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What should I know about tap water and what kind of water should I drink in Hunan?

Updated: 2014-07-24

Visitors should drink bottled water which is available at most stores and restaurants and hotels throughout Hunan. Drinking water in Hunan is usually provided from a water cooler and is typically purified mineral water. Tap water must be boiled before drinking. Bottled water is usually also used by visitors for brushing their teeth. The water quality in five star hotels is used by visitors for washing however many tourists find it necessary to use moisturizer. Bottled water from smaller bottles or water coolers should be used in schools, private residences and public facilities. Most hotels will provide complimentary bottled water, boiled water or an electric thermos or kettle.