After settling in we went to get dinner. It was a bit of hike from our cottage to the main place, but I didn’t mind it as it was a quiet walk through nature under a really starry heavens. Their restaurant is like a semi self-serve, cafeteria style place. The menu was vegetarian-friendly, but not as vegan-friendly as I would’ve believed it’d be. The food was good, but came at NYC prices. As far as other choices, there’s also a little cafe and a little grocery / health food store. The cafe sells bites, cold lunches and coffee / beverages. The grocery store has a self-serve food pub with salad, soup, and a few hot entrees. They stock essential things like toiletries, some produce, cold foods, snacks, pantry staples, etc. And lastly there’s a kitchen for cooking your own meals. All the food was great, but cooking would be your most cost-effective choice.
Quiet Warm Pool at Harbin Hot Springs
After dinner we headed for the pools. We undressed in the changing room and stowed our material in one of the cubbyholes, taking only our towels. The pools are basically all together in one place. There are 2 warm pools, a hot pool, a little cold dip pool and a big cold pool. One of the warm pools is called a quiet meditation pool, so no dialog. We started with that one. It is a deep pool, and most people stand or squat a little, leaning against sides. There were perhaps 15 other people within it. This is when things got difficult.
Despite the signal above saying sexual activity was prohibited, there was undoubtedly some sexual stuff happening. Some couples were embracing, their legs and arms entwined. It was tough to see in the dark, but it was fairly clear that some were fooling around. I can’t remember the last time I felt so uneasy in a naked pool. I had seen mention of incidents and weirdos on family nudism site , but I was not prepared for this. A reviewer had said the management was very great at caring for incorrect behavior. Apparently they’re not very good at preventing such behaviour. We got out shortly after to try the other facilities.
Jordan got into the hot pool, which ranges from 110-115 degrees. I attempted to get in several times during our stay, but it was too extreme for me! I soaked in one other warm pool and also attempted the dry sauna and steam room. Both were pleasant enough.
As of this point we were prepared to hit the hay so we made our way back up to the cottage.
Harbin Hot Springs View From Our Bungalow
Upon stepping out onto our deck in the morning, we were happy to see just a little family of deer walking up along the road, and the sun coming up over the trees was a amazing view.
We had breakfast at the restaurant and also this time we were able to enjoy the deck outside, that has been wonderful. Afterward I went for a yoga class in the round temple. I adored that it is round and that the flooring is warmed! The class was fun.