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FEATURE: Hot springs take chill out of winter

WINTER WARMERS:Taiwan boasts a wide array of hot spring experiences, from luxurious resorts near Taipei to remote no-frills pools in the south-eastern mountains

By Michael Gold  /  Reuters, TAIPEI

From Lidao, venture further up the mountain, where a “blink and you’ll miss it” sign shows the way toward Lisong.

At the end of this rough road, a small field feeds into the walking path, which is clearly marked with the flags of explorers past.

After about an hour of steep downhill hiking, you will come to an imposing river whose rocky banks have been stained otherworldly hues of white, red and green by water from the Lisong spring spilling down from above.

A bit of creative clambering over the rocks is required to reach the “pool,” which is actually a pile of stones set up to collect the hot spring water and separate it from the river.

If you have made it this far, reward yourself with a relaxing dip in the middle of utter tranquillity, as you could well be the only visitor on any given day.

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