What would be a better option than going to a hot spring on a cold and rainy day in January? What if you just want to relax and maybe cure your hangover? Hot Springs? For suuuuuure!
So we put our bikinis and swimmming trunks on, jumped into a cab as we were running late and headed out to Doumen. The taxi ride takes about one hour, and costs 130RMB.
This is the address you would need to show the driver: 广东省珠海市斗门区斗门镇黄杨大道西珠海御温泉, Huangyang Av. West, Doumen, Zhuhai
Once there you can enter a wonderful world of 30 different hotsprings with different fragrances, temperatures and sizes. You will get slippers, towels and a rope. Your stuff will be placed securely in a locker.
Also included in the 168 RMB entrance fee are free sandwiches, fruits and various drinks, like water, coke, tea and coffee.
If you are tired of chilling in the hot springs or it simply got too hot for you, you can take a nap on the hot stones. There are also different extra services you can choose from like backrubs and massages, but this will be at additional costs.
Once you are finished have a shower, shampoo, conditioner and body soap get provided, so you can go home clean and relaxed.
If you are looking for a cheaper way of transportation take bus 609 back home. It only costs 6 RMB but takes about one and a half hours if the traffic is good.
My personal recommendation is the Coffee Hot Spring. Just aaaawweeesome!
Hope you all had a smooth weekend? Mine was quite entertaining.
Chronologically starting with Friday: maybe you remember our trip to Xinfeng from two weeks ago? On that trip we met a nice Chinese couple. She – we call her Lizzy – is a bundle of energy and her husband adores her. I think he would do anything for her.
Communicating with them is not always that easy but using hand gestures and a translation app on our phones do the work.
After the weekend in Xinfeng we met her again on Wednesday evening. What did we do? Cross stitching. No, we are no grannies… yet. It was really funny. The owner of the cross stitch shop (left in the picture) showed us how to stitch and also observed our work. Lizzy was more than happy to show us how to do it right! She was sometimes she a bit commanding… 😛
During this stitching session we made the decision to meet again on Friday to make dumplings together and go out afterwards:
The day started with washing and cutting of vegetables and then wrapping them up in the dumpling skins (Jenny will tell you more about this process on Friday). So far no problem. But when we wanted to start steaming them we noticed we were out of gas. But everything was good as they had an extra bottle of gas in their place. So we switched the bottle and had gas again! But Lizzy was not happy with the dumplings’ taste. While we ate this batch, the second batch was steaming on the stove. Which forgot about that it was cooking so after some time there was a burning smell… Still we had a lot of fun that evening.
Later that night we dressed up – in Qipao – and first went to the tea shop of a friend of Lizzy’s husband. Where we had some tea and wine. Next stop was Barstreet.
On Sunday, we met Lizzy again. She invited us to her brother’s place who is a chef and he cooked a big lunch for us. It was really good. The starter was a sweet soup:
After lunch, we went to the Spa where we enjoyed relaxing in the sauna and took a hot shower, followed by 100 minutes of massage. That was awesome! On our way back from the Spa, Lizzy was on the phone for a while and after she hung up she told us that soon there will be a marriage in her family and that we were invited. A Chinese wedding! Sooo cool! I am really looking forward to that and I will let you know where and when it will take place. There will definitely be a blog about it.
Oh my god, what am I going to wear?? O.o
I wonder what Lizzy’s next plan for us is. I’ll keep you up-to-date.
Gianna aka Gini aka 吉娜
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Gianna writing. I am the new intern at the InternChina office in Zhuhai. I am studying Marketing in the Netherlands and now I will be doing a 6-months internship here.
So my first week in Zhuhai is almost over. I just arrived five days ago and already met so many beautiful people and made some interesting experiences.
Entering Guangdong in the afternoon on Sunday, work was already waiting for me on Monday morning. It all started with an introduction to the team and also the city, which got me even more excited. My co-workers are really nice and I am looking forward to working with them and the city has so many places I would like to explore. It has almost everything: hills, beaches, spas, great shopping areas, sports clubs, islands, barbeque and fruits on every corner, a pulsing nightlife… and don’t forget about the nice weather!
Coming to China was a big decision of mine but I believe that it was one of my best.
Even though the weather has been a little crazy these days: one day it was rainy and cold, the other day it was warm and so foggy that I was scared one of those monsters from the movie ‘The Fog’ will come creeping around the next corner.
On Tuesday I went to the so called ‘underground market’. One shop after the other. They have everything! Every girl’s heart should beat faster by the sight of it.
Because it got a little late that night there were no more buses. But never mind. Another good thing about Zhuhai/China is that taking a cab is cheap. It is even cheaper than taking a bus in Europe inside the city.
Wednesday was Spa day for Jenny (another intern at the office) and me. After work we went to a massage and wellness center where we decided to try out cupping. You may have read about it here – we got the fire cupping. Our program consisted of shower, steam sauna, dry sauna, snacks, drinks (water and tea), massage and finally the cupping. We were even offered a toothbrush, toothpaste and pyjamas. How awesome is that? Whoever told me it doesn’t hurt: you lied! It is like cuddling with a huge octopus who doesn’t want to let go of you. But: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, right? What do you think did the whole thing costs? I am going to tell you: 115RMB (14€)! Unbelievable! Getting up the next day was like waking up after a day of heavy sports. I am curious about what will happen with me and my back in the next few days.
But next to all those activities one also has to mention the Chinese food. I am a total food-lover. I always want to try out whatever I can. Even though I don’t eat meat there is still more than enough to find. I hope I can try all of it before I leave in August. Then my time here will be over. I already get a little sad when thinking of that. But I will let future-Gianna deal with that. For now, I just want to make the most out of this great opportunity and experience Zhuhai, Guangdong, maybe a little more of the rest of China.
I will keep you up-to-date. To see more of me than just my back, check my next blog! 😉
Until then see you and 再见。
Gianna aka Gini aka 吉娜
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Here is the hotelroom they offered for free to us, unfortunately we did not have enough time to have a cup of tea and enjoy the beautiful countryside view there, but we did lots of fun things:
After we checked in, they had an opening ceremony. We went there and joined in. After the ceremony, they had lots of fireworks. There were also many local snacks which we could (and did) try. Phil and me tried several kinds of snacks and drunk several bottles of beer (it’s part of doing business in China, not that you think we had any fun there ;)), then we were invited to a decent French restaurant to have some great food, coffee, deserts and lots of wine. They had a wine tasting party there, we tasted some rose wine, white wine and champagne.
After lots of wine, we moved out to the garden, we were drinking some nice wine again and talked to our friends. When drinking with a bosom friend, a thousand cups will still be too little, haha…
We went back to our hotel room around 4:30am, and had a very good rest after the big party, I really didn’t want to get up in the morning, but I didn’t want to miss the Spa, so I got up at 9:30am with super hang over, after taking a shower, I wore my swimsuit and bath robe to have breakfast, I met Phil there. We had some western food and felt much better after. Then we went to the spa. They have over 30 pools there, we almost tried all of them in 1.5hours. I can say that a great spa is the best thing when having a hang over. Especially on a rainy morning.
If anybody is wondering how it is possible to work that hard and still be in an awesome mood every day- easy thing to do when you are living in China. Just rent a car and spend the whole day in a SPA!
Sunday 10 am- get into the car, drive through Zhuhai for one and a half hours and take a little break at the Jin Tai temple, right next to a wonderful blue lake. Having Lunch in a wonderful restaurant, where you can choose the fish they’re catching for you then.
Take a little walk- check! Do a little prayer in a temple- check! See some snakes on the street- check! Having a really good Chinese lunch- check! Time to jump into a hot spring, time to relax!
The Yue Wen Quan SPA, also known as Imperial Hot Spring Resort in Doumen (Zhuhai Western Area) is one of the most famous open air hot springs in Guangdong. It has natural warm spring water, which is used since the age of the Tang Dynasty to cure all diseases, such as rheumatism, and to preserve the face, to sooth the nerves and to arrest convulsions. Because of its very high mineral content the hot spring water has more than 20 kinds of health care functions. Therefore a hot spring is also called ‘holy water’.
But what is a hot spring? It is produced be the emergence of geothermal heated groundwater. So, the heat of the Earth’s mantle is heating the water as long as the water is getting deeply enough into the crust. It will become warm then when it’s getting in contact with the hot rocks. The Yue Wen Quan SPA is one of those places where the earth heats the water, which is coming out then.
In a really nice atmosphere you can relax in all the different pools and can take a bath in different kinds of tea, coffee and wine, as well as salty water, Coconut milk- or fruit water. Or you just can take a rest on one of the several hot stones. So, everybody feels healthy, relaxed and beautiful now. Let a new week begin!
Last sunday, the company invited all Qingdao Office Employees to have a spa day.
We met in the morning, had some breakfast together, got into two taxis and went to Chengyang district, which is quite far away from the city center.
After spending the whole day relaxing and doing some sports, we went to dinner together, having some really good food at a restaurant we picked by chance. I’m sure all of us were sleeping well that night and gained loads of motivation for the new week!
Dear Jamie and Frank,
thanks for making it possible to have such an amazing day! We had a great time, including sauna, gym, swimming, massage and – most important – wearing modern and breathtakingly comfortable silk-kimono-‘pyjama’-clothes (of course the girls set was pink whereas the boys’ was silver…).
We’re all looking forward to have more teamevents like this! 🙂