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      XIMEN -- Red House

      Ximen is Taipei's largest gayborhood, with over two dozen gay venues including gay hotels, bars, saunas, shops and restaurants. Easy access by subway and everything here is within a short walking distance.

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    • Da Shanghai UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2015, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
        No. 12, Lane 80, Sec 1, Hankou St, Utopia Map
        台北市漢口街1段80巷12號
        2381-6276, 2311-0078

        Not far from cruisy 228 Park and Taipei Train Station. Look for a lane entering into the covered market area. Enter the lane and walk in about 150m and look for the red Chinese lanterns (with Da Shanghai in Chinese characters) and a bright orange door on the right side. This small, friendly neighborhood sauna is a pleasant surprise - not only one of the cleanest facilities in the city, but one of the friendliest - with unpretentious and warm clientele. 1/F has lockers, TV lounge, private cabins and two dark rooms, wet area with warm and cool pool, dry and wet sauna rooms, and showers. B/F has a video lounge, with more nooks and crannies, and karaoke. Can get very packed on weekends. Mostly mature customers and their fans. They offer coupons for reduced entry price on return visits. Even without a discount they are one of the cheapest saunas in the city.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Da Shanghai is a small, but well maintained sauna. Hot and cold pools, sauna and steam rooms, plus towels around. Safety supplies also freely available. Biggest problem is that smokers use the toilet area (in spite of no smoking signs) and this permeates the whole place. Down a narrow lane, but the directions given above are easy to follow." -- bear4unz, Dec 14, 2015

    • Han Men's Sauna UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2016
        2/F 120 Xi-Ning South Rd, Utopia Map
        漢士三溫暖
        2311-8681

        MRT Ban-chiao line, Xi-men stop, walk along Cheng-du Rd, turn left on Hsi Ning Rd for a short distance. Look for the large sign on the corner at the front of the alley and a kind of rainbow paint job on the alley entrance. They've refurbished everything in 2013 and the place is clean and busy - certainly the nicest sauna in Ximen area, though not the biggest. Very friendly reception desk with large towels available. Double locks on the lockers. Also on this floor is a small snack and reading area, a dark TV lounge and wet area with warm soaking pool, showers, steam and dry sauna. 3/F has gay video station, dark room and private cabins. Dark room is very happening, but wear slippers if you don't like to walk out with 'sticky stuff' on your feet. Don't leave your towel on the bench while in the dark room - people might just take it away. Everyone is welcome here: lots of cubs and chubs as well as muscular bears, age range from 20s-50s. Busiest on weekend afternoons and early evenings. Open 24 hours.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "I went to Han Men's Sauna today. Just use the Utopia Map to guide you. When you reach Kobayashi optic, turn right." -- John G, Nov 29, 2016

    • Huang Gong (Royal Palace) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2015
        20 Hsi Ning South Rd (2 doors east of the Paradise Hotel), Utopia Map
        西寧南路20號
        2381-5900

        Open 24 hours. MRT Banchiao line, Ximen stop. While older and smaller, it's clean and the staff are friendly. Weeknights there are enough guys to keep things busy. Rooms are small, but comfortable. Mature men and their admirers.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Went to Huang Gong. It's a bit old, but still kept clean. Two floors. If you like mature daddy types (from 40s-70s) this is a place for you. I personally like this place a lot. No dark room. Shower area its very bright. The steam and sauna room are in the shower area. A karaoke room is in the next building, so you have to walk through the back alley from the G?F TV room. And there are 5 or 6 rooms an the karaoke area where you can stay overnight. Blankets can be found outside of the room if needed. Overall it's a place for mature daddies. If you are too young, you might not easily find one that likes you as most daddies here like other daddies, too." -- Sam, Mar 2, 2015

    • Rainbow UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2016
        2/F No.142 Kunming St at Chengdu Rd (one block from Han Sauna and around the corner from Relax & Royal Spa), Utopia Map
        昆明街142號2樓
        2370-2899

        Once you get to the address you can't miss the stairway with rainbow flag. Crumbling and unrefurbished year-after-year, this venue is the only sauna in Taiwan that charges foreigners more (three times more!) than locals. Large wet area with two big soaking tubs at different temperatures (with very grotty bottoms you won't feel like stepping on), dismal bathing and shower areas, steam room and a large, clean and comfortable dry sauna. Also on this floor is a large, dark lounge with recliners, plus a snack and reading café. 2/F extends the haunted house feel with David Lynch tiled floors, a gay video running in front of some shabby couches, several dark mix rooms that smell foul, and private cabins and nooks in various states of disrepair. Busy, even on weeknights after work. Theme nights, such as Nude Night. Management and staff are welcoming, if blunt ("no big towel and no underwear," they cackled when we visited). Mostly local, working class crowd here. Bring some slippers if you don't like the idea of walking around barefoot on filth.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Poor hygiene and maintenance. Problem with smell and ventilation in the dark rooms. Even the sofas are old and torn. Proprietors are not the friendliest nor welcoming. That said, it is a large venue. Good crowd weekends, late afternoons and early evenings." -- Wal Lin, Oct 19, 2016


      YANGMINGSHAN HOT SPRINGS

    • Huang Ding UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2016
        346 Xingyi Rd, Beitou Dist, Utopia Map

        The young, fit gay crowd has moved here from the old Chuan Tang. Some discreet touching in the soaking pools. Action in the steam room. Packed on weekends and busy on week nights from 8pm-midnight.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Huang Ding is obviously a gay hot spring. I went tonight. Take the MRT and get off at Qillian station. Then, use Uber to go to the hot spring from the station. Huang Ding is located at the end of a small stretch of road, branched out from Xingyi Rd (you can't see Huang Ding from the main road). After turning into the small road, you will see Huang Ding on your left side. I advise you to Google Huang Ding's image so that you can recognize it (especially for non-Mandarin speakers like me). There are different entry rates. NT$250 on weekdays. Bring your own towel, otherwise you can buy a small gym towel for NT$100 (not worth it). The place is small. A few pools, from hot water to room temperature. All naked. The crowd I saw was mostly young Taiwanese. Only a couple of mature Caucasians. Most patrons are lean, slim to average. Some action in the steam room. Huang Ding is not fully for men. Got also for females. You still can have fun in the male-only nude bathing area. One more important advice is don't carry big backpack. The locker provided is so small. Afterwards, I used Uber to return down the hill to Qillian MRT Station (costs around NT$120, compared to going to XinBeitou Station at double the fee)." -- Jon G, Nov 28, 2016

        "Newly renovated hot spring (they took over the female area to expand the male bathing facilities). Very popular now with gays (now all-male and adult-only). Lots of tubs running from hot to icy cold, unfortunately not open to the sky but with lattice. Very gay friendly with lots of hot young menall nude (some older patrons around also). On a busy night there are, easily, 100 customers. Some cuddling and touching going on in the pools but action a-plenty in the glass-fronted steam room. Sit back in the hot waters and enjoy the view of the passing parade. Crowded changing area. Don't be surprised if you bend down to put on your shoes only to find a pert young lad just inches from your face when you sit up. Restaurant upstairs is also good and is open to public. Too bad you have to get dressed first." -- Tom H, Jul 8, 2016

    • Huang Szu UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        10, Alley 300, Singyi Rd, Utopia Map
        皇池
        2874-7979

        Take the MRT red (Tamshui) line to Shipai Station. There are taxis right outside the main exit that will take you directly to the hot spring entrance, so we recommend you do that and skip the directions which follow (there are multiple entrances from different directions to the hot springs, so a taxi is easier than bus and not too expensive - about US$8). Otherwise, if you don't mind walking and trying to find the correct hot spring: exit the station and turn right on the main road to the bus stop in front of the KFC. Take bus #508, 535 or 536 from here to Singyi RD #3 stop (there are 4 stops on the road). Get off the bus when you see the sign that says 300 Lane (NOT "alley"), which is at a bus stop right before the driveway to the hot springs. Go down the driveway past the parking lots and ask by name or show the Chinese characters below for directions (there are a lot of hot springs here, so be sure to ask to verify you are at the correct place). Huang Szu is up a short flight of steps. Pay at the counter near the entrance (bring your own small towel or buy one here) and prepare two NT$10 coins for the coin locker. Walk to the right, past the restaurant, and then right down some stairs to the ticket attendant. Take off your shoes and stow in the open cubby holes. Coin lockers for your clothes. Lovely outdoor facility with three types of hot mineral pools under a thatched roof, two cool pools, a tepid shallow pool for reclining on your back, showers, a large massage pool with different kinds of alternating jets for self-massage, dry sauna and steam room (some discreet action). Men of all ages here, with lots of Daddies, uncles, chubs and bears mixed in with the straights (so be discreet). Everyone is naked or with a small wash cloth. You can also get a decent one-hour, traditional massage at a good price. Best after 8pm, especially Sat night. Open 24 hours and some reports of activity after midnight until dawn. Pool for men is closed on Thu morning for cleaning.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Huang Szu is nowadays much more popular than its neighbor, Chuan Tang." -- topinambur, Jan 3, 2016


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    • XL Club UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        4/F No. 8 Min Tsu East Rd, Utopia Map
        民族東路8號4樓-樓下為詹士運動用品店
        2598-8856, 2598-8859

        Walkable from the MRT Yuanshan Station Red (Danshui Line). Take your shoes off on 3/F and put into plastic bags provided and carry to 4/F reception desk at entry. This unpretentious neighborhood men's club has several unique features: they serve alcohol, the have a clothing-optional gym for nude work-outs, and a large rooftop for nude sunbathing and special group parties. In addition to the very reasonable entry fee (even cheaper for Utopia Members) you will also pay a small towel and key deposit which is returned to you when you exit. Tiny towels only, so bring your sexy underwear if you are shy to walk around nude. To the right of the reception desk is their serious gym space. To the left is a lounge and hallway (with bj bench seating!) leading to one of two locker rooms. Adjacent to the lockers is the wet area (slippery floor, be careful!) with small, dark steam room subdivided by a hanging tarp. Also leading off from the locker area is a corridor lined with private cabins leading to a group mix room with couch and padded floor. Back in the bj hallway you can take a narrow stairway down to 3/F with more lockers and two more large mix rooms, one dark and one lit with red light. At 8pm the lighting in the bar and gym area goes dark with laser lights and dance music. Occasional DJ spinning live. Monthly parties. Crowd is gym-fit, 25-40, and less snobby than at Aniki. Open daily until 2am. Massage also available.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "I went to XL Club today. A little bit old, very small place and the steam was not really good. Small towels. I need to try another sauna." -- Xymer, Dec 4, 2016


      OTHER AREAS

      Comments from Utopians:

      "ANIKI Sauna and Gym is one of the best gay saunas in the world, with many amenities and western standard sanitation (which is very rare in Asia). It is very expensive at NT$1,000 per 16 hours, but it is well worth it. It may not be affordable for most locals, but it is still a paradise found." -- Jimmy W., Sep 4, 2016



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