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Huaqing Hot Springs

Huaqing Hot Springs

Located at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lindong County of Shaanxi Province and 30 kilometers from Xian, Huaqing Hot Springs, is a major place of interest as well as scenic area.

According to the historical records, the temporary imperial abode was constructed there during the  Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties. In the 6th year of Emperor Xuanzong’ reign in the Tang Dynasty(747) it was expanded on a massive scale by turning it into bathing pools, ringing the Mount with palace buildings, to protect the outer circular defensive wall, which was renamed Huaqing Palace. As the palace was built upon the hot springs, it was also called Hot Spring Pools. In 756, it was reduced to ruins by the flames of war. Most of the existing buildings were constructed in the Qing Dynasty and after the liberation of China.

Huaqing Pools are fascinating for their exquisite and picturesque characteristics that include pink peach blossoms, green willows, dense foliage, beautiful pavilions and terraces, magnificent halls, rolling towers, winding corridors, long verandas, and Jiulong(Nine Dragons) Lake. This lake is clear and mirrors the pavilions and towers.

Huaqing Hot Springs is famous because it used to be bathing site for imperial families during the Zhou, Qing, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties. Lady Yang, the highest-ranking imperial concubine was also privileged To Bathe in Huaquing Pool, “In Time Of Freezing Spring, And In Slick Hot Spring Water, Rinsed Her Soft Creamy Skin?” This is quoted from a poem. Present-day, there are four springs flowing out with a total capacity of over 110 tons of water per hour at the constant temperature of 43 degrees centigrade, which is good for bathing.