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Heavenly Lake

 Urumqi Attractions

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Introduction to Heavenly Lake (天池)

Heavenly Lake, is about 110 kilometers to Urumqi of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.It is located at the mountainside of the Bogda Peak which is the highest peak in the east range of Tianshan Mountain.The lake is called “the Pearl on Heavenly Mountain” for its fascinating scenery.And it has been listed as one of the first group of the national key scenic spots. 

The Heavenly Lake is formed for mud-rocks flowing down from the glaciers and blocked the river. Covering 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles) and about 1,980 meters above sea level, the lake has a shape of half-moon.

Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water with melted snow as its source. The climate here is moist with plenty of rainfall. In summer, the beautiful Lake is an ideal cool resort in the sweltering desert.Visitors can enjoy not only the pure and fresh air but also the cool and pleasant weather.It’s a fairyland promises restoration. 

The name of the Tianchi Lake can be dated back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The name is from two words, Tianjing means the heavenly mirror and Shenchi means the pool of immortals. Lying at the mountainside of the snow-crowned Bogda Peak, the Heavenly Lake is surrounded by numerous towering verdant dragon spruces, tall and straight. The lake water is crystal blue, just like a bright mirror.

Heavenly Lake, a relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier and its rare birds and beasts, glaciers, special landscape and rich resources offers science lovers exploring opportunities.

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East of Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China

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Main Sights

Heavenly Lake

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Travel Information

Admission for Heavenly Lake: 90 Yuan (April 1 to October 31); 40 Yuan (November 1 to March 31)

Inter-zone Vehicle: 90 Yuan

Cable Car: 35 Yuan (whole trip); 20 Yuan (single trip)

Electric Bus: 5 Yuan (single trip)

Painted Pleasure Boat: 50 Yuan

Opening Hours:

8:30AM - 8:00PM (April to October 31), 10:00AM - 6:00PM (November 1 to March 31)

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1. Visitors can take special-line bus from the downtown of Urumqi to Heavenly Lake Scenic Area, which takes about 2 hours.

2. Visitors can also directly take a taxi to Heavenly Lake Scenic Area, which takes about one and a half hours.

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Travel Tips 

1. Recommended duration for a visit is about half of a day.

2. The best time to visit there is in summer and autumn.

3. It is suggested to take warm clothes for the changeable weather even in summer.

4. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. Because at that time, the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.

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