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Feature of the hot spring
In 2010, Huitang drew up a blueprint for attracting tourists and becoming the best hot spring tourist resort. The hot spring area covers 8 square kilometers, allowing a continuous flow of hot spring water to the resort.
Early exploitation of Huitang Hot Spring
Huitang is now witnessing a new spring of development. The Zilongwan Hot Spring Holiday Resort has opened for business with a total investment of 300 million yuan.
Moreover, of the first phase of construction of the planned "Town of Hot Spring" in Huatian is expected to be completed in 2011.The Changhuahui shao (Changsha-Hua minglou-Huitang-Shao shan) Highway is scheduled to extend to Loudi soon, whichwill make it possible to reach Huitang in a half-hour drive from Changsha.
From a geological point of view, Huitang Hot Spring deserves national attention, as it is regarded as one of the Three High-Temperature Hot Springs in China,
together with Yangbajing Hot Spring in Tibet and Beitou Hot Spring in Taiwan. The temperature of Huitang hot spring water exceeds 90 C, with the hottest springs reaching 102 C. Huitang hot spring has been utilized for more than 2000 years. After 1949, the first geothermal power station in Hunan Province was built here. In addition, an experimental greenhouse and nursery were also built and have since been home to the cultivation of African crucian. In the 1990s, Huitang mineral water was bottled and sold as a beverage, but the brand eventually ceased production due to high cost.
Hot spring pipeline extends in the air
The pipeline for hot spring water transfer in Huitang
The site named Huitang Wozi (pit) beside the Wujiang
River is the source of hot spring water for various hot spring hotels and nursing homes in Huitang. The big pipelines stretch from the pit and extend through the air like electrical wires, then pass through the steel bridge. This creates a special scenery in the sky.
Various happy farm houses and holiday villas, small and big, are spread all over the area where the pipelines pass. They all, without exception, boast of "hot
spring baths" on their signboards to solicit customers. For a simple soak in a hot spring in such facilities, you should pay just 20 to 30 yuan. However, there are plans to move these pipelines underground. The fish pond at the Wujiang riverside will be built into a reservoir. In the future, the hot spring water for recirculation and for farm use will offer another scenery in the hot spring park.
To exploit new fault zone
Only three units hold the right for direct exploitation of the Huitang hot spring, and each is restricted to using 600 tons of water per day. Furthermore, each unit's operating hours are staggered so that the total volume of water used per day is within the 2300-ton limit proposed by experts. In the light of the "Town of Hot Spring" plan for Huitang, the number of tourists visiting every day is expected to reach 6,000. This will necessitate the use of at least 5,000 tons of hot spring water per day. How can we guarantee the sustainable use of this hot spring resource? Recirculation experiments have been conducted with the hot spring water, and they have had good results. In the future, new fault zones are expected to be exploited for their hot spring water.
Though the heat anomaly zone in Huitang covers eight square kilometers, past exploration work was always confined to the Shiqiao section of 0.2 square kilometers. But the larger area contains considerable possibilities for exploration. With the potential expansion of Huitang’s usable hot groundwater resources, further development is planned.
Hot Spring near Changsha --- 50 km away, Malinqiao
The nearest hot spring to Changsha city proper is in Malinqiao, Lukou Town of Changsha County. The Malinqiao Hot Spring Resource Report reports that the Geology and Mineral Resources Bureau of Hunan Province conducted its initial exploration of the hot spring water here in 1986 and completed four drilling holes.

According to the report, "it is proved that the hot spring water here possesses four indices meeting the standards of medical mineral water." The highest and lowest temperatures of the four drilling holes were respectively 32℃ and 27.5℃ in 1986.
It may be the crudest hot spring we have ever seen. An abandoned two-floor house standing alongside the road was the site of the first efforts to develop the hot spring. In 1989, a doctor named Chen from the hospital in Lukou Town set up a medical practice using the hot spring water. But no one remembers how long the practice was open. Perhaps the therapy failed to be promoted widely because the water was not hot enough.

As we stepped into the house, we could see the brick foundation for the bathtub that once was filled with hot spring water. In the small room beneath the stairs, groundwater was gurgling out of a one-meter high pipe. When we felt the water with our hands, we found that it was warm, but a little bit too cold for a bath. Outside of the house, atin the middle of a the midst of the nearby farm, stands another one-meter plus high pipe more than a meter tall. Hands felt the same as that ofThe water was the same temperature as that of the pipe inside the house.

Today, more and more attentions have has been drawn to hot spring resources. Thus, people began to remember this deserted hot spring, which has such a convenient location. such a hot spring with favorable location came into people’s mind again. The town government has issued investment invitation and attracted investorssuccessfully solicited nvestors, and. I it is said that the construction is schemed towill be launched started within this year. Changsha citizens will probably soon learn soon that there is a real hot spring only a half-an-half-hourhour drive from the city proper.
Translated by Pang Yuehui | English script edited by Jessica | Chinese script edited by Zhan Ping | Designed by Li Wenjie