Rehai Hot Spring in Tengchong County, Baoshan
Chinese Name: 腾冲热海风景区
Chinese Pinyin: Teng Chong Re Hai Feng Jing Qu
English Name: Rehai Hot Spring of Tengchong
Type: hot spring
Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
Recommended Visiting Hours: 3 hours
Ticket: RMB 60
Location: Tengchong City, Baoshan City, Yunnan Province
Rehai Hot Spring
Tengchong Rehai Hot Spring Scenic Area, commonly known as Rehai, is located in Qingshui Township, southwest of Tengchong County, about 10 kilometers from Tengchong County. There are more than 80 hot springs in the this area, offering the water over 90 °C. You can see the hot springs screaming everywhere, making the scenic area foggy. Rehai Hot Spring provides soft water in high temperature and high salinity, which are beneficial to the health. It is the best place for geothermal therapy in China.
Why is Rehai Hot Spring so special?
Rehai is the famous geothermal area in China, also the national AAAAA scenic spot. The water here includes many minerals such as chlorine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and so on which are beneficial to people’s health, especially for the treatment to rheumatism, arthritis, skin disease.
Where is Rehai Hot Spring?
Tengchong Rehai Hot Spring Scenic Area is situated in Qingshui Township, southwest of Tengchong County, about 10 kilometers from Tengchong County.
How to get ti Rehai Hot Spring?
By Mini-bus: take mini-bus in the station on Rehai Road to Rehai directly, 6 yuan per person.
By Bus: take No.2 bus to Rehai, 3 yuan per person.
By Taxi: take taxi from downtown of Tengchong to Rehai, about 40 yuan.
Tengchong is one of China’s three major geothermal areas, known as “Land Abounding in Geothermal Resources”. There are plenty of springs of hot water and hot vapour, called “Hot Sea”. There are quite a number of hot fields as well. Tengchong is a resort where people can travel, take a bath and have medical treatment. The Hot Sea, with an area of 9 square kilometers, lies 20 kilometers away southwest of the county seat and in the center of the geothermal area. There are over 80 springs of hot water and hot vapour, of which there are 14 spring whose temperature reaches 90¡ãC. The spring can be regarded as a rarity as far as their number and geothermal energy are concerned. The most magnificent view is the boiling pool with a temperature of 97¡ãC, so it is called “the Big Boiling Pot” by the local people. There are dozens of big springs of vapour with a temperature of 94¡ãC at the mouths of the springs, where you can steam food.
There are some bathrooms and steam beds for people to take a steam bath or receive medical treatment. There are seven big hot fields located in Ruidian Township in the northwest of the county seat. The hot fields are 1,000 meters long from south to north and 600 meters wide at the widest point. There are many points where hot water wells out, of which there are several dozens of big ones whose temperatures range between 40¡ãC and 95¡ãC. By the Naxinjie Road, there is a hot water pond of over 3,000 square kilometers, which is formed by water gushing from the ground in great quantity. The hot fields are enveloped in mist, especially in the morning in winter and spring.
Tengchong Rehai has been famous for many years. Xu Xiake, a famous geographical scholar of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), once wrote: “looking at the hot vapor from the distance, just like dense fogs rising from the mountain.” Entering the scenic spot, walking along the road, there is the scientific research area, the hot spring entertainment pool, the Pearl Fountain, the Gumingquan, the Beauty Pool, and then is a big boiling pool with above 3 meters in diameter and a temperature of 97¡æ. The water here includes many minerals such as chlorine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and so on which are beneficial to people’s health, especially for the treatment to rheumatism, arthritis, skin disease.
Big Boiling Pot (Dagunguo)(大滚锅)
The most magnificent view of the “hot sea” is the boiling pool with a temperature of 97¡æ. So it is called “the Big Boiling Pot” by the local people. It is above 3 meters in diameter and 1.5 meters deep. There are dozens of big springs of vapor with a temperature of 94¡æ at the mouths of the springs, where you can steam food. There was a legend that once upon a time, an ox drank salty water of spring and dropped into it owing to its carefulness. When the shepherd boy turned back with villagers, the ox has already become beef. The two Chinese characters “ÈÈº£” (Hot Sea) were carved on the stone standing 30 meters away from “the big boiling pot”. There are some bathrooms and steam beds for people to take a steam bath or receive medical treatment
The Hamazui Fountain(蛤蟆嘴)
Small path leads you to the Zaotang River, after passing through a section of stone stairs, little by little the Zaotang waterfall comes into view. The waterfall is not very big but the scenery around it is spectacular. On the left, a fountain looks like two frogs spraying out hot spring water, called The Hamazui Fountain by local people; while on the right, there is a fountain whose shape like the head of a lion, trickling hot spring water is dropping into the Zaotang River. Around the Zaotang River, fountains, hot springs, vapor springs are available here and there which make the whole gorge as a huge steam box.
Huataijing Fountain(Pregnancy Well)（怀胎井）
There are many spectacular hot fountains in Zaotang River, among of which is a round fountain called Huataijing. There is a legend that the married woman would become pregnant if they drank the water of the fountain. Other spectacular sights include Gumingquan, Xiaogunguo, Yanjingquan and Pearl Spring, which is a pool of water with hundreds of spray holes in the bottom sending out pearl-like strings of hot bubbling water. All springs have a temperature of £¹£°¡æ. There are seven big hot fields located in Ruidian Township in the northwest of the Tengchong County. The hot fields are 1,000 meters long from south to north and 600 meters wide at the widest point. There are many points where hot water wells out, of which there are several dozens of big ones whose temperatures range between 40¡æ and 95¡æ. By the Naxinjie Road, there is a hot water pond of over 3,000 square kilometers, which is formed by water gushing from the ground in great quantity. The hot fields are enveloped in mist, especially in the morning in winter and spring.
The Rehai Scenic Area is currently open two hot springs for spa: Bath Valley and Beauty Pool, all at an additional charge. There are more than 20 open-air and semi-open-air hot spring pools in Bath Valley(Yugu) Hot Springs. There are many characteristic pools, cedar pool made from cedar wood; coffee pool integrated into Yunnan small-grain coffee; Aloe pool;even a wine pool with a certain proportion of koji, which can both sterilize and detoxify and eliminate fatigue. The beauty pool, also known as the fairy bathhouse, is made up of three spring streams. It is located under the Quanhua group. There are 3 open-air pools, 4 cave pools and a large swimming pool. It is a natural spa park. The springs differs in terms of temperature and mineral.
Heshun Ancient Town is located in 4 kilometers southwest of Tengchong County. With a population of more than 6000, the overseas Heshun people total more than 12000 hence the frame ‘ The Home of Overseas Chinese’. Enjoying long history and civilization of more than 600 years, there is around 1000 traditional folk residences in Heshun, 100 of which is built in Qing Dynasty, known as the ‘Living Fossil of Chinese Ancient Architecture’. You can not only appreciate the romantic charm of Hui-style architecture but also find out some western elements in Heshun Ancient Town. The Chinese and Western style mix together and show a unique charm.
Yunfeng Mountain is a very popular holy place for Taoists. The holy mountain enjoys admiration from the people of Yunnan and Burma. Many people come here for pilgrimages. The most stunning landscapes in Tengchong can also be found on the mountain.
Accommodate at Rehai Hot Spring
There are several spa hotels in scenic area, such as the Beauty Spring Hotel, Yangshengge Hotel and Yvwenquan Hotel. These hotels offers the favorable environment and luxury facilities. Travelers can enjoy the exclusive spring in your room.
Useful Travel Tips
1. Remember to bring swimwear with you;
2. Vapor has a temperature of 94¡æ at the mouths of the big boiling pot, where you can steam eggs, peanuts and corns. But taking a bath in the big boiling pot is forbidden.
3.Before soaking in the hot spring, you need towarm the body at first and adapt to the water temperature and then enter the soup pool to soak, so as to avoid the calming of blood pressure and dizziness caused by anemia. Do not have spa after drinking and meal.
4. Please take off the metal jewelry before you take the hot spring to avoid the jewelry being vulcanized into black.
5. One of eighteen oddities in Yunnan province: eggs are sold by stringing together.
6.Recommended tour time: half a day or a day.