For the travel-weary, a relaxing day at Riyuegu Hot Springs (日月谷温泉) is exactly what the doctor ordered. This exquisitely designed, family-friendly resort is a subtropical paradise. Kids will enjoy wandering the paths through the forest and discovering the themed pool, each with a different color and scent. Couples may prefer to visit after nightfall, when the ambiance is decidedly more romantic.
Riyuegu Hot Springs Resort is located at 880 Fulian Road in Haicang District (海沧区孚莲路1880号) on the mainland, about one hour away from Xiamen Island. Fortunately, the resort provides a free shuttle bus, departing from Pier No. 1 (第一码头鹭江道), just north of the Gulangyu Island Pier. The shuttle bus departs every hour and runs until midnight. The adult admission price of around 190 RMB includes unlimited all-day use of the facilities. Extras like massage and spa treatments are also available.