Heavenly Lake Urumqi Xinjiang
It is in a natural setting worthy of the most beautiful green landscapes of China lies the Heavenly Lake. At Mount Tianshan, national park where nature flourishes, Heavenly Lake (or Lake Tianchi) is a small expanse of blue water, a haven of freshness away from the desert.

A Celestial Lake

Lake Tianchi or Heavenly Lake is reputed as the pearl of the Mount Tianshan. Situated in the Mount Tianshan, this lake is quite different from the rest of the region. Indeed, to reach the lake, 110 kilometers away from Urumqi, you must leave the desert and sandy area. The natural vegetation covers the surrounding mountains is definitely surprising. The green slopes highlight the beauty of the lake and snowcapped peaks. The Heavenly Lake is really small since it measures only 5 km² but has a depth of almost 100 meters! It is kind of deep water basin where snowmelt can accumulate.

Natural Reserve Park

The surroundings consist of the Heavenly Lake and Mount Tianshan, forming a nice park. The park extends over 500 km². Hiking, boat cruise and meeting with Kazakh nomads is then delightful. Although it is only 110 kilometers away from the capital of the region, the weather is unpredictable on Mount Tianshan. Even in summer, it is essential to bring warm clothes because the lake is almost 2000 meters above the sea level. This is a great way to escape the sweltering heat of the desert covering most of Xinjiang.

 

 

  • Best time to visit

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  • Altitude

    800M Altitude Heavenly Lake
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