Heavenly Lake, Tian Chi near Urumqi
Trip Start Apr 22, 2012
145Trip End Nov 05, 2012
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Also have to admit to buying another camera - will attempt to treat this one with kid gloves - isa agony cybershot with a 20 x zoom. Used it this afternoon and really liked it.
Finally about 12,30pm we set off from Urumqi city centre and spent another 30 minutes getting past the construction on the main north south road. We were all amazed that although they were lifting huge piece of the concrete roadway to cross over the main highway, they didn't stop the traffic - so were were driving under the piece of roadway as it was being hoisted into place.
Had a great afternoon in the Heavenly Lake park - you take a bus half way up the mountain and then change over to a another exactly the same bus and get taken up the rest of the way - gets very steep and lots of hairpin bends - something like 32 in total
Roger and I visited here back in 2003 - then there was no hairpin road up the last bit of the valley - you took an ancient looking 2 seater chair lift up to just below the brow of the hill that you walked over to see the lake. We have happy memories of a great day out there with the Exodus group we were with at the time.
Today Liza and Sue went off walking - a lovely waterfall, followed by a bit of a walk around part of the lake rim along a typically Chinese footpath built onto the rock face above the lake. Then we started up the steps towards a pagoda, not at the top of the mountains but perched on a spot with an amazing view of the lake and the surrounding area. Liza stopped lower downy he hill but Sue persevered up the steps, but they had not had much tender loving care recently and there had been a fair few tone falls and mini land slides making the going a little tricky in places. REally enjoyed the exhilarating view from the pagoda and was very glad I had managed to get up there. A few other small groups of people had also managed to make their way up there as well - compared to the hoards that had been down by the lake this was an amazingly quiet spot.
Got back to the bus area where Andy and Eion were patiently waiting and was well past 7pm when we got back to the vehicles. Parked up in the parking lot for the Heavenly Lake - cooked our evening meals here and drank a cool beer - was getting dark by the time we packed up etc. Is now 11pm as I write this blog up.