CHONGQING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese bathhouse has uttered its utmost love for hotpot by opening a hot spring pool that resembles a hotpot with "boiling broth."
The "spicy hotpot" pool has become an instant hit on China's social media after it was opened in Chongqing, a southwestern metropolis known for its spicy food and rich hotpot culture, earlier this month.
The round pool, 6.7 meters in diameter, gained a spicy red color from the addition of herbs and wine, and a gushing spring adds to the resemblance of a seething soup.
"Hotpot epitomizes the culture and spirit of Chongqing, and the pool pays tribute to them," said Wang Mi, manager of the Ronghui Hot Spring that operates the pool.
To make the customers feel more like food being cooked, the bathhouse filled the soup with chili- and onion-shaped toys and placed gigantic chopsticks and plates around the pot.
On China's internet, netizens are buzzing with tongue-in-cheek questions about how it feels to take a bath in a "spicy" soup pot.
"This hotpot only contains vegetables, you need to bring your own meat," jested one user on China's popular microblogging site Sina Weibo.
Popular across China, hotpot allows eaters to cook almost any food in a boiling, often spicy, pot. Excluding the latest batch of tourists, the most common ingredients put in the pot include thinly sliced mutton or beef, offal, seafood, and vegetables.