Beijing bathhouses are fascinating places, and hours can be blissfully whiled away getting clean, being scrubbed and massaged, and lounging in front of someone else's choice of bizarre TV.
On top of massage, exfoliant and other treatments, many offer food and drink, and you can sometimes stay overnight at no extra charge.
Ranging from gaudy-baubley hangouts for China's newly-rich to the unassumingly traditional, my favourites are somewhere in between.
The best of these that I've been to is Hanjiang, with great staff, good treatments, basic surroundings and an interesting mix of clientele.
Xiaoyun Lu - from the junction with the third ring road, walk five to ten minutes northeast and Hanjiang is on the left side of the road.
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