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Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)
As if the natural beauty of the Heavenly Lake is not enough，legend adds a mysterious touch．It is said that more than 3,000 years ago，the Queen of the Western Region (Xi Wang Mu) entertained King Zhoumu of the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century-771BC)at the Lake and held court feasts．Others say it was the pond for the Queen to take bath，with the mist on the lake considered the clothes for the Queen Mother, and the lesser Heavenly Lake near by as the basin for her to wash her feet．
The number of tourists to the Heavenly Lake is on the constant increase. The Heavenly Lake is an alpine drift lake shaped in the Quaternary Glacie period，and was listed by the State as one of the key scenic spots in 1982 Besides，it is an AAAA Grade scenic spots. Generally，there are eight famous attraction spots，a few cultural relics and eye catching mountains standing in the Heaven Lake. In winter the beautiful lake is an ideal ski rink.
Situated on the northern side of Bogda Peak of Tianshan Mountains，the Heavenly Lake Nature Reserve covers 380-odd square kilometers，including 18 modern glaciers，3 rivers，18 lakes of which the Heavenly Lake ls the most famed one. It is also abundant in forest and animal resources Apart from the dragon spruces, there arc above 200 kinds of seed plants, 24 kinds of animals，50 kinds of birds, 2 kinds of reptiles, 1 kind of amphibian，and 3 kinds of fishes，offering scientists great research promises in glaciers，hydrology geology and alpine plants and animals. In 1980 it was authorised by the Stare as a national nature reserve.