As the winners of the 2nd China Golden Hot Spring Award held in the Tang Dynasty Hot Spring Hotel (Dalian City, Liaoning province) in early September, the Spa resorts of Anning in the west of Kunming must be on your itinerary as the season for hot spring approaches. And around Kunming, three destinations you should know for a best Spa tour.
1.Anning City, 30 km West Kunming
Anning a busy but pretty county level city is located at the foot of Yuquan Mt on the banks of the Tanglang River.
The hot springs in Anning were discovered in the early Eastern Han Dynasty, and are reputed to be beneficial as the warm water (between 36-46C) contains trace elements of various minerals including potassium, natrium, zinc and strontium. There are numerous baths around the town offering indoor springs both public and even an open air Japanese style hot spring, among which these three are the best:
(1)-Jinfang Japanese-style Spa
Add: 1 Longxi Rd., Wenquan Town, Anning City
Tel: 86-0871-6863 1588
(2)-Sheenjoy Spa & Resort
Add: Sheng'an Nan Road, Wenquan Town, Anning
Tel: 86-0871-6863 3006
(3)-Gloria Hotspring Resort Anning
Add: Yangjiaocun, Wenquan Town, Anning
Tel: 86-0871-6603 9777
Bus ride from Xiaoximen to Anning, then transfer local public bus No 12 to Wenquan Town
2.Brilliant Spa, 42 km from Kunming
The hot spring water of Brilliant comes from the high-temperature carbonic acid springs underground. Integrating the minerals of the rocks and abstracting the essence of natural plants, the Spa fragrance therapy will preserve your health and maintain your skin.
Brilliant Spa is located in the Yangzong Lake Tourism and Holiday Zone in Yiliang County. Starting from the city proper of Kunming, go along the new Shilin-Anning Highway, and veer right to the old Shilin-Anning Road until you get to the Brilliant Spa. It takes about 30 minutes before your arrival from Kunming.
Add: Yangzong Lake Resort, Tangchi Town, Yiliang County
30 minutes' drive from downtown of Kunming
3.Huquan Resort & Spa, 150 km from Kunming or 75 km from Stone Forest
One of the best Spas around Kunming, the Huquan Resort & Spa in Mi'le is a good stop for Jianshui-bound (from/to Kunming) travllers to enjoy a night. The resort with the best ecology is rich in geothermal resources and has set up 16 hot spring ponds (both indoor and outdoor) for visitors to "soak" in the wholesome hot spring water while enjoying the nice views of the town.
Add: Mi'le City (150 km from Kunming), Honghe Prefecture
Tel: 86-0873-6388 096
Bus ride from Kunming East Bus Station