Chongqing is one of the four directly controlled municipalities in the People’s Republic of China. The city is one of the 5 national cities and a major city in southwestern mainland of China.
If you live in China and want to know where all the nude bathing takes place you need to look in the Chongqing classifieds. The hot tubs in Cancun during spring break aren’t the only place where that activity takes place. The fact is that for numerous Chinese minorities, the tradition of nude bathing has been in place for a long time. These are the some of the best places in China where nude bathing is allowed.
According to the Chongqing classifieds each year on the 13th day of the 7th month, the harvest is celebrated by the Hmong people with the Chixin Festival. Prior to the festival, the people make sure that their horses and cows well fed and meat and fat. The girls all wear their decorative hats and prettiest. The young men practiced with their flutes with the wood reeds. In addition, the Chixin Festival has a love ceremony where groups of 3 to 5 young women and men who gather together to bathe in the nude.
The De’ang minority is also known as the western Yunnan and, according to the Chongqing classifieds, are known for their customs of communal nude bathing. The area is full of coal and natural springs. The Dragon Pool is the largest spring and enjoys 50 degree water. It is the only pool that the highest officials are permitted to bathe in.
According to the local legend and the Chongqing classifieds the springs in the East Spring Village can supposedly cure blindness. Many of the springs are located in secluded areas where the people bathe naked.
The Mosuo people use hot springs as meeting places and believe that they will cure diseases. Following a hard day’s work, 3 or 4 friends will meet up and relax, sing, and eat in the hot springs. At one point, the local officials added walls to separate the women from the men. However, the Mosuo people started taking down those walls and they no longer exist. During the 1990’s when the area was open for tourism, the government separated the female and male bathers. However, after a period of time, the area was again opened for communal bathing because the government finally understood its value to the Mosuo people.