Egg Boiling at Jioujhihze Hot Springs in Taiwan

Boil eggs while enjoying the Jiuzhize hot springs in Yilan County, Taiwan
Egg boiling at Jioujhihze Hot Springs

Taiwan has many quirky attractions and oddities.

From the Wanli UFO Village to toilet-themed restaurants, there’s no shortage of unique things to do in Taiwan.

Besides Taroko Gorge and the East Coast Road Trip, One of our favorite unique Taiwan attractions is Jioujhihze’s hot spring egg-boiling area.

At first glance, you might think this area is like any typical therapeutic mineral hot spring in Taiwan.

But this spring doesn’t just improve your circulation and relax sore muscles.

With its alkaline sodium bicarbonate spring water, this area is also known for its ability to boil eggs.

The history of Jioujhihze hot spring egg-boiling area

The Jioujhihze hot spring egg-boiling area has been operating for over 20 years.

In 2018, the area was closed temporarily to the public.

It re-opened on May 21, 2019, after months of extensive renovations and upgrades.

The renovations include replacing old pipelines and adding more barrier-free passages, pavilions, and toilets.

Additionally, it includes replacing the old egg-boiling pool with two new ones to prevent it from becoming overcrowded.

Renovating these pools cost around 476,000 USD.

While this area is located near Jioujhihze Hot Spring, it’s a separate facility. 

You can also access the egg-boiling area for free.

Why people love it

The eggs boiled from these pools aren’t ordinary.

Each one is cooked to perfection in the natural hot spring waters, adding a subtle, earthy flavor that’s hard to find elsewhere.

To boil eggs here, first, you need to get a boiling basket from the store.

Then, gently put the eggs into the basket and dip them into the naturally heated water of the hot springs.

The heated waters will slowly cook these eggs, helping them absorb the spring’s mineral-rich goodness.

Once your egg is boiled, use it as a side for your instant ramen and have lunch near the beautiful Quingshui River.

Although it’s called the egg-boiling area, it can also boil and cook other types of food, including water bamboo and corn.

If you forgot to bring eggs or corn on your visit, don’t worry. 

Besides the boiling baskets, the store also sells eggs and other fresh food.

But be sure to bring your ramen! There are no convenience stores in the park.

Other things to do in the area

If soft-boiled eggs and corn aren’t your thing, why not take a scenic walk on the stunning hanging bridge nearby?

Better yet, head to Jioujhihze hot springs, and soak in its dreamy, therapeutic, light-blue water.

Jioujhihze hot springs has a variety of facilities, including an outdoor thermal bathing area for families, a spa pool, and naked bathing pools for males and females.

And unlike other hot springs, the water is pretty clear and odorless.

The water temperature of this hot spring ranges from 38 to 42 °C, making it comfortable and relaxing for human bodies.

If you’re craving a nature trip, there’s a two-kilometer-long hiking trail near the area too.

Just head to the other side of Jioujhihze Bridge, and you’ll find Jioujhihze Nature Trail.

The hike is pretty easy and can be completed in just one hour.

As you hike this trail, you’ll find epiphytes, ground cover plants, and ferns.

It’s not a thrilling and adventure-packed hike, but it’s perfect for those who want to observe the area’s natural beauty and biodiversity.

How to get there

To get there, drive to Yilan No. 7 Provincial Route.

Then, once you’ve crossed Paitou Bridge, head to No. 7A Provincial Route to Chiayua Bridge.

After crossing Chiayua Bridge, head to Lishan by turning right.

Take a left turn at the next junction, and drive for around 4.8 kilometers to the spring.

The whole trip is around 44.9 kilometers long.

There are also options for those who want to travel by bus and train.

From Taipei Main Station, catch a train to Luodong Station.

Upon your arrival, step outside the station, and you’ll find a bus terminal.

Look for a bus heading towards Jiaoxi or directly to the spring area.

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.