Ruisui-Hongye Hot Springs
The Ruisui Hot Springs, Hongye Hot Springs, and Antong Hot Springs are three large hot springs located in the Hualien Area. Of these, the Ruisui Hot Springs and the Hongye Hot Springs need to be entered from Ruisui Township. Because of this, many visitors mistakenly assume that these two hot springs are a part of Ruisui Township. But actually, administratively speaking, they belong to Hongye Village in Wanrong Township. The Ruisui Hot Springs, which are located closer to Ruisui, are also called the "Outside Hot Springs". The Hongye Hot Springs, which are closer to the mountain area, are called the "Inside Hot Springs".
The Ruisui Hot Springs were opened by the Japanese in 1917. At that time, the Japanese style Tekisuikaku Hotel had a public bathhouse attached. This traditional Japanese style wooden building, surrounded by flourishing forest in a quiet, secluded area, was considered to be one of the top, high-class hotels of that time. The temperature of the Ruisui Hot Springs is about 48°C. The water is of a low-alkaline "Chloride-carbonate" type, and is also abundant in minerals such as iron and barium. After the water's iron content has oxidized into the atmosphere, a layer of muddy, yellow crystallized matter with a light, rusty aroma is left on the surface of the water. This crystallized matter is called "hot water flowers" or "hot spring flowers". Many visitors, upon seeing the springs for the first time, will mistakenly assume that the water is not clean. Actually, this kind of spring water is very good for skin diseases and arthritis. Furthermore, according to medical research, couples who frequently bathe in this kind of low-alkaline hot springs will be more likely to give birth to a son. Because of this, the Rueisuei Hot Springs are also named the "Give Birth to a Son Springs".
The Hongye Hot Springs have a temperature of 47°C. The water is categorized as alkaline "sodium bicarbonate springs", and the water quality is clear and odorless. The water can be used both for drinking and bathing. During the Japanese occupation, the Hongye Hot Springs were already very well known. The Japanese set up a police sanatorium, which became the privately-run Hongye Hot Springs Hotel after the Japanese left Taiwan. The hotel facade has maintained a traditional Japanese appearance to this day. Even the rooms have traditional Japanese tatami beds. The whole hotel brims with a strong nostalgic atmosphere. The blue skies and green trees match the red eaves, causing visitors to feel as if they have gone back in time.
A few years ago, as some Ruisui residents tried to dig up new hot springs close to the Ruisui Hot Springs, they were surprised to find that they had successfully dug up some hot springs that were of the same quality as the Ruisui Hot Springs. Consequently, they started the "Ruixiong Hot Springs Village" in Ruisui Township. It was not long before new digging began opposite Ruixiong Hot Springs Village, resulting in new hot springs of the same quality as the Hongye Hot Springs. The success of unearthing these two hot springs caused a hot springs craze in Ruisui Township, resulting in the opening of many hot springs hostels and hotels in the township, and subsequently attracting more tourists to come and bathe in the local hot springs.
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