Huaqing Hot Springs (or Huaqing Palace) is famous for the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in Tang Dynasty (618-907). Huaqing Hot Springs also boasts top-class hot springs. Located 30 km (18.6 miles) west of Xian, the hot springs have allured many kings and emperors over the past 3,000 years. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, the existing Huaqing Palace was reconstructed in 1959, covering an area of 85,560 sq meters. This is the right place to go if you want to know more about the history of the Tang Dynasty.
Walking through the East Gate of Huaqing Hot Springs, one first sees the Nine-Dragon Lake. The lake, which was also built in 1959, covers 5,300 sq meters and has been divided into two parts. There are modern fountains in the upper lake and sculpture of Yang Guifei in the lower one. Halls and pavilions around the lake are half-hidden in green trees and grass. Feishuang Hall, in which Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei lived from October to the end of the year, also lies beside the lake. The splendid scenery and abundant cultural relics of Huaqing Hot Springs is indeed a must-see for visitors.
Location:Lintong District, Xian; Opening Hours:09:00-17:00; Contact number: + 86-10-58968802 Tickets: CNY 70 (March 1-Nov.30) CNY 40 (Dec.1-Feb.29)
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