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Hua Qing Hot Spring

Hua Qing Hot Spring, which is located at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Xian City, is well known in China for its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story between the Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). However, the original palace here was built by King You during the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-711 BC), and additional buildings was subsequently made by the First Emperor Qing Shihuang (259 BC-210BC) and Emperor Wu during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24), then at Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong built a luxurious palace here and named it Huaqing Hot Spring or Huaqing Palace.

 

A Visit to the Huaqing Hot Spring

 
Entering the gate, visitors are greeted by two towering cedars, and continue inward passing two symmetrical palace-style plunge baths and turning right, visitor will see the famous artificial Nine-Dragon Lake. With an area of 5,300 square meters, Nine-Dragon Lake constitutes one of the main enchanting sceneries in the Huaqing Palace. Lotus floating on the water and emitting sweet fragrance, a white marble statue of Yang Guifei stands tall by the lake like a shy and appealing fairy. By the way, Yang Guifei was recognized as one of the four most beautiful women in ancient China (the other three beauties are (Xishi in Spring and Autumn periods, Diao Chan in Dong Han Dynasty, Wang Zhao Junin in Xi Han Dynasty). Moreover, the surrounding complex of constructions includes Frost Flying Hall (Feishuang Hall) in the north, Yichun Hall and Chenxiang Hall respectively in the east and west as well as Nine Bend Corridor and Dragon Marble Boat. The Frost Flying Hall, with red supporting pillars and fine-patterned carving, used to be the bedroom of Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei.

Walking southwards through Dragon Marble Boat and several pavilions, visitor will find the Site of Imperial Pool, which is the only one of its kind to be discovered in China. The five remaining pools are the Lotus Pool (for the Emperors' bath), Haitang Pool (for concubines), Shangshi Pool (for officials), Star Pool and Prince Pool.

Huan Garden is the former garden of the Huaqing Palace, including the Lotus Pavilion, Viewing Lake Tower (Wanghu Lou), Flying Rainbow Bridge (Feihong Qiao), Flying Glow Hall (Feixia Ge), and Five-Room Hall (Wujian Ting). It is said that the Flying Glow Hall was once the place where Yang Guifei would overlook the scenery and cool down her long hair. The Five-Room Hall, which was built in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), was the shelter of Empress Dowager Cixi who came to Xian when the Eight-Power Allied Force captured Peking in 1900. This hall is also the temporary residence of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party during the world-famous Xian Incidence in 1936. The Huan Garden is well known for its 9.15 meters long and 3.6 meters high mural, depicting ‘Yang Guifei Was Summoned to Serve the Emperor in Huaqing Hot Spring'.

Hua Qing Hot Spring is not only a place to enjoy the beautiful scenery, but also a place to image the times of prosperous Tang Dynasty.

Hua Qing Hot Spring Notes

Admission Fee:
Dec. 1 - the end of the next Feb: CNY 40
Mar. 1 - Nov. 30: CNY 70
Free for children below 1.2m.

Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 from Apr.1 to Oct.31

Transportation:

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.
From Lintong,
Take bus 5101 from Lintong Bus Station to Huaqingchi Stop.