Nature and outdoors

The physical and the spiritual in Xiamen, China

Mountain landscapes and hot springs in Xiamen. By CATHARINE NICOL

Soul: Higher ground

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Wuyi Mountain’s landscapes vary from rainforests and subtropical forests to smooth, vertical cliffs. Peppered with caves, the hills are alive with the sound of waterfalls pouring into streams that feed into the river valley below. With 200 misty days a year, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an otherworldly, lush and soulful place for a hike.

 

Body: Healing waters

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Choose from more than 100 pools to dip into at Xiamen’s Riyuegu Hot Spring Park. It’s a buffet of different temperatures, fragrances and healing minerals, variably good for the skin, circulation, respiration and more. Those looking to get some exercise can opt for the several swimming pools. Follow with a massage for even deeper relaxation. Naturally, cold weather’s best for appreciating the steamy heat, and you’re more likely to get clear skies, too.

Cathay Dragon flies to Xiamen from Hong Kong 28 times a week

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