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Jinshan Township offers hot springs for the skin

Jinshan Township offers
hot springs for the skin

Jinshan Township is located in Taipei County. The town's springs split into many branches and offers a broad variety of bathing opportunities. Generally, the hot springs located closest to the sea have alkali salt springs or alkali sulphur-chloride springs, the Datun branch offers white sulphur springs and the mountain-base branches offers carbonic acid springs.
The Pingpu tribe migrated to Jinshan 1200 years ago and refer to the area as Jiba li, meaning, "neighborhood of bountiful harvest". After word spread of the golden-colored sulphur mine, the area became known as Jinbao li, "golden deposit" instead of Jiba li.
During the Japanese era, the place was renamed Jinshan or "Golden Mountain" as it is called today. Of course, there is no gold here, but it is certainly rich in mountains and bathing opportunity!
Essentially, Jinshan Hot Spring can be broken down into three separate regions: Old Spring, New Spring and Sulphur Port Spring. The old Spring was discovered during the 25th year of the Guanshyu reign and is located behind the Mazu Temple. It was first developed as a hot spring resort in 1911. The water from the spring is clean enough to drink and is clear. It also has a moderate sulphur content, so feels soft and soothing to the touch. It is considered a medicinal hot spring and has separate public pools for men and women.
The New Spring is a renovated version of the former Jinshan governor's bathhouse. In the 30th year of the Shaohe reign the Japanese governor spent 30,000 yen building the two-story European-style bathhouse. After Taiwan gained independence the place became a fort, where a garrison was quartered. In the years following years, the garrison became dilapidated and windswept and for a while, all that remained of the place was a few sections of column and wall. A few years ago, however, the residents of the area complained about the condition of the building and it was later restored, becoming an attractive and inspiring place to soak.
It would be a mistake to go to Jinshan and not take a dip in one of the hot springs, such as the Tianlai white sulphur spring, and the alkaline salt spring. The hot spring has been measured to have a pH content of between 2 and 3.Tianlai Hot Spring and Mingliu Tang Village are considered the top-class springs in terms of facilities.
On visiting Jinshan Old Street you will discover the mid-priced Sea Gaia Spring Hotel or the Jinshan Governor's Hot Spring with their alkali sulphur chloride, sea-derived and iron springs.
The Jinshan Youth Center hot spring is a public pool where visitors can bath in swimming suits at the mere price of NT$10. Other public springs in the area are free of charge.
Zihping Hot Spring
Not many people know about Zihping Hot Spring on the border of Jinshan Township and Wanli Township. It is not easy to get there and will require a jeep due to deteriorating roads, but, it's for this very reason that the spring offers a feeling of wild freedom to those people in the know. It is rated as one of the top ten springs in the area in terms of cleanliness.
Visitors should be aware, however, that there are no changing rooms, so they should not be afraid to strip in the wilds!
For those who like to maintain their beauty, the mountain mud from the bottom of the pool offers a primative, but effective face mask.
Bei Yen springs
On cold days, you will see a row of cars leading down the path on the way to Bei Yen as dedicated bathers seek to enjoy this wonderful spring's natural beauty (the spring's entrance is about 5.5 kilometers from Bei Yin).
The waters of the spring bubble up to the surface slowly offering delicate massage. Whether by the day or the night, one cave after another provides shelter in which you can indulge in bathing delights while listening to birds calling andf enjoying a gentle cool breeze - just to complete that wild, and ambient experience.