As of yet there are no mentions made of changes in Nepal’s hot springs due to the recent devastating seismic activities.
It can be expected. I did hear that bear the epicenter of the first earthquake, some of the natural springs had discontinued.
Jhinu hot spring still in working condition, source.
Meanwhile there’s no end
in sight to China’s thirst for upscale soaking. The most recent addition
comes from Sheraton who are opening another hot spring related hotel in
Yunnan ( travelmedia.com, Jan. 3):
‘Located close to the borders with Myanmar and Laos, Sheraton
Xishuangbanna Hotel offers 326 rooms and suites, all equipped with
balconies offering views of the surrounding forest.
Facilities include three restaurants (international, Chinese and
Thai), a lobby bar, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a business
centre, fitness centre, spa and its own on-site hot springs, with six
indoor and outdoor sulphur pools.
Guests can choose to soak in the hot springs, explore the rainforest,
immerse themselves in the local cultures and customs of Dai minority
groups residing near the hotel, or take a bike ride to see the
millennium-old Pu’er tree,” said the hotel’s general manager, Damian
Elsewhere in Yunnan I recently came across this while doing research for this blog. It’s another of those some
weird and strange pictures. The following comes from the Yongning hot spring, northern Yunnan and what’s happening here?
new one where we went has a collective basin share in two parts one for
women one for men, just separated by an enormous wooden beam,. It’s
open air so it is very pleasant.
we ask to go to the collective bath the owner is surprised and refuses
by saying to us “lao bai xin” what wants to say “common people” what in
his eyes we are not!
The caption makes nothing clearer, but it certainly looks like the tourist is the odd one out for a change …
A recent article on research as towards soaking on Sakhlain
and Kuril islands, (far eastern Russia) has concluded that there’s a lot
of good in soaking, but enthusiasm needs to be tempered, this is still
an area nearly dropped off the map …
But not for the soaking enthusiasts in the accompanying photo:
That said, below a what older photo from a Kamchatka expedition (source ), mental and social health is certainly OK, don’t know about the smoking. Caption reads translated as :
Bath of natural origin. In this cup flows over a rock hot water, so you can bask in even severe frost.
Ванна естественного происхождения. В эту чашу стекает по скале горячая вода, так что нежиться здесь можно даже в лютые морозы.
An article (Tribune, Apr. 9) on Chitral hot spring, Lotkoh valley in Pakistan:
'Many find the water too hot to even touch, let alone take a dip in.
As a solution, locals have built public bathrooms within the vicinity
where the spring water can be mixed with cooler water, said another
visitor, Mohammad Jamil. “People bathe using this water for five to 10
minutes and then sit for the next 10 to 30 minutes in a warm room as it
is advised not to step out in the open immediately.”
People who have indulged say they feel “fresh” afterward; some go as
far as saying the water has magical characteristics which has relieved
them from fatigue’.
A blog article on Maharashtra’s hot springs with this photo:
The pond for men…
It describes stumbling on this hot spring:
'We were in for a complete surprise when we reached the small village
which housed the lake. In fact, there was no lake at all. However, what
we discovered was this lovely hot water spring called Rajvade. An old
woman from the village saw us as two lost wanderers and decided to take
us around to the our destination. She spoke only Marathi and we spoke
none, so our conversations were fun; all she could figure out was that
we were strange people from Pune :)’
Finally, recent unrest in Tibet explained (Tibet Post, May 5) as locals of Awong (Gonjo county) oppose developing a hot spring. Amongst their other complaints
that is, as the development of a hot spring is lead to believe to be a
pretext for mining a sacred mountain..
April 2nd, the local government told all the people of the village that
there were plans to convert the natural geyser water near the mountain
into hot spring baths,” the sources told the TPI.
agreed to the plan, understanding that the project could attract many
tourists and generate income,” the sources also said, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
locals were injured in the struggle, many of which refused treatment
from the government hospital, instead going to private hospitals’.
Back to India, recent news is that the country is in the grips of a heatwave; not so for these fellas:
China Quick-Fix exhibition at Nothing Gallery, Xiamen. Artist’s Statement:
China Quick-Fix: between the design and the reality is the quick-fix
When I first arrived in China, over a year ago, I spent several months photographing things that caught my eye and slowly I found the thing that attracted my attention the most were the quick fixes. They were striking because they were so ubiquitous and varied: not only in poorer neighbourhoods would I find them but also in smarter locations too quick-fixes were never far from sight. China is, I believe, a country unusually rich in quick-fixes: people have a special talent for finding quick, inexpensive solutions to the problems that life throws up. These quick-fixes take many forms and shapes and range from ingenious to brutal. What distinguishes them is their almost complete disregard for aesthetics. This indifference to appearance does, in fact, propose a practical aesthetic of its own. Quick-fixes have their own preferred materials: plastic bags, cardboard, and tape, the one truly indispensable item in the quick-fixers toolkit.
I find myself drawn to them because they are far more audacious than the fixes I see in Europe: they assert the right of the user to freely customise and adapt existing artefacts in a way that is refreshing and at times downright anarchic. What’s more, they propose an authentic contemporary Chinese aesthetic that is created by common people the length and breadth of the country.
A question I find myself returning to when I look at them is, “Why is China a country so full of quick-fixes?” Like most questions that accompany an artistic process, there is no single, clear answer to this. Indeed, it is precisely the multiple directions that quick-fixes can take you in that makes them so compelling.
These images were taken in different Chinese cities mostly using my phone’s camera. They are rough shots taken on the move, not highly composed images. The China Quick-Fix archive contains a great many more images, this is just a representative selection. If you have an eye for quick-fixes too I invite you to email me yours for inclusion on the blog http://chinaquickfix.tumblr.com/