Health and wellness

Body, Soul: Hot Springs and a Confucius Temple in Taichung

Recharge with a warm soak and a temple pilgrimage in Taichung, Taiwan

Body: Let it flow

Guguan Hot Springs, Taichung, Taiwan
credit: E-Daw Hot Spring Hotel

Escape the city to Guguan Hot Springs for fresh countryside air, the sounds of flowing creeks and relaxing dips in its healing waters. Discovered by the Atayal Tribe in 1907, these hot springs are rich in carbonic acid, which means they’re slightly bubbly and might help to lower blood pressure. What’s practically guaranteed is that you’ll sleep well after a warm soak.

Soul: Meditate on ancient wisdom

Confucius Temple, Taichung, Taiwan
credit: Ian Trower/Alamy Stock Photo

Make a pilgrimage to Taichung’s Confucius Temple, which honours China’s great sage who taught essential principles about individual cultivation and family values. Built in the 1970s, the site is not historic, but its simple, Song-dynasty design – typical of Confucius temples – and quiet surroundings make it an ideal place to sit in peace.

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