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In the middle of Bogda Peak, 110 km (68miles) east of Urumqi, nestles Heavenly Lake. Covering 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles), this crescent-shaped water area deserves its name, Pearl of Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain). With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water.

In summer, the beautiful place is an ideal cool resort. Boaters on it see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky, their slopes highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers. Fishing at dusk has its own special charm. A day in this fairyland promises restoration.

Heavenly Lake, a relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier and its surrounding geological relics, offers science lovers exploring opportunities.

A boat trip on the Heavenly Lake
A boat trip on the Heavenly Lake
    
Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi)
Uygur people at the bank of Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi)
Heavenly Lake, Urumqi, Xinjiang
As if the natural beauty of Heavenly Lake were not enough, 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.) here. 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.'

We do not know why the king never returned. Only the placid lake and the silent mountains witnessed the lovesickness of the West Queen.  

Fees:

Entrance Charge: CNY 100 (Apr. to Oct.); CNY 40 (Nov. to Mar.)
Inter-zone Vehicle: CNY 70(Apr. to Oct.); CNY 40 (Nov. to Mar.)
Queen Mother of the Western Heaven Temple: CNY 10
Zoology Museum: CNY 10
Cable Car: CNY 35 (whole trip); CNY 20 (single trip)
Electric Bus: CNY 5 (single trip)
Painted Pleasure Boat: CNY 50
Mosquito Craft: CNY 35
Barge: CNY 20