Ruisui Hot Springs
Ruisui Hot Springs information
Lonely Planet review
The carbonated Ruisui hot springs were first opened by the Japanese in 1919 reportedly as a rehab centre for injured soldiers. The water boasts a temperature of 48°C and is rich in iron, giving it a pale-brown colour and a slightly salty, rusty flavour (so we've heard). Many Taiwanese still believe that frequent bathing in the spring water increases a woman's chance of bearing a male child.
The hot-spring area (with a dozen or more hotels) is a few kilometres directly west of Ruisui town (on the other side of Hwy 9). As you drive down the highway there are English signs pointing to the area.