Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi)

Heavenly Lake Facts

Location: in the middle of Bogda Peak and about 110 km (68 miles) east of Urumqi
Area: 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles)
Come into being: in the Quaternary Period Glacier

In the east of Urumqi nestles Heavenly Lake. The 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 Heavenly Lake 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.

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How to get to Heavenly Lake

Take a bus from Urumqi Beijiao Bus Station to Fukang; and then transfer to another tourist bus from Fukang Bus Station to the Heavenly Lake.
Apr. - Oct. Nov. - Mar.
Entrance Fee CNY95 CNY45
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 feet).
Opening Hours 9:00 - 19:30 10:00 - 18:00
Transport Fee Inter-zone Vehicle: CNY90
Queen Mother of the Western Heaven Temple: CNY 10
Zoology Museum: CNY 10
Cable Car: CNY 35 (round trip); CNY 20 (single trip)
Electric Bus: CNY 5 (single trip)
Painted Pleasure Boat: CNY 50
Mosquito Craft: CNY 35
Barge: CNY 20

- Last modified on Mar. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi)
Asked by Kambalah from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 20, 2019 03:21Reply
Is month of May cold at Urumqi heavenly lake surrounding area?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nolan from FINLAND | Mar. 21, 2019 22:51

Based on the previous weather statistics, the temperature may range from 10C to 15C during that period of time. You are suggested to prepare jackets or other warm clothes in order to adapt the large temperature difference.
Asked by Sufiy from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2018 02:44Reply
Can I visit Urumqi Heavenly Lake on 26 Nov?
Where is nearest ski area?
Answers (3)
Answered by Rena from USA | Nov. 18, 2018 17:04

Yes, you can visit. The nearest ski area is at Hua'er Valley scenic area. Have fun!
Answered by Sufiy_ from MALAYSIA | Nov. 19, 2018 08:35

Hi. Which one is better hua'er ski, or silk road ski or tianshan international ski resort? Is there are any hot air baloon or parachute activities? Can you indicate the cost.
Answered by Susan from USA | Nov. 19, 2018 18:02

Tianshan international ski resort is better in my opinion. There is the hot air baloon in this ski resort.
I remember that the adult price is CNY 130 on weekdays and CNY 180 on weekends.
Asked by Benny from USA | Jul. 25, 2018 16:50Reply
Entrance fee ¥215 to Heavenly Lake what’s included?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mandy from BELGIUM | Jul. 25, 2018 20:31

It includes the entrance ticket and the fare of the tourist bus.
Asked by cami from SPAIN | Jul. 22, 2018 22:05Reply
Can someone tell me the average price to sleep in a yurt in tian shan?
and if there is any cheap way. we don't have a tent but a tent or a floor is enough for us.
Answers (1)
Answered by Juno from FRANCE | Jul. 23, 2018 02:09

It’s about CNY 120 for a person. You can bargain with the host if you are a group.
Asked by Rachel from AUSTRALIA | May. 06, 2018 19:41Reply
I have heard it is now impossible for foreigners to stay in the yurts by the lake.
Can you confirm this and / or provide information on alternative accommodation near Heavenly Lake that still accepts foreigners?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lucas from FRANCE | May. 08, 2018 22:50

Well, I didn't search any information about this. But I saw a travel note that writed foreigners are still allowed to stay in the yurts.
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