Huaqing Hot Spring has been the site of a famous imperial bathing pool and various palace complexes over its 3,000 year history. It is a National Cultural Relic and one of China's Hundred Famous Gardens.
1)Take Tourism Bus No.5 (306), the special route bus from Railway Station to the Terracotta Warriors via Huaqingchi Station, at the East Square of Xian Railway Station and get off at Huaqingchi Stop.
Bus fare: CNY6
Estimated Travel Time: 45mins.
2)Bus 307 from the south gate of Tang Paradise to Huaqingchi Station.
Bus fare: CNY 7
3) Bus 914 and 915 also run to Huaqing Hot Springs and Terra Cotta Warrors, but they are not suggested to take.
4)Take bus 5101 from Lintong Bus Station.
If you are having a Xian package tour,our Xian travel guide will introduce you to see the Huaqing Hot Spring,which is one of the Xian tourist attractions,thus giving you a complete sightseeing in Xian.
Huaqing Hot Spring is a natural spring at the foot of Mt Lishan in Lintong County, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. This hot spring is known as China's famous hot spring resort. Huaqing Hot Spring owns 6000 years history of hot spring use and 3000 years history of royal garden architecture.
There are four springhead in Huaqing Hot Spring. They are all in a stone hole and the existing circular pool has the radius of about 1 meter with clear, colourless and transparent water seen at the bottom.The water temperature is stable in 43 degrees or so.
One of the four springhead was found in the Western Zhou Dynasty in the 11 th century(771 BC), while the other three were developed after liberation. The water in the spring contains various minerals and organic materials including lime, sodium carbonate, silica, alumina, sulphur, sodium sulfate and so on.
The thermal spring water is not only suitable for taking a bath or shower, but also for particular treatment of dermatosis, rheumatism arthritis and muscular pain. The bath building covers an area about 3000 square meters, and has over 100 bath pools with various of shapes. The big bath building can serve nearly 400 people at the same time.
Huaqing Hot Spring includes a very long recorded history of almost three millenia, having functioned as the location for many palaces built throughout the reigns of previous Chinese dynastic rulers, such as King You of the Zhou Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty, and an expanded version by Wu Han of the Han Dynasty. Beneath the Tang emperors Taizong and Xuanzong, the palace framework was rebuilt and renamed the Huaqing Palace. However, through the events linked to the An Lushan rebellion, a lot of damage done to the site.
The famous love story between Tang Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei (Lady Yang) can be seen from the poem Song of Regret which was written by Tang famous poet named Bai Juyi.
The poem recites:
On a cold spring day, he bestowed upon her the honor of bathing with him at the Huaqing pools
The waters of the hot springs were smooth, and washed over her pale white skin.
The palace maids helped her to leave the pool, because she was too delicate and lacked strength.
This was when she began to receive the emperor's advances.
Additional recent users seemed to be the Empress Dowager Cixi and Chiang Kai-Shek . However, these two used the hot spring with an unhappy occasions. The Empress Dowager stayed at the Five-Room Hall in the hot spring complex while Beijing was indeed occupied by the Eight-Power Allied Force in 1900. Just about four decades later, Chiang Kai-Shek was residing in the same room once the Xian incident happened.
Come out of Tiananmen, and then enter into the largest city-central square of the world Tian'anmen Square. It is 500 meters wide ,880 meters long and the ground is paved with light granite slate disposed through special technology treatment. The flag-raising ceremony at sunrise and flag-lowering ceremony at sunset are the most magnificent rites
Nine-dragon Lake is next to the Furong Lake scenic area and it is an artificial lake built in 1959 . The lake is divided into two lakes, and there is a nine-dragon bridge stretch across them. Nine-dragon bridge has eight dragons spitting water over the bridge and one dragon under the bridge, then the name nine-dragon came out. To its south and east coast, there are palaces like Chenxiang Palace, Feishuang Palace and Yichun Palace. All these palaces are decorated with red colour and matched with pine, cedar, willow and lawn.
Song of Regret, a famous poem written by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi to describe the love story between the Tang Ming Emperor and Yang Guifei, was loved by Mao Zedong (the top leader of the People's Republic of China from 1949-1976) deeply. He wrote this poem on the wall which is today's Book Wall of Song of Regret. The book wall is spectacular and magnificent with about 10 meters in length, 20 meters in height.
Tang Operras and Recreations is the first royal music art school in Chinese history which was created by the Tang Emperor Xuanzong. It is a center gathering music, dance and drama. It is regarded as the founder of Chinese opera arts.
Huaqing Hot Spring is a comprehensive scenic spot assembling tourism, cultural relics, garden, bath, entertainment and food. There, you can appreciate the natural sceneries and enjoy the hot spring.
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