Friday, January 28, 2022

Jiaoxi, An Exquisite Township and Hot Spring in Taiwan

Surrounded by mountains and close to the ocean, Jiaoxi is a small township in northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County. Featuring an array of hotels, restaurants, and hot spring pools, this cozy township is a favorite weekend resort famous for rare sodium hydrogen carbonate hot springs. 

For more interesting photos of the home to hot springs in Taiwan’s Yilan County, please watch the following video.

The water of the hot springs in Jiaoxi is clear, odorless, tasteless, and maintains an average temperature hovering around 58 degrees Celsius (136 degrees Fahrenheit). As the hot spring is extremely rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and carbonic acid ions, it can leave the skin feeling smooth and healthy.

The glamorous light installations for the 2021 Jiaoxi Hot Spring Light Season.
The glamorous light installations for the 2021 Jiaoxi Hot Spring Light Season. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

In fact, Jiaoxi hot spring just won the Perfect Hot Spring Prize, which is the top prize in the Golden Hot Spring Awards Competition 2021 organized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.

There are an array of hot spring hotels and restaurants in downtown Jiaoxi. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

In addition to the hot spring amenities in luxuriant hotels in Jiaoxi, there are also public hot spring areas where visitors are welcome to enjoy leisurely foot soaking for free. 

Tangweigou Hot Spring Park is an iconic tourist attraction in Jiaoxi Township. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Tangweigou Hot Spring Park

Located in the center of Jiaoxi, Tangweigou Hot Spring Park is an iconic tourist destination in this amazing township. With a small creek flowing through the park, visitors can sit, eat, drink, and soak their feet in the hot spring water, while enjoying the pleasant, soothing ambiance.

Tangweigou Hot Spring Park is decorated with many crafted installations of lighting artworks. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

One of the most unique features of this distinctive hot spring park is the fish pedicure. There are many small pools filled with diverse “doctor fish” that will nibble at your dry, dead skin and bacteria off your feet for a small fee.

Visitors soak their feet in the hot spring water at the small creek flowing through Tangweigou Hot Spring Park. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

This fantastic park is decorated with many crafted installations of lighting artworks, in particular, the two eye-catching giants at the entrance. At night, glittering lights along with the trees and the creek illuminate the entire area, which adds much allure to the nighttime scenery and make the hot spring park even more attractive and romantic.

Tangweigou Hot Spring Park is also famous for its fish pedicures. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Jiaoxi Hot Springs Park 

Covering an area of 5.1 hectares (12.6 acres), Jiaoxi Hot Springs Park is the location where the theme installation artwork of the festival and other genres of light installations are located. 

The Jiaoxi Hot Springs Park. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

What’s special about this little park is that there are free hot spring foot soaking pools, mostly sheltered, in all shapes and sizes. They are a good location for visitors to enjoy a leisurely foot soaking while chatting with friends or family members.

Visitors soak their feet in the hot spring water at the Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Besides, there are also many cute “Jimmy Bunnies” scattered in the park. Some are carrying luggage at a corner adjacent to the bus station; others are sitting on the seesaw; still, others are dancing hand in hand around a tree. There are also three Jimmy rabbits soaking in the hot spring, and there are four rabbits standing on the rock looking up under the trees.

Cute and interesting ‘Jimmy Bunnies’ can be seen in Jiaoxi Hot Springs Park. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

Forest baths 

Forest Baths (森林風呂) is a secluded communal hot spring amenity nestled in Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park. It is a natural environment with a beautiful landscape, with trees and bushes left untouched. It is a great location where visitors can enjoy a relaxing hot spring soak in gender-separated pools naked for NT$80 (US$3). 

The forest baths in Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Yilan Hot Spring Festival

To promote Jiaoxi’s mineral-rich hot springs to boost tourism, the local government has sponsored the Yilan Hot Spring Festival in winter every year since 2003.

The forest baths in Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

The theme of the Hot Spring Festival this year is “Guarding with Everlasting Love,” aiming to reinvigorate the local industries impacted by the epidemic with eternal love. 

The theme installation artwork of the Jiaoxi Hot Spring Light Season. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

The festival this year was celebrated from December 3-12, during which a parade and some other festive activities such as the hot spring gourmet exhibition, concert, and various performances were conducted. 

The art installations at Tangweigou Hot Spring Park. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

In addition, the Jiaoxi hot spring light season runs from November 5, 2021, to March 1, 2022. The striking 5-meter high theme installation of this hot spring light season is a perfect heart shape formed with LED lights. It was erected at Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park along with a wide array of other glamorous sparkling installations, including a two-story-high “Hand of God.”

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Billy Shyu
Billy has a liking for the beauty of nature and authentic traditonal culture. He has published over 100 articles on the beauty of Taiwan, traditional culture, and other interesting topics. He will continue to share more interesting articles with our readers
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