Kunming Massage Guide: Spas and Massages on all Budgets

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It is certainly true that Kunming has a great number of massage parlours with the varying quality. To help you avoid any unnecessary trouble and nasty surprises, we’ve compiled a short list of some spas and massage centers which is believable for your reference. Unless otherwise stated, all venues offer Chinese style massages, which seem to pay more attention to the joints and ligaments compared to Swedish, which tends to concentrate on the muscles.

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Jinfang Forest Hot Springs

Jinfang Forest Hot Springs is set in the natural hot spring area north of Anning, which is host to around a dozen different establishments. Jinfang is our firm favourite, both for its ambience and the excellent massage services, perfect after a long soak. The springs are set in a calming outdoor forested area. Pine needles drift down into the rose petal, mint, milk or lemon scented waters. If you so desire, there is even a pool filled with little fish that will nibble you clean. The pools are well spaced and so Jinfang offers more privacy than most, even at the busier weekends. As well as unlimited access to the pools, a 128 RMB ticket includes a back rub and towel down in the changing rooms, and an hour long foot massage on the second floor with its army of masseuses. If you don’t want to listen to the loud Chinese historical soap operas on the TV, we suggest bringing an MP3. For around 200 RMB you get the works, including a facial and a full body massage with aromatic, moisturising oils. The massage staff is well trained and is happy to chat away or leave you drifting on your own thoughts as you prefer.

  • Add:Wenquan Zhenlong Xi Lu, Kunming
  • Opening hours: 10:00-02:00 daily
  • Tel:087 1863 1588
  • Getting there: Buses and small vans leave regularly from the station on Renmin Xi Lu. Both are 8 RMB and drop you off on Baihua Lan Lu on the east of An’ning City, a forty minute drive from Kunming proper. From here you can take a taxi, around 30 RMB or a small bread van, around 5 RMB per person to the hot spring complex north of An’ning.

Sunnyside Massage Clinic/Blind Massage Centre

Sunnyside Massage Clinic has been around for several years and is definitely one of the better choices. Sunnyside Massage is set at the end of a small tree lined side street that runs off Wenlin Jie. If you’re having trouble finding it, look out for Teresa’s Pizza and Prague Café, the street runs down from between them. Its removal from the noisy main road makes it one of the quietest and most relaxing options for a massage in this busy area. All masseuses here are blind. They are friendly and extremely experienced. The parlour itself is very small with only four tables. This might mean you have to wait, especially at busier evening times or at the weekend. However, the size of the parlour adds to its quiet and homey atmosphere. Sunnyside concentrates on body massage and has a range of discount deals available. A 60 minute body massage starts at 30 RMB. A discount card can be bought for 250 RMB, which gives you ten visits. A 45 minute massage is priced at 25 RMB and the discount card 200 RMB. The 30 minute massage is 20 RMB and the discount card 150 RMB. Foot massages are also offered priced at 35 RMB and with a discount card, again for ten visits, its available for 300 RMB. The masseuses are happy to oblige if you have a particular problem pain area which needs special attention, however, you’ll need to tell them in Chinese.

  • Add:Wenlin Jie, 2 Fuyong Dao, Kunming
  • Opening hours:10:00-24:00 daily
  • Tel: 087 1532 5313 / 137 5916 3327

Chenshi Zhuanye Mangren Anmo Dian

Chen’s place can be a little difficult to find if you are not familiar with Kunming. If you’re walking up Wenhua Xiang from Wenlin Jie, look out for a very small street on the left just before the police station. Chen’s Blind Massage parlour is the last shop on the right. Chen’s is a relatively new venture but Lao Chen himself is very experienced. The parlour is another super low key blind massage place, which is all about the quality of the massage rather than the décor. One hour body massages are priced at 30 RMB and half body massages 20 RMB. Foot cure services (zuliao, 足疗) are also offered. They are a little more expensive at 38 RMB but are worth the price. If you haven’t had one of these before think of a pedicure complete with relaxing footbaths full of herbal concoctions as well as foot massaging which lasts for about an hour. Wenhua Xiang is home to some of Kunming’s Best Cafes and so you’re one minute away from a nice cool beer after the foot soaking.

  • Add:Wenhua Xiang, down the small alley next to the police station, Kunming
  • Opening hours: 10:00-23:00

Zhaoshi Xiongdi Zhuanye Xiujiao Fang

Zhaoshi reportedly has several locations throughout Kunming, but we’ve only ever discovered this one. Again, it can be a little difficult to find. Your best bet is to head into the Sujiatang residential complex and then ask someone local or show them the Chinese name. Sujiatang can be reached on either the number 98 or number 1 bus from Wenlin Jie. Your effort will be worth it. ZhaoShi specialises in foot massage and pedicures starting from an amazing 10 RMB. They get more expensive depending on the quality of herbal foot bath you request, although we can’t really tell the difference! A discount card can be bought for 100 RMB which gets you twelve visits. In case it should influence your choice either way, we’ll mention that they seem to prefer employing young men rather than young women.

  • Add:SuJiaTang XiaoQu, Kunming
  • Opening hours:10:30-23:00
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