You deserve a pure relish and relaxation at the Hua Qing Scenic Area. The area is built as a tourist scenic spot about 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) west of Xi'an City. Other than visiting the ancient royal gardens, you need to spend more time bathing in the Huaqing Hot Spring. Lying at the foot of the Mt. Lishan, Huaqing Hot Spring has earned a reputation from its past as it was once enjoyed by Chinese ancient emperors, empresses, and concubines for thousands of years.
The Scenic Spots in the Palace：
Huaqing Palace has a long history. Emperors of Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties have was built the Court in here. In the scenic area, there are much iconic building complexes such as Lishan National Forest Park, Jiulong Lake and Furong Lake Scenic Spot, Tang Liyuan Site Museum and other cultural areas, like Feishuang Hall, Longevity Hall, Changsheng Palace, Huanyuan Palace and Yuwang Palace to name just a few.
Lishan Hot Spring:
Lishan Hot Spring is favoured by emperors of all dynasties because of its early development and utilization, and it enjoys the reputation of "the first imperial spring in the world". As early as 6,000 years ago in Yangshao culture, Jiangzhai ancestors began to use Lishan hot springs. Lishan Hot Spring, with its long history and rich cultural connotations, is an indispensable part of the history and culture of the Chinese nation.
Tang Dynasty Imperial Hot Spring Relics Museum:
Huaqing Hot springs are famous because of Yang Guifei, a regular guest and the central character in one of China's most enduring legends of ill-fated love. As the Tang Dynasty Poet Baijuyi Said:'That we wish, to be the inseparable birds flying in the heaven, we would never be separated from each other'.
Yang Guifei, also known as the fat concubine well-proportioned women were considered the epitome of beauty during the Tang dynasty- was a girl of humble origins but of exceptional beauty. She attracted the attention of Tang dynasty emperor Xuanzong, Who became so enamoured by her beauty, he ignored his imperial duties. As the empire began to crumble from the rebellion, the emperor was forced to flee Xi'an. While on the run, the emperors' courtiers, blaming Yang Guifei for the ruin of the empire, forced the emperor to order her to hang herself. The emperor, literally sick with grief, abdicated the throne to one of his sons.
The Five-Room Hall:
The Five-Room Hall was built during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and Empress Dowager Cixi was lived there when she fled from Beijing during the occupancy of the Eight-Power Allied Force. The hall was also the residence of Chiang Kai-shek when he was visited Xian. The famous Xian Incidence also happened in the hall. Visitors even can see the holes in the glass which were caused by guns that night. By visiting the Huaqing Hot Spring, you will not only enjoy the scenery but also taste the joy of imagining yourself back in the days of the Tang Dynasty.
The Historical Dance Drama "The Song of Everlasting Sorrow"
Based on Bai Juyi's long poem, the large-scale historical drama Changhengge(The Song of Everlasting Sorrow) is composed of more than 300 professional actors dressed in gorgeous Tang costumes. It shows the classic episode narrated in the poem in the form of dance: During the prosperous Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong called Yang Yuhuan into the palace, he dotes on Yangui Fei very much. However, after the An-Shi Rebellion, Yang Yuhuan died at Maweipo. The emperor's heart was broken and his soul was ascended to heaven, then Xuanzong met his concubine in the Moon Palace.
Huaqing Hot Spring Entrance Fee & Hours
|Huaqing Hot Spring Entrance Fee||CNY 120|
Peak Season: 1st March to 30th November, ( 7.00.a.m - 6.00.p.m).
Off-season: 1st December to 29th February (7.30.a.m - 6.00.p.m).
Performance in Huaqing Pool (The Song of Everlasting Sorrow)
Eastern and western areas: CNY 278/248
Central Area: CNY 318/298
VIP Area: CNY 888/588
The first performance: 20:10-21:20
The second performance: 21:40-22:50
The performance might be cancelled due to extreme weather. Please refer to the latest notice inside the scenic area.
March to October are the best time to visit Huaqing Hot Spring.
You can enjoy the natural Lishan hot springs in Huaqing Palace.
The dance drama can be seen in the scenic area.
The scenic area launched a historical dance drama "Song of Everlasting Sorrow" in 2007, and in 2012 launched a multimedia video drama "The Hall of Everlasting Life in the Metallurgical Territory". Among them, "Song of Everlasting Hatred" is only performed in April-October.