Public Hot Spring activities in Asia
Next to soaking your feet on the side of the road, Beitou's co-ed outdoor public bath is one of the cheapest options in town. Bathing au naturel is not permitted, so bring a swimsuit or buy one there. This public hot spring boasts a number of pools ranging in temperature from comfortably warm to damn near scalding. There's also a frigid pool off to the side for those who enjoy a good constitutional jolt. The springs can get crowded, especially after work on chilly days, or on the weekends. If you want to have a bit more space, go during the day on a weekday, but even this is no guarantee.
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The public bath on the park's eastern side has separate men's and women's indoor baths, although free admission means there can be long queues to enter. Its name means 'cold water valley', and compared with other local hot springs it's chilly, at 40°C. High iron content makes its waters reddish brown. Technically, Lengshuikeng is open to 5pm, but it's often open later, so phone ahead if you're considering an after-hours visit. The pools are closed for up to an hour at various times during the day for cleaning.