Aegean Bath, a rude awakening

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Huaqing Aegean International Hot Springs Resort & Spa
华清爱琴海国际温泉酒店
No.8 Shangu Avenue, Lintong District,
Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710600, China

According to my tour guide at the terracotta army, this bath house (6 miles/10 km west of  terracotta army), a little off city center (华清池和骊山仅有3分钟的车程), without doubt, is the best in town, costing about ¥160. She walks me to the bus (¥9) that stops right at the resort.

** Please bring a bathing suit **

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The compound is pretty big, lush and dated. The bath house is flanked by multiple buildings (hotels). At reception, a young man said the fee to the bath is “¥296.”
“Oh … I was told it’s ¥160.”
“That’s price for tour guide. Are you a tour guide?”
“I’m not but my tour guide guides me here.”
“Ok, I can’t give you that price but how about ¥188?” I end up paying ¥296/US$44.38, which includes ¥108 bathing suit (the cheapest in their store) that’s required.

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After checking in my shoes, I go in. Facing with at least four openings, I’m a little lost and looking toward a young staff for direction, she scolds,
“NOT that one. THIS one …”
Her savage manner and voice is simply shocking. I read this fellow traveler’s review that they’re not set up for westerners, she’s right. Mandarin is my native tongue but I’ve trouble to understand their attitude.
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The ponds or tubs are all out door, linked by the winding covered corridor. They claim the spring is from the famed HuaQing Spring. The water temperatures are displayed and vary from tubs to tubs, which mean, they heat … ? What else do they do to the spring? They provides tea, cookies and bananas, neglectable compare to Beijing and Shanghai.

 


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