Heavenly Lake, Urumqi – Cycling The Silk Road In China

Heavenly Lake is a lake about 30 miles southeast of Urumqi in Xinjiang.
It is 2,000 meters (6,500ft) above sea level on the stunning Bogda mountain. (Bogda is a Mongolian word for “God”.)

When we pulled into the parking lot, I felt my heart sink…. So many tourists……it is usually not a good indicator for a wonderful place.
But we took the drive out of the city to get here,……. so we decided to go with it.

This high lake is indeed a magnificent place.
It is surrounded with a distant view of the snow capped mountains called the Tian Shan Range.

We were driven to the top of the mountain, on tourist buses, through a narrow mountain road lined with villages, trees and a rocky river.

After taking the scenic spot photos, in front of the lake, we saw a sign pointing to a mountain top Taoist temple called “Ancestral Temple Of Queen Mother Of The West.”

The path was almost empty and it took us for a few kilometers, along the rocky cliffs above the blue green lake.
It was a beautiful path filled with wild peppermint, thyme, wild bush roses, lilies and dandelions.

We spotted beautiful blue flowers, and climbed hundreds of steps to the high temple.
It was a marvelous day… After we took the path less traveled.

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