Why is Heavenly Lake special?
The area is one of the few unspoiled places in China. The crystal water reflecting the snow-topped peaks, fluffy white clouds and blue sky create a breathtaking view. Lying at the mountainside of the snow-crowned Bogda Peak, the Heavenly Lake is surrounded by numerous towering verdant dragon spruces, tall and straight. The lake also has various waterfalls. With constantly changing clouds and mist, they form a splendor and open plateau landscape.
Known as Yaochi in ancient times, Heavenly Lake is the Summer Palace of the legendary Heavenly Empress. So many places in the Heavenly Lake are related to her. The venerable elm standing beside the lake is said to be the avatar of the Heavenly Empress's hairpin. The deep Dragon Pool, which lies just under the Heavenly Lake, is said to be her swimming pool.
Heavenly Lake Highlights
Cool Resort to Spend the Summer
In summer, the beautiful lake is an ideal cool resort. Boaters on the lake see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky. Their slopes are highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers. Fishing at dusk has its own special charm. A day in this fairyland promises a restoration.
Expecting the Lake Tianchi Monster’s Emerging
Many believe that the lake is home to the Lake Tianchi Monster. It is unknown whether the monster and legendary Kun are related, neither about its existence. On September 6, 2007, Zhuo Yongsheng (director of a TV station's news center run by the administration office of the nature reserve at Mount Changbaishan, Jilin) shot a 20-minute video of 6 seal-like finned "Lake Tianchi Monsters" near the border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). One of them showed the creatures swimming in 3 pairs in parallel. Another showed them together, leaving ripples on the volcanic lake. If you are curious about the mysterious monster, never miss the wonderful Heavenly Lake.
Hiking around the Lake
To really enjoy the place, it is better to stay overnight so as to have the time to hike around and be there when the crowds are gone and the speed boats and tour boats are retired. Once the crowds leave in the late afternoon, the lake and the valley regain peace and quiet. People can go for strolls on the mountain paths, or they can hike or ride horses up to the glacier plains where the scenery is simply stunning. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the stunning celestial display and maybe campfires or meals with your Kazakh hosts.