"URUMQI : TIAN CHI or HEAVENLY POOL" China Tourist Trap Tip by swesn

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  Tian Chi
by swesn

Tian Chi is a deep-blue lake surrounded by hills, and in the distance one can see Tian Shan (Heavenly Mountains) peaks.

The lake is 115km from Urumqi and many tours start from Urumqi. It is very beautiful here but heavily touristed.

Admission fees have been hiked up to Y60 now and there seemed to be a charge for everything. The kitsch tours all include a chance to wear the Kazakh costumes and pose in front of Kazakh yurts, a favourite tacky photo-opportunity for Chinese tourists.

Unique Suggestions: If possible, stay the night in one of the Kazak yurts and explore the area after the day tourists are gone.

In Lonely Planet, Rashits Yurt was recommended and I guess, there are not many choices but be forewarned that the food prepared at Rashits is terrible.

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2003
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