Hot Springs Etiquette: Centered on Taipei magazine

The December/January edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is out.  And I am especially chuffed about my Ask Taiwanxifu article on pages 12 and 13 that has been included in this edition.  Firstly, because I have a big, warm soft spot for Taiwan’s spa bathing culture and writing this article brought back lots of good memories about hot springs (wenquan) that I have visited.

COT magazine December

But also I was thrilled, amazed, speechless to find that one of my photos was on the front cover.  I do not consider myself to be a photographer.  I like taking photos, I photoshop them a bit and put them on my blog but I have not yet got around to taking lessons or even doing any reading about how to take better photos.  I have several friends who are REAL photographers, who talk about lenses and light and zooming and stuff.  I love their work.  But I just write, and take some photos (mainly of food) because that’s what interests me.  Maybe this will convince me to seek more knowledge about photography in the future as a way of helping me improve my blogging.

I framed this article around the question about what to wear (or not wear) in Taiwanese hot springs.  And I was amazed to discover foreign friends who had been put off from going for a soak because they didn’t quite know the answer, or who/how to ask.  I promise you that Taiwan’s hot springs culture is quite relaxed, and things are pretty straightforward once you understand the basics.

So, let me ask YOU the reader, where is your favourite place to go for a dip in hot springs? And do you think that Taiwan’s hot springs are awesome?

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About taiwanxifu

‘Taiwanxifu’ (pronounced ‘shee foo’) means ‘Taiwan daughter-in-law’ in Chinese and has been my nickname ever since I married my Taiwanese husband, Sam. I love sampling Taiwanese food, even local specialties such as stinky tofu, pigs blood cake and Taipei beef noodle soup with offal. But there are many other options on the menu. Promise!
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4 Responses to Hot Springs Etiquette: Centered on Taipei magazine

  1. Nick says:

    My favorite hot springs:
    1. Natural: Bayan Hot Springs
    http://hikingtaiwan.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/ba-yan-wild-springs-%E5%85%AB%E7%85%99%E9%87%8E%E6%BA%AA%E6%BA%AB%E6%B3%89/

    2. Developed: Calla Young Garden Resort. I like this one mainly because of it’s amazing, unobstructed view. The facilities are pretty standard.
    http://www.calla.com.tw/
    They share the same hot springs source

    3. Unique: The amazing salt water hot springs on Green Island

    4. Best variety of flavored pools and saunas, Jiaoxi
    http://www.chuang-tang.com.tw/spa4.htm

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Wow, this is quite a long list! Lots of new places that I am yet to visit to explore and enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. jdent5936 says:

    Congrats on the picture being on the front cover. I also feel photographically-challenged at times. ha

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