Tourists dip into ‘human hotpot’ ahead of Chinese New Year

BEIJING (AFP) – A tourist town in eastern China is trying to attract health conscious visitors with hot springs designed to look like a fiery hotpot, a popular Chinese dish said to drive away winter blues.

A hotpot is eaten with friends or family, with diners cooking raw meat, vegetables and noodles in a shared pot of spicy broth.

Visitors to the First World Hotel in Hangzhou can dip into a hot spring bath, shaped like a rectangular copper pot with nine compartments, each containing popular hotpot ingredients like chilli peppers, lime, corn and lettuce.

The hot spring is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year.

People enjoying a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang province