredients into the water, preferring natural hot spring water of varying temperatures – there are three main dip sites indoors, joined by a further six outside as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Inside the hotel is a Turkish-style hammam bathhouse and spa treatment rooms. The resort also has an expansive golf course and is said to be popular with bird-watchers, so bring your clubs or binoculars. The remote nature of the resort means you're rarely disturbed.

Price: Rates for a deluxe twin room start from about 730RMB a night.

Getting there: Hop onto the shuttle bus service from the Shanghai Caohejing Hotel to the resort, which costs 250RMB per person for a round trip.

Links Hot Spring Resort is at West Side of Kuagang Bridge,Yangkou, Rudong county, Jiangsu province (0513 8086 9999; www.linkshotel.cn).

Kayumanis in Tangshan
                  Kayumanis in Tangshan


Where: If you're looking to escape the cold in China for the sunny island of Bali but don't actually want to take the five-and-a-half-hour flight there, then you might want to consider settling for an intimate and luxurious Balinese-style getaway on the outskirts of Nanjing instead. The Kayumanis Nanjing Private Villa & Spa, located just 90 minutes from Shanghai, provides guests with a private villa experience that includes an attached hot spring bath drawing thermal water from the famous Tangshan Mountains, said to have been used exclusively by Chinese royalty during ancient times. Such luxury does not come cheap, but it's an indulgent, high-class experience that really does transport you away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, if not quite all the way to Bali. They also organise a host of activities, including a tour of the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum and cycling around the charming nearby farms.

Price: Rates for a private villa start from 4,180RMB a night.

Getting there: There are frequent trains departing from Shanghai South Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Nanjing South Station (with prices from 47RMB); the fastest gaotie trains take just one hour. The resort provides free pick-up service from the station.

Kayumanis Nanjing Private Villas & Spa is at 12 Wenquan Lu, Sizhuang, Tangshan, Jiangning district (25 8410 7777; www.kayumanis.com)

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