Beijing government promotes Chinese hot spring culture to expats

Published:  14 Nov at 6 PM
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As part of a new initiative to encourage expats and their families to explore Chinese culture, a group of foreign residents were given a chance to experience hot spring baths.

Last Saturday, 50 expats and their families were taken on a day trip to a well-known hot spring resort in Beijing’s Changping district. The excursion formed part of a promotion to encourage the experience of Chinese culture and was aimed specifically at resident foreigners.

Invitees came from 10 countries including the USA, the UK, Japan and Germany and were all professionals working in the city. The specially-planned series of activities, known as Beijing Salon – Experience Beijing, is expected to increase the number of expats visiting the city’s many cultural hotspots. Hot spring baths are unique to Asia, and it’s hoped the Chinese versions will become as world-famous and popular as their counterparts in Japan.

The group were all happy to experience the hot springs, and were surprised to find out the tradition as it is practised in Changping is at least 1,500 years old. The area has almost 100 geothermal wells, around one third of the total of hot springs in Beijing, and is a favourite with Chinese families and their friends. The visitors were amazed to find the spa is open all year round, even during Beijing’s freezing, snowy winter months, and many told their hosts they would look forward to bringing their families and friends to share the experience.

Prior to the hot spring spa visit, the same group had been taken round Beijing’s Chaoyang District with its Silk Street and were also given a tour of the Olympic Park, now a favourite with Chinese sports fans. Other traditional events visited included the local Spring Festival, and the ancient, fascinating tea culture of China was also explored.
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