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“Lovely but very crowded”

Tianshan Tianchi Lake
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Ranked #2 of 92 things to do in Urumqi
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Owner description: Formerly known as Yaochi (Jade Lake), it is guarded by the stately peaks and offers a spectacular sight.
Reviewed November 26, 2017

It is a lovely lake. But it takes more than an hour to get there (to be fair any site in that area takes an hour or two to get to because Xinjiang is a huge place). Thousands of Chinese tourists are there because it is mentioned in a bunch of Chinese stories which unless you are familiar with do not mean a thing. But the same can be said about most places in Xinjiang. Lakes in the Canadian Rockies are more beautiful and easier to enjoy.

Thank Paul C
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"boat ride"
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"the bus"
in 28 reviews
"chinese tourists"
in 11 reviews
"tianchi lake"
in 18 reviews
"day trip"
in 13 reviews
"people's park"
in 10 reviews
"cable car"
in 7 reviews
"scenic spots"
in 4 reviews
"walk up"
in 3 reviews
"snow capped mountains"
in 4 reviews
"national park"
in 3 reviews
"north side"
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"blue water"
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"mountain top"
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"half an hour"
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"beautiful scenery"
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Reviewed November 17, 2017

Having spent an enjoyable afternoon at the lake, I really don't understand why some of the reviews are so bad. The day we went it had snowed and flurried on and off. Everything was fresh with beautiful white powder sprinkled on it. The day was crystal clear and the mountains and lake were really beautiful. Yes, it was freezing cold, but we were dressed appropriately with down jackets, hoods, gloves and waterproof shoes. We did not take the boat ride, but enjoyed walking around the lake and the beauty of the snow covered trees. We also really enjoyed the beautiful view of the area fro the bus as we drove through the narrow, winding road. Perhaps we were lucky, but the day we were there we did not encounter any crowds.

Thank Geonannie
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

This makes for a very good day trip from Urumqi. It just is a bit of a drive so really is an all day kind of thing to enjoy. Picnic lunch to enjoy while gazing at the lake is what I suggest.

Thank TheTravelPirate
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Reviewed November 6, 2017

The heavenly lake wasn't part of my original itinerary but since we arrived late October and snow had started falling in the region. Some roads have been closed. Our guide told us bayanbulak grasslands by winter is closed due to dangerous road conditions.

In any case, going to the heavenly lake took 2 hours. Then we bought our tickets and road the bus up for another 30 minutes or so. Then you can either ride a smaller bus or walk to the lake itself. It was a short distance only anyway so we walked.

The view was nice. Typical alpine lake I suppose. Other things to do there is to go to a nearby waterfall that would take an hour or so to walk to and to go to the temple, which would take 2 hours as our guide said. We opted for the short boat ride instead and after, we ate lunch at one of the yurts. Throughout our entire trip from Xi'an to Urumqi, the roasted rack of lamb served to us there was the best. Even better than the whole roasted lamb and kebabs we tasted in the other cities.

We were lucky there weren't too much tourists on our chosen day but it was still a significant amount of people. Typical I guess for China and their mass tourism focused style.

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

Yes the narrow road to Heavenly Lake is very scenic, and yes the lake is very beautiful, but there are 30,000 to 40,000 tourists a day coming to view the lake with you. The area is too commercial and way to crowded to make the trip worth while.

Thank BostonSkier
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