Despite its name, there were no pools or baths in sight at the Qinghua Pool House and Foot Reflexology Center when we arrived – the women’s side has only showers, though we are told there’s a bath on the men’s side.
After stripping down, you can follow the sounds of splashing and pounding into the shower room, where an aggressive but supposedly effective milk massage – exactly as it sounds – is available (30-98RMB). Also on hand is a small steam room, light-wave treatment room and sauna. Once you’re done bathing, don a pair of silky pyjamas and head upstairs for a foot massage in a chair the size of a bed (from 20RMB), or straight to the buffet.
While the dining area is comfortable, the food itself is vaguely reminiscent of Chinese cafeteria fare. Qinghua is functional; the staff are generally helpful, but the facilities feel tired. It’s not ideal for an afternoon of pampering, but if you’re simply looking to get rid of the kinks, it’s worth a shot.
No English-speaking staff. Nudity level: high (no swimsuits).