Shiqian Ancient Hot Spring

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Shiqian Ancient Hot Spring

by Live in Guizhou


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Shiqian is a small country in Tongren City, southwest of China’s Guizhou Province. It is famous for its rich, high-quality hot spring resources. Shiqian Ancient Hot Spring is one of China’s oldest hot springs. The facility’s construction began during the 34th year under the rule of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty. The hot spring has over 400 years of history and is the only natural mineral hot spring in China to be used for bathing and drinking.

Covering an area of more than 80,000 square meters, the hot spring has 138 indoor and outdoor pools, and its daily water output is more than 10,000 tonnes. The gush’s temperature remains at 45℃. Containing more than 20 kinds of trace elements beneficial to the human body, the natural spring water is untainted and may be imbibed directly in addition to filling your bath. It is hailed as “The Greatest of the Magic Hot Springs” in this context.

In the county of Shiqian, impoverished villagers used local hot springs to wash clothes, vegetables and smoked meat, but these days, the springs have washed away their poverty and translated into big bucks. Shiqian was named “the hometown of hot springs in China” and “the hometown of mineral water in China” in 2009 by the China Mining Association.