Located west of Chaoyang Park, this city-based spa feels more like a classy bathhouse than the usual sprawling resorts found in the suburbs. The spring here is natural and has been tapped from 2,500m below ground.
Scenery Tasteful and understated decor and a cave-like aura. Expect to see people chatting quietly, brushing their hair or lolling naked asleep. The single TV screen showing CCTV-3, and the lack of music, is a small dent in an otherwise supremely soothing space.
Facilities Men and women bathe in separate areas and nudity is mandatory. Submerging into the soothing water feels like entering an enormous bath, and each area also includes a spacious sauna and a steam-filled Finnish bath. While a basic buffet is included in the price (the club provides faux silk peach pyjamas to protect your modesty), massages, manicures and scrubs are available for an additional cost.
Luxury factor 198RMB is a lot to pay for a long soak, but the hushed atmosphere, clean facilities and myriad lotions and potions at the dressing tables mean this is relaxation at its best.
How to get there Take a taxi or one of many buses (31, 117, 302, the list goes on) to Chaoyang Park. The club is next to the west gate of the park.
Note: Be sure to bring ID with you to get in. If you're a foreign national, only passports are accepted as identification.