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Heavenly Lake

Covering 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles), Heavenly Lake deserves its name as "Pearl of Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain)". It is located in the middle of Bogda Peak, 110 km (68miles) east of Urumqi.

With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water. Nestling high in the Tianshan Mountains, the superlatively beautiful Heavenly Lake lies 1980 meters above sea level and is a natural paradise with intoxicating scenery. The four hour drive from Urumqi through the seemingly endless desert may seem tiring but Heavenly Lake will provide travelers an exciting experience of the Heavenly Lake that makes the drive worthwhile.

The climate here is moist with plenty of rainfall. In summer, the Heavenly Lake is a perfect resort in the sweltering desert. One can enjoy the pure and fresh air as well as the cool and pleasant weather. The name of the Heavenly Lake can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). It comes from two words, "Tianjing," meaning the heavenly mirror, and "Shenchi," meaning the pool of immortals. As the lake water is crystal blue, just like a bright mirror.

Heavenly Lake is also one of the few unspoiled places in China. Its crystal water reflecting the snow-topped peaks, fluffy white clouds and blue sky create a breathtaking view. Lying at theHeavenly Lake mountainside of the snow-crowned Bogda Peak, the Heavenly Lake is surrounded by numerous towering verdant dragon spruces, tall and straight. As well the lake has various waterfalls with constantly changing cloud and mist, forming a splendor and open plateau landscape.

Legends about the Heavenly Lake

Except the natural beauty of Heavenly Lake, legend adds a mysterious touch. It is said that the West Queen (Xi Wang Mu) entertained King Mu of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1100B.C.-771B.C.) at the Lake. The West Queen fell in love with the king and asked him in her poem, 'The white clouds drift while the mountains reach the blue sky. Passing thousands of mountains, crossing ten thousands of rivers, you come to us from a faraway place. If you are still strong and fine, would you like to come back to us again?' The king answered in his poem, 'After I go back to central China and lead the people to a prosperous life, I will come to you again.' The reason why the king never returned is unknown, but only the placid lake and the silent mountains witnessed the lovesickness of the West Queen.

Another local legend about Heavenly Lake says that the Heavenly Empress would hold a gala at this lake whenever a local peach tree bore fruit. As this only happened about once every 3000 years, the banquets were understandably grand affairs. All the mortals would gather for such a long-awaited occasion, making the lake area into something of a Little Heaven, so hence the name, Heavenly Lake.

 

Heavenly Lake Tour

Heavenly Lake has a reputation of the Pearl on Tianshan Mountains for its fascinating scenery and was listed among the first group of the national key scenic spots in 1982. Never miss the charming scenery here during the trip!

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