Lisong Hot Spring is the most beautiful wild hot spring in Taiwan and also is the secret spot located in the deep mountains in Taitung. Let’s unveil the mystery with Eye Travel TAIWAN adventure team today.
What is the wild hot spring?
“wild” is the highlight and it means nature made, not artificial and man made. There are some of the well-known wild hot springs in Taiwan, such as Wenshan Hot Spring, Erzi Hot Spring and Lisong Hot Spring with bright green, orange, yellow, brown and white crystallized mineral decorating the wall. You have to be well prepared when visiting those wild hot springs. You have to take the shovel to make a small pit, adjust the water temperature for the hot bath and cook food on your own. That is to say that you have to forget about the internet, convenient life temporarily when you step into this wonderland.
Southern Cross-Island Highway (Hwy20)
This highway crosses the deep mountains in the eastern of Taiwan and sometimes you can see the steam rising from the hot spring along the highway.
Isolated aboriginal tribe: Lidao Tribe.
The beautiful terrace with views of tea farm and the sea of clouds. Fresh air here really does you good. If I had air collector, I would bring some cans home.
Lisong Hot Spring is situated in the deep mountains in Taitung, Taiwan.
It is near 168~169km on the southern cross-island highway and we have to go down along the trail. Be careful of some wild dogs along the trail.
It usually goes uphill on outbound trip and goes downhill on your return for mountainous hiking. But it totally is opposite for the way to the wild hot springs. Consequently, it is filled with relaxing and joyful atmosphere and no need to suffer from hard work on the uphill beginning.
The last part of the downhill is relatively dangerous and very steep with a 70~80-degree slope. Please keep the safe distance from the person next to you to prevent the falling rocks kicked from the person who is above you.
Reach the riverside
(Low water level) There is low river flow today and ready to do river tracing.
You will see Lisong Hot Spring sat opposite on the river with the short distance away right after you go down the riverside. But this distance is not easy and with difficulty because we need to cross the river and climb the rocks.
VR video while climbing rocks and crossing the river (high water level) (Wait for uploading)
Here we go hot spring!
There is no one here today and it seems that we run into this fantasy wonderland at your first glimpse.
You will know this green stuff is the wall of Limestone Rocks that is very hard. There is no doubt at all that water running from upside is hot spring.
This is Calcium carbonate although it looks like the brain and kinda gross.
Take a hot bath!
Taking a hot bath here is far beyond words. The enjoyment of vision, hearing, and smell completely outdo those hot springs in the 5-star hotels
It absolutely is natural sauna that immersing yourself in the very cold river water to bring the blood to the core right after taking a hot bath. You never know how good it is if you don’t give it a try.
There is no restroom in this wilds. Look for the location behind the giant stone that is not viewable by someone else if you would like to go to the restroom.
Big Challenge comes after relaxing hot spring!
What a painful process with one and a half hour steep uphill that is in front of you right after enjoying the relaxing hot spring!
Back to civilization.
When you recall what happened in Lisong Hot Spring in your office or home, it seems like a dream. It is definitely worth a visit in your lifetime. People who live in or travel to Taiwan have been fortunate enough to explore the beauty of Nature.
10 things you must know before go to Lisong Hot Spring.
William Ho, a senior tour guide in Eye Travel Taiwan. I have been to this trail for more than 170 times and still enjoy there every time.