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TAIPEI -- area code (886-2)

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Saunas and Fitness for Men

      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 UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2014, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
        No. 12, Lane 80, Sec 1, Hankou St, Utopia Map, 2381-6276, 2311-0078. Not far from cruisy 228 Park and Taipei Train Station. Look for the Ikari Coffee shop on the corner of this small market lane. 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 when the crowd is mixed ages, from guys in their 20s to grandpas, and many visitors from neighboring Asian countries. Mostly mature customers and their fans during weekdays. They offer coupons for reduced entry price on return visits. Even so, they are one of the cheapest saunas. 台北市漢口街1段80巷12號

        Comments from Utopians:

        "From Hankou St #80 Sec. 1, you turn into a small, dingey alley that leads to a wet market and traditional eateries. Not far in you will see a shop with red Chinese lanterns, you know you have found the place. Immediately upon entering, you will notice the crowd is generally quite old, people in their 50s or 60s, so it was a let down for me, unless you like grandpas and daddies. Went on a weekday late afternoon, not sure with other days. Place is also quite old, but generally kept tidy. It has a big bathing area, hot and cool pool, sauna, steam room, a small TV room, cabins with doors, and a karoake room at the basement. Entrance about NT$350. Condom and lube available at reception." -- kimchiseoul, Jan 1, 2014

    • Han Men's Sauna UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2014, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2013
        2/F 120 Xi-Ning South Rd, Utopia Map, 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. Mid-age and mature crowd, but everyone is welcome. Busiest on weekend afternoons and early evenings. Open 24 hours. 漢士三溫暖

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Very easy to access. Five minutes walk from Ximen Station Exit 1. From the outside, the building looks dilapidated. Inside is better, but still looks old and needs refurbishing. Went late afternoon on a weekday, and there were around 15-20 people, mostly middle age guys in their 40s. No gym fit guys, but average looking. Around NT$350 for entrance. You get a big towel. Condom and lube available. Large bathing area with disco lights and music, dark steam room, sauna, large movie room with big, old couches, and on 2/F are dimly lit cabins and a dark maze." -- kimchiseoul, Jan 1, 2014

    • Huang Gong (Royal Palace) UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013
        20 Hsi Ning South Rd (2 doors east of the Paradise Hotel), Utopia Map, 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. 西寧南路20號
    • Rainbow UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2014, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2013
        2/F No.142 Kunming St at Chengdu Rd (one block from Han Sauna and around the corner from Relax & Royal Spa), Utopia Map, 2370-2899. Once you get to the address you can't miss the stairway with rainbow flag. Crumbling and unrefurbished year-after-year. 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 ("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. 昆明街142號2樓

        Comments from Utopians:

        "I have been this Sun morning at 1am. It was crowded (around 30 people), with 90% of the crowd above 35. The foul smell and decadence are worse than ever." -- m_picavet, Nov 25, 2013


      YANGMINGSHAN HOT SPRINGS

    • Huang Szu (mixed) UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2013, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        10, Alley 300, Singyi Rd, Utopia Map, 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$7). 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 China Trust Bank (green sign). 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. 皇池
    • Chuan Tang Hot Spring (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2014, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        Same location as Huang Szu hot spring, Utopia Map. Entrance is opposite and to the left of (if you are standing with your back to) Huang Szu hot spring, across a bridge-like entrance (there are a lot of hot springs here, so be sure to ask to verify you are at the correct place). 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 down the steps to the left, past the restaurant, to the ticket attendant. Take off your shoes and stow in the open cubby holes. Coin lockers for your clothes. Small hot spring with a large hot pool, warm pool with massage jets, cold dipping pool and tiny steam room that is packed like a clown car. Guys walk around naked or with small wash towels. This place is popular with 20-40yo guys, with some gym fit and muscle men. Everyone just stands around, though. No place for action, just lots of eye candy. Busiest on weekends, esp Sat 8-10pm when almost all the customers are gay. 北投行義路300巷10號

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Raw bodies packed skin to skin in the sauna. Still, you need to remember that this is a mixed sauna, so please don't try to have a FJ or BJ in this place - it freaks the people out. But you can be assured of a HJ if you stand at the last row. The straight locals in the front rows don't care unless you cross the line." -- alexbam, Feb 24, 2014

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    • XL Club UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        4/F No. 8 Min Tsu East Rd, Utopia Map, 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. 民族東路8號4樓-樓下為詹士運動用品店




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