Rueisuei hot springs
Eastern Taiwan is well known for its natural hot springs. Among the best known of these are Jhihben, Wulu, and Green Island in Taitung County, and those of Antung, Ruisui, Hongye, and Wenshan in Hualien County. The Rueisuei hot springs were discovered as early as 1919, and public baths were then built. The Japanese-style hotel that operated at that time is still in operation, and has now developed an open-air bathing pool using natural spring waters.
The waters here is rich in iron and emerges from the ground at an average temperature of 48 degrees Celsius.
The latest medical research proves that the PH factor of this carbonate spring water is between 6 and 7, and many believe that the water rejuventaes the body and is excellent for relief from rheumatism and other ailments.
According to local belief, frequent bathing in this kind of water increases the chances of a woman bearing a male child; and this is why the Ruisui springs attract numbers of newlywed Taiwanese couples. Besides soaking inthe springs, visitors to Ruisui can also enjoy other local attractions.
These include the densely wooded Chinan Forest Recreation Area with its beautiful carp lake, trails through primeval forests, a grass-skiing slope, and a children's playground. The nearby Fuyuan Forest Recreation Area has the largest stand of camphor trees in Taiwan, and is also known for its "butterfly valley" and waterfalls.
Butterflies gather in large clouds among the broadleaf trees from March through August each year, forming a living palette of changing colors. The bed of Fuyuan Stream, which runs through the area, is filled with interesting stones, and geothermal springs.
Follow this stream upwards and you will come to a gorge, with precipitous cliffs and stunning waterfalls. Eastern Taiwan is an area of great natural beauty, and the Rueisuei hot springs are one of its crowning glories .