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Tianshan Tianchi Lake

Within Tianshan Scenic Resort, Urumqi 830002, China
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Ranked #1 of 56 Attractions in Urumqi
Type: Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Outdoors
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Owner description: Formerly known as Yaochi (Jade Lake), it is guarded by the stately peaks and offers a spectacular sight.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

One of the highlight destination on our Silk Road trip. Views of Tian Shan is stunning. Not recommended for the lake cruise

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Sydney, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Tianchi lake was one of the highlights of my trip in Xingjiang - it is as beautiful as it looks in the photos! Unfortunately the local government has transformed this beautiful lake into a big tourist attraction, charging 190RMB to all visitors! They have buses going from the visitor centre to the lake and they have built boardwalks all around... More

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Doha, Qatar
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

it was nice cloudy day when i visited there along with the friends, the landscape were so nice, its a nice picnic point, if you have some Chinese friends with you it would be very nice, do not forget to keep one translator with you whenever you are in china. minimum should know some chinese words to get your self... More

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Chicago, Illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

At the first look, you see what you see on all the photos of Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake), large body of water in front of layers and layers of mountain peaks. Then you wonder if this is it? It turned out you'll really need to hike a bit to appreciate the whole place. We realized it too late to catch... More

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103 reviews 103 reviews
51 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just go here and take tea and relax. What a beautiful spiritual place. Lovely surroundings and walks and plenty of places to sit and watch the other people enjoying this wonderful place. We loved it.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I went here in china summer vacation so it realy crowded . We should got a bus (include in ticket price) to the lake. The scenery along the way to heavenly lake was also beautiful. The lake was about 15 minute walk from the bus parking lot. For those who did not want to walk there some battery car that... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

First up, the view was alright... not too special though. I just found it very upsetting how the place tries to suck money out of your pocket wherever they can. They built the entrance gate 20 km from the actual lake so that they can ask a rip of price of 90 yuan for a bus ticket. We managed to... More

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Leesburg, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The scenery is very pretty, looks like an Alpine lake. Since I had grown up at the foot of the European Alps, I was not particular keen on taking a long bus ride to similar mountains in China. However, I was fascinated by the industrial development on the way there, by the many Chinese visitors who took pictures of the... More

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55 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We visited the lake as part of a Wendy Wu tour. So we travelled from Urumqi to the lake and back. The buses stop at a tourist centre some way away where you then catch a shuttle bus. The lake is beautiful with snow capped mountains. But having travelled in Europe a lot there are several more stunning and larger... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

It is very beautiful as many travellers will tell you. To enjoy more, 1. don't take the boat - it is a waste of time and 100rmb, you can't enjoy the view with so many people on board. The boat trip is also very short, does not even cover the entire lake. 2. beware of the temple scam - the... More

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