According to local legend, the area surrounding Imperial Springs was not always as lush and green as it appears today. On the contrary, the area was dry and barren, yielding little more than a hard life for the people who chose to build their village here.
One day the Emperor turned to the heavens asking the gods to help the people in this region. They answered his call by sending a guardian dragon with the mystical power of creating rainfall. This rain quickly seeped into the barren soil transforming the area into a fertile landscape producing bountiful crops and providing the villagers with drinking water with seemingly special medicinal qualities. The source of the water was a well in the middle of the village called “The Dragon’s Well”.
For many generations the villagers nurtured their love and respect for the dragon, but over time word of this fertile region spread and reached the ears of jealous neighbours who sent armies to conquer the well for themselves. To be victorious meant killing the dragon.
The villagers fought valiantly to protect their dragon against relentless attacks and in the end they were victories, but at a huge cost. The dragon was blinded and badly wounded in battle, so much so that he needed to return to the heavens.
In sad farewell, the dragon left the villagers parting gifts to symbolise for all eternity their special friendship. He left his eyes to plant as seeds which quickly grew into trees bearing sweet delicious fruit. Over time, the villagers grew groves of this mystical fruit calling it “longan”, meaning, quite literally, dragon eye due to its resemblance to an eye.
The dragon also asked the villagers to pour the blood from his wounds into deep pits and from this the hot water springs rose. This region is renowned for the healing qualities of these waters.
Today, guests at Imperial Springs can sample the legendary ‘longan’ fruit, soak in the dragon’s hot springs and wash with the waters of the dragon’s well. Good luck and wealth are sure to follow.