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How to Get to Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) from Urumqi


Where is Tianchi Lake

Nestling on the northern side of the Bogeda Peak of the Tianshan Mountains, Tianchi Lake or Heavenly Lake is 40-odd kilometers in the east of Fukang County, and 120 kilometers away from eastern Urumqi City in Northwest, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

Tianchi covers an area of 4.9 square km and is 90 meters deep. It has an elevation of 1,980 meters. In the shape of a half moon, the lake is 3,400 meters long, about 1,500 meters wide, and 105 meters at the deepest point. It is a natural lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and sky-scraping dragon spruce fed by thawing snow runoffs. The scenic area includes 3 rivers, 18 modern glaciers, 18 lakes of which the Heavenly Lake is the most famed one.

How to get to Tianchi Lake

→Option 1
There are direct express buses departing from the gate of People Park or Hongshan Hotel. it takes only 2 hours to get the entrance of Tianchi Scenic Area.

→Option 2
Also, travelers can catch buses at Bei Jiao Bus Terminal in Urumqi to arrive at Fukang County first. The buses here departs every 10 minutes from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm and the journey takes about one hour and 20 minutes. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery outside the window on the way. Upon your arrival at Fukang, then transfer to bus to get the entrance of Tianchi Scenic Area and this takes about 1 hour (bus departs every 20 minutes from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm). If you arrive at Fukang in the afternoon or at night, you can stay a night there and go the Tianchi Scenic Area next day.

To be noticed that no mater you choose Option 1 or Option 2, the bus can only drop you off at the entrance of the scenic area. That means the bus from Urumqi will take you as far as the entrance to the park, but to get to Heaven Lake, you can either go by funicular, by shuttle bus or take the spectacular one hour walk up after you buy a admission ticket.

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