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History of hot spring areas

  • PostDate:2022-03-30

Ruisui Hot Spring

In 1919, the Japanese discovered that the qualities of Ruisui Hot Spring and Arima-Onsen in Japan were virtually identical, hence it became a highly popular hot spring destination. Jui Sui Hot Spring was formerly a police club called “Di Cui Ge,” allowing police officers to rest and enjoy hot spring. “Red Leaf Trail,” one of the 8 wonders of Hualien, describes it as “The maple leaves emanate a mesmerizing red color, as the setting sun shines over the plain, I take a stroll on the village road with a cane to admire the picturesque autumn vista.” The poem portrays the scenery formed by Ruisui Hot Spring, Hongye Hot Spring, and Hongye River. At the time, the Japanese people planted two rows of camphor trees on either side of the hot spring trail, and the towering trees provided shade to complement the splendid landscape.

Antong Hot Spring

Antong Hot Spring was discovered in 1904 by the Japanese people next to the Antong River, they were collecting camphor in the mountain. In 1930, the Japanese constructed a police club along with a public bath, and the region gradually became a popular hot spring destination. The Antong Hot Spring Hotel was formerly a public bath consisting of Hinoki Japanese bungalows featuring tatami, and it has been listed as a historic monument by the Council for Cultural Affairs. As part of the 8 wonders of Hualien, Antong Hot Spring is described as “Picking off lice while chatting and smiling, our bodies emanate a fragrance that has cleansed our body and mind as we dry our soaking wet hair in the sun,” vividly depicting the sight of residents enjoying the hot spring.