Tang Shen Spa
By Niang Chen
Translated by Anna Yang
Dahu, in Miaoli County, provides more than a place for strawberry picking, as the surrounding hot springs hotels are also distinguishing features of this town. Remarkably, the spa hotel located at the entrance of the Dawo Mountain ecological park has an elevation below sea level. Flowing with the seasons, ever-changing clouds and mist in the mountain range above envelope bamboo forests and fruit farms. The many varied hot springs are designed with their respective terrains in mind, each with its own types of flowers, vine-draped wooden fences, shady trees, birds, chirping insects and views of blue skies and mountain vistas.
Here there are colorless and odorless sodium bicarbonate springs, also commonly called "beauty springs". The hot springs wash away oily residue, offering you smooth skin and easing the mind. One may enjoy the green mountains, cherry blossoms, persimmons, olives, orange groves, and a bamboo forest garden at the outdoor spa area or take in the breezes while enjoying what the Japanese have taken to calling a "green shower" stroll through the forest.
There are seven cold/hot springs that come in various sizes at this hot spring hotel; water spa, sauna, steaming spa, guest rooms, restaurant and indoor hot springs are available as well. This casual, relaxing spot is great for friends gathering and loosening up. The outdoor public hot spring is NT$200/per ticket.
1-10, DaWo Rd, Dahu Township, Miaoli County; (037) 991-199
Hours: 8 am-10 pm
Directions: Follow the hotel sign at the 131.5km mark on Taiwan Provincial Highway 3.