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Enjoying natural hot mineral springs has become an important global travel trend, and a critical healthcare maintenance and restorative activity, but all too often consumers fail to appreciate the overarching importance of properly informing oneself about mineral springs. Since 2000, Taiwan has witnessed a tremendous trend toward mineral springs development, with 21 hot springs zones arising across the island, and more than 500 new mineral springs operators active in the past five years, with Japanese style, Balinese style, Euro-American and indigenous styled facilities as architecture, horticultural design and landscaping, and spa equipment, have seen these massive new investments generate annual direct operational gross domestic contributions of NT$40 billion. As the hot springs industry has experienced this unprecedented rebirth, consumers have also undergone significant changes in their trends for consuming mineral springs tourism, though a definitive hot springs culture has yet to be elicited, and mineral springs limitations, soaking etiquette, bathing processes, times and the like, have yet to see the emergence of reliable industry standards adoptable as best practices, so whilst the trend appears to be activating an abiding new cultural contribution, we have yet to fully appreciate and elucidate the underlying demands for hot mineral springs. As the genuine purposes of enjoying hot mineral springs have been underestimated, a complete understanding of the significance and purposes of such mineral springs bathing has become all the more critical.

Hot Springs Quality and Poor Quality

Does acidity, or alkalinity, make for a better hot springs? In active volcanic regions, the formation of acidic quality hot springs is relatively faster, but their high temperatures and excessive acidity, make them inappropriate choices for those with weak constitutions or suffering from an active illness. Neutral or alkaline sodium bicarbonate non-volcanic region hot springs, lack particular aromas, colors or taste with which to provide for taxonomic identification, though genuine development of beneficial hot springs is both time consuming and rarified, often requiring as many as ten to twenty thousand years to develop. Hence the particular gratitude that those who enjoy hot springs today must hold as an attitude of respect for the long development of these treasured resources. Only among more older hot springs (where activity has lessened) does one find water quality to have deteriorated such that soaking is inadvisable; highly acidic sulfide springs or sulphur springs are only appropriate for healthy bathers to soak in; while other hot springs may be adaptable to any consumer provided the type of spring is understood as well as the soaking process, time, and limitations.

Hot Springs Types

Hot mineral springs arise, through water escaping from the earth’s crust under high temperature, and after storage agglutination in a particular region, the spring will arise through faults. When the springs have begun to emerge, their local geographic characteristics will affect their types, such that volcanic hot springs have higher temperature mineral springs, while acidic pH sulfur hot springs are characteristic of Taiwan’s Yangmingshan, Beitou, Shamaoshan, and Chinshan (Jinshan). Non-volcanic region hot springs tend to have lower temperatures, and may be characterized by neutral pH balance, colorless, tasteless, and odorless, such as may be found at Hsueh Shan (Xue Shan) or the Central Mountain Range N~S divide across Taiwan.

There is also the muddy hot springs at KuanTzuLing (Guan Zi Ling), or seabed hot springs at Green Island, the radium radioactive springs at Beitoushi, and the cool springs at Su-Ao.

At King’s Resort and Spa, spring is the season fullest of the abundant joy of discovery, surrounded by Hakka style communities on all the adjacent mountains, the King’s Resort and Spa hot mineral springs peaceable community inspire visitors: so our Master Chef is pleased to rely on the finest local, fresh ingredients along with masterful gastronomic culinary techniques and innovation, to develop a truly inspired nouveau Hakka Kaiseki cuisine: so you genuinely cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity- to take leave of the mundane, and enjoy an unsurpassable visit to our hot mineral springs!

Amidst the vistas of those irrepressible cloudy blue skies, the ever positive sunflower shines forth amidst the sunshine creating a naturally beautiful palette! At King’s Resort and Spa, you will find a one-of-a-kind resort surrounded with a myriad of flora, and the charming symphony of cicadas and an orchestra of birds calling. So whilst we maintain our commitment to providing only the very best, most comfortable, natural hot springs bathing experience, amidst unequalled natural beauty and flavorful delicacies representing the finest cuisines, we will not only warm your heart, but help you rejuvenate your entire body. So we hope your entire family will join our entire family together for an unforgettable visit with us at the King’s Resort and Spa!

Following is the proper procedures and precautions:

Soaking Process

1.Pre-bathing: obtain plenty of rest, and ensure adequate body fluids. After any extreme exercise or eating, or on an empty stomach, soaking should be avoided as contraindicated.

2.During soaking:

  • a.pouring bath- foot bath- partial body bath- full body soaking
  • b.medium temperature bath-soaking-partial open air pool-frigid cool pool-traditional herbal/pharmaceutic pool- ultrainfrared sauna- aromatherapy sauna- frigid cool pool-mineral springs inhalation
  • c.mineral springs soaking- German style pressure pool
  • cross-combination of a,b, and c –infrared sauna

3.After soaking:blow dry your hair, dry off your body, immediately dress to prevent catching a cold. Ensure adequate body fluids, for appropriate rest, and to minimize any discomfort.

Bathing Time

  • 1.Soak each time for about 10~20 minutes
  • 2.In the 42℃ and above zone, soak only for 3~5 minutes maximum
  • 3.In the German style pressure zone use each for 5 minutes, for a total of 10 minutes altogether
  • 4.Sauna bathe for 5~10 minutes
  • 5.Ensure that each equipment routine is separated by at least a five minute rest and appropriate intake of additional replacement body fluids before proceeding further.