Tianshan Tianchi Lake, Changji, China 

Tianchi Lake, or Tianshan Tianchi Lake, or some people prefer Heavenly Lake, is located at the hill side of Bogda Peak in Fukang City of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, about 97km east of Urumqi. With an altitude of 1980m, it’s a natural crescent alpine lake. The lake is 3.5km from east to west, and 0.8km ~ 1.5km from north to south, with maximum depth of 105m. The greenish-blue water here is radiant like jade, just like a pearl in Tianshan Mountain. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, where are full of straight and thick growing firs and spruces.

Centered on Tianchi Lake, Tianshan Tianchi National Park covers four natural landscape zones, and it features in snow-covered mountain, glacier and alpine lake. Thick forest, vast grassland, magnificent snow mountain and unique local culture can all be seen in here. The whole area covers an area of 160km2, reach to Shimen in north, Xuexian in south, Ma Yashan on its west and Dadonggou on its east. There 8 small scenic spots in the park, 38 attractions in total. Besides the Tianchi Lake, there are two small lakes on the two sides of Tianchi Lake: East Minor Tianchi Lake and West Minor Tianchi Lake.

Epic China Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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