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He Ri Jun Hot Springs
24 Hours
2-8 Nijia Bridge Rd., Sect. 4, South Renmin Rd.
028 8555 5500
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Pete Sweeney (more chengdu)
Chengdu, while beautiful, gets cold come winter. My favorite place to warm up is a traditional Chinese bath, and He Ri Jun Hot Springs is convenient, cheap, and comprehensive.

The concept of the Chinese spa can be daunting for those who don't know what to expect. First, a Chinese bath is nothing to rush into. You need to allot at least two hours, ideally four . . . one friend of mine, now lost to a life of sloth, locked himself out of his apartment and, discovering he had no passport to get into a hotel, spent the night at He Ri Jun. I blame this establishment for his present condition.

The second point is, the Chinese bath concept includes a lot more than simply bathing. The place has billiards, ping-pong, an Internet cafe, a movie theater, tearooms, a buffet, massage, salt body scrubs, the works. There are even tiny bedrooms on the fourth floor, where you can close the door and take a nap.

You start by checking in your shoes. They give you a key to your locker in exchange. You go to the locker and get nude (or put on a swimsuit for the coed section) and lapse into one of the baths. Get a body scrub, if you like, shower, then suit up in the free pajamas. Next head upstairs, where you lounge and consider massage/TV as they bring free tea and fruit. Everything is logged by locker number and when you leave they tally it all up for you. As a rule, the use of things (razors, toothbrushes, pool tables) is included, but services are extra.

Open 24 hours. The 60 kuai cover includes the baths, billiards, ping pong, movies, tea, fruit, nap room ...

He Ri Jun Hot Springs
He Ri Jun Hot Springs