A hot springs soak a day helps the stress melt away. Beijing, particularly the areas of Daxing and Changping, is home to numerous hot springs, famous for their supposed healing properties. Whether you're in need of some relaxation after a day spent sightseeing or want to treat yourself to some pampering, Beijing's hot springs and public outdoor baths may be just what the doctor ordered.
Set in the mountains near the famous Ming Tombs, the Fengshan Hot Springs Resort is one of the best in the Beijing area, famous for its sheer number of pools—18 outdoors and more than 50 mini indoor pools filled with natural hot spring water pulled from deep underground.
Jiuhua Resort, nicknamed "Little Hot Soup Mountain," is one of the most historic hot springs sites, built where Empress Dowager Cixi once bathed. This resort features 80 different indoor and outdoor pools and over a dozen types of herbal baths.
Visitors pressed for time can combine a visit to one of Beijing's must-see attractions, such as portions of the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, or the Forbidden City, with an afternoon at a nearby hot springs resort. These combo packages are a great way to ensure you see the sights and have time for relaxation.