The Anning Hot Spring is a popular holiday resort and tourist destination in Kunming. It lies at 1,795 meters above sea level and is nestled at the foot of the Yuquan Mountain, also known as the Jade Spring Hill, in an area that is lush with trees and a beautifully preserved natural park. Aside from the Yuquanshan, it is also near Congshan Hill in the west and Bijiashan Hill in the northeast.
Since it is flanked by graceful mountains on three sides and is also near the Tanglangchuan River, the area is the perfect place for those who love nature. The quiet atmosphere and the hot springs provide everything one will need for a truly relaxing experience. For this reason, the place is sometimes dubbed as ‘the best hot spring under the sun’.
The Anning Hot Spring was discovered during the Eastern Han dynasty, which lasted from 41 to 44 AD. This means Kunming natives have known the hot spring’s existence for nearly 2,000 years now. According to legend, a Han General Su Wenda came to the area for a battle that occurred during the 17th to 20th years of the reign of Emperor Guangwu.
When Su Wenda went hunting near the summit of Congshan Hill, he saw wisps of water coming from the foot of the hill, so he went to get a closer look to find a crystal clear spring. Workers were immediately brought in to further develop the spring. It has been used ever since, and has undergone a major renovation during the Tang dynasty. Its popularity as a scenic spot began during the Yuan dynasty.
The Crystal Clear Waters of Anning Hot Spring
The Anning Hot Spring is famous because its water is not only crystal clear, but is also wonderfully warm despite the high altitude location of the area. Throughout the year, the spring has an average temperature of 42 degrees Celsius and has a dark green color. Unlike other hot springs, it is free from sulphur and is instead composed of carbonic acid.
According to studies, it has high levels of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, silicon, barium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, strontium, and others. It is safe for both bathing and drinking. Due to its high mineral content, it is said to be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis vertebral diseases, gastric ulcer, chronic gastritis, chronic colon inflammation, insomnia, dermatitis, and gynecological diseases.
An Abundance of Facilities
The Anning Hot Spring may be centered around nature, but it does not mean visitors have to make do without the usual conveniences in life. Aside from the hot spring and the verdant natural garden around it, the area also houses several guesthouses and sanatoriums where guests can stay. These facilities offer modern conveniences such as transportation and telecommunications.
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