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Heavenly Lake (Tiānchí)
Heavenly Lake (Tiānchí) Review
After a three-hour ride from Ürümqi you'll reach what it quite possibly the prettiest lake in China, surrounded by snow-sprinkled mountains. The water is crystal clear with a sapphire tint. In summer, white flowers dot the hillsides. Unfortunately, tourism is leaving its ugly footprint. The lake's southern shore is crowded with tour groups posing for snapshots with Mount Bogda in the background. To better appreciate the lake's natural beauty, arrive before the hordes, or stay until after the last bus has departed.
Kazakh families still set up traditional felt tents along the shores of Heavenly Lake from early May to late October, bringing their horses, sheep, and cashmere goats. The Kazakh people have a long history as horse breeders and are known to be skilled riders.
From Ürümqi, day-tour buses (Y25 each way after bargaining plus Y100 entrance fee to the lake) to Heavenly Lake leave at 9 am from a small street beside the north gate of People's Park (Renmin Gongyuan). You'll have from about noon to 6 to explore the lake, arriving back in the city at 8 pm. Tickets—usually available up until the bus leaves—can be purchased near the buses.
- Address: Ürümqi
- Cost: Apr.–Oct. Y100; Nov.–Mar. Y40
- Location: Ürümqi
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