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Heavenly lake(Tianchi)


Heavenly lake is located in the Tianshan national geographic park, about 110 km northeast of Urumqi, at the eastern part of Tianshan mountains. As a natural alpine lake, Heavenly lake(Tianchi) has an elevation of 1,980 meters, one km up from Urumqi, that is why it called Tianchi (lake on the sky in Chinese). In the shape of a half moon, Crystal clear water, shadows of the mountain peaks covered with ice and eternal snow, glaciers and tress makes a magical and peaceful views. At the southeast end of the lake is the magnificent Bogda Peak, meaning “Sacred Mountain” in the Mongolian language. The Bogeda Peak, 5445 meters above sea level, is the highest peak of the eastern part of the Tianshan Mountains. Riding a horse, one can, within one day, arrive at the foot of Bogda Peak. Bogda Peak was covered by ice and snow all the year round and thus like wearing a body armor, The Bogda Peak is one of the mountain peaks chosen by Chinese and foreign mountain climbers for climbing sports. The Tianchi Lake scenic area can be divided into four natural view belts: lower mountain belt, mountain coniferous forest belt, alpine and subalpine belt, and ice and snow belt. Tourists can stay overnight at the Kazak yurts just up the lake and enjoy from Kazak food and different views of the mountain like sunset, night view and sunrise.