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Visiting Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Xi’an, China

Filed Under (China, Shaanxi, Shopping, Silk Road, Travelling, World Souvenirs, Xi'an) by Janet on 29-07-2009


I’ve now arrived at Huaqing Pond (or Huaqing Hot Springs) located at the Foot of Lishan Mountain 35km East of Xi’an in Shaanxi, China :

Visiting Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

In Chinese, “Hua” means “Flower” & “Qing” means “Pure or Clear” - Huaqing Pond (or Huaqing Hot Springs) was part of the Tang Dynasty Palace which was 1st built during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1045-256BC) & called Li Palace – at the Foot of Lishan Mountain – a branch of Qinling Range that divides North & South of Shaanxi.

In the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC), a Stone Pool was built, & it was enlarged during the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). And during the Tang Dynasty, the Palace was enlarged by Emperor Taizong, & thereafter a Walled Palace was built around Lishan Mountain by his Successor; Emperor Xuanzong in 747AD – then known as the Huaqing Palace or Huaqing Hot Springs (cos of the Hot Springs there, or Huaqing Pond).

Here’s my Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) Admission Ticket costing 70RMB (Yuan) – but I need not pay cos it was already included in my Mysterious Silk Road Tour Package with China Express Holidays, Singapore :

Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) Admission Ticket from Xi\'an, China

With over 3000 & 6000 years of history of the Palace & Hot Springs respectively - Huaqing Pond is now one of China’s Hundred Famous Gardens, & a National Cultural Relic :

Visiting Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) which is an AAA National Tourist Attraction at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

I’m now entering Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) :

Entrance to Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

What a beautiful tranquil place inside Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) - No wonder Tang Dynasty Emperor Xuanzong would spend Winter times here in luxuries in the company of his favourite Concubine Yang Guifei -  one of 4 most beautiful Chinese Beauties – The Four Great Beauties in Ancient China………….

Visiting Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaTourist Map of Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

Led by our Xi’an Chinese Tour Guide, we’re advised to hop on the Huaqing Pond Buggy Ride (at an additional small sum of 5 or 10 RMB each) for our tour around this huge Palace site  :

Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) Buggy Ride Ticket from Xi\'an, ChinaTouring Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Buggy Ride in Xi\'an, ChinaTouring Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Buggy Ride in Xi\'an, China Touring Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Buggy Ride in Xi\'an, China

It’s really very enjoyable & cooling riding & sightseeing Huaqing Pond in our Buggy & now we’re getting off for more exploration & walking…………

Statue of Lady Yang Guifei at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Statue of Lady Yang Guifei at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Statue of Lady Yang Guifei at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Statue of Lady Yang Guifei at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

Standing at 1256m tall – Lishan Mountain is covered with Pines & Cypresses & looks very much like a Dark Green Galloping Horse from a long distance away – thus it’s called Lishan Mountain, cos “Li” means “A Black Horse” in Ancient Chinese, & “Shan” meaning “Mountain”!!

Cable Cars Riding up the Top of Mountain Lishan seen from Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaCable Cars Riding up the Top of Mountain Lishan seen from Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

We’re now visiting some of the Historical Ponds & Pools built during the Tang Dynasty period here at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) – first looking at Guifei Pond which is also called Crabapple Pool or Lotus Bathing Pool – built specially for Lady Yang Guifei :

Visiting Guifei Pond (or Grabapple Pond or Lotus Bathing Pond) Built for Lady Yang Guifei at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Guifei Pond (or Grabapple Pond or Lotus Bathing Pond) for Lady Yang Guifei at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Guifei Pond (or Grabapple Pond or Lotus Bathing Pond) for Lady Yang Guifei at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Guifei Pond (or Grabapple Pond or Lotus Bathing Pond) Built for Lady Yang Guifei at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China Visiting Guifei Pond (or Grabapple Pond or Lotus Bathing Pond) for Lady Yang Guifei at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

We next visit Lotus Flower Pool – also known as Nine-Dragon Bathing Palace built for Emperor Xuanzong :

Visiting Lotus Flower Pool (or Imperial Nine-Dragon Bathing Palace) Built for Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaXi\'an Chinese Tour Guide Introducing  Lotus Flower Pool (or Imperial Nine-Dragon Bathing Palace) Built for Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Lotus Flower Pool (or Imperial Nine-Dragon Bathing Palace) Built for Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Lotus Flower Pool (or Imperial Nine-Dragon Bathing Palace) Built for Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Lotus Flower Pool (or Imperial Nine-Dragon Bathing Palace) Built for Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

We’re now walking towards the warm & boiling Hot Springs of Huaqing Pond…………

Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaBeautiful Foliage at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

These Hot Srpings have a flow of 113 tons of water per hour with a constant temperature of 43 Degrees Celsius, & they contain rich minerals & organic materials that have therapeutic effects on the skin suitable for bathing & even for treating diseases such as Dermatitis, Rheumatism, Arthritis etc…………….

Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaChinese Comrade Hu Jintao Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mounatain in Xi\'an, China in 1995The Source of Hot Springs at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaThe Source of Hot Springs at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaHot Spring Source 1 at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaBoiling Hot Springs at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

Here’s “Qinshan Dong” in direct translation from the below Chinese Words for the Hot Springs Source – meaning “Golden Sand Hole” cos of its Golden yellow color :

The Source of Hot Springs at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaThe Source of Hot Springs at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

We next visit Star Pool which was built for Emperor Taizong in 644AD during the Tang Dynasty :

Xian Chinese Tour Guide Introducing Shangshi Pool at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Star Pool - Built for Emperor Taizong at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Star Pool - Built for Emperor Taizong at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

Now, we’re looking at Shangshi Pool :

Visiting Shangshi Pool at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Shangshi Pool at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Shangshi Pool at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Shangshi Pool at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

Haha, looking at the historical Pools & Ponds & imagining them filled with the finest warm soothing Hot Springs (that never dry up till now after 6000 years!!) coming directly from Lishan Mountain in which the Royal Family bathed make us feel that the Ancient Chinese really knew how to enjoy life!!

Now, we too finally get to have a touch & feel of the Huaqing Hot Springs…………..

Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaHot Spring Source 3 at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

See, here’s where Tourists like myself gets to touch the natural Hot Springs out of a beautiful Stone carved Lotus Flower………….

Tourists Washing Hands at Hot Springs out of Stone Carved Lotus Flower at the Foot of Lishan Mountain at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaHot Springs out of Stone Carved Lotus Flower at the Foot of Lishan Mountain at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaHot Springs out of Stone Carved Lotus Flower at the Foot of Lishan Mountain at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Statue of Lady Yang Guifei at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, ChinaVisiting Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

We’re now using the Toilet – the same Imperial Toilet that was used for the Royal Family during the Tang Dynasty :

Imperial Toilet Pavilion - Yujing Pavilion for the Royal Family during Tang Dynasty at  Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

And guess what we just found in the Imperial Toilet PavilionAPPLE Trees!! YES YES making all of us so excited & happy!! Still remembering my first sight of a real Apple Tree when I visited Perth in Australia many years ago with my Family heheh!!

Apple Trees at Lotus Garden infront of Imperial Toilet Pavilion - Yujing Pavilion Built for the Royal Family during Tang Dynasty at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) in Xi\'an, China

Apple Trees at Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, ChinaApple Trees at Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Pond) at Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

Me standng at Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) at the Foot of Lishan Mountain in Xi\'an, China

Ahahahah & since this morning everybody has been saying how pretty I look today in this outfit, & they especially like my black Trousers which is of colored “Chinese Characters” design (with black knots at the bottom sides)!!

Well, I shall now pen off with my following most lovely Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) Souvenir – guess Lady Yang Guifei Me needs a Lady Yang Guifei Kitchen Apron back home in Singapore when she’s cooking huh hehheheh!!!

Lady Yang Guifei Kitchen Apron from Huaqing Pond (Huaqing Hot Springs) Souvenir Store in Xi\'an, China

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