Qinghua Pool House

  • Health
  • Spas
Hufanglu Dajie
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).
Venue name: Qinghua Pool House
Opening hours: 24 hours. Foot treatments available 8am-10pm. Buffet open 7-9am, 11.30am-1.30pm and 5.30-9pm; snacks
Admission: 138RMB for 24-hour stay and buffet.
English address: 17 Hufanglu Dajie, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 西城区虎坊路大街17号
  • 4 out of 5 stars