Heavenly Lake, Tianshan mountains, Nr Urumqi, Xinjiang

When we think of China we usually think of the busy cities or farmland covering every square inch of the countryside, but in the far west of China it is all very quiet with lakes and mountains.

Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) is located in the sparsely populated Xinjiang (New Province) just East of Urumqi and north of Turfan close to the lines of the old Silk Route running from Central Asia to the populated eastern part of China.

The Chinese for Heaven in Tian (as in TianAnMen meaning Heavenly Peace Gate) so this a Heavenly Lake in the Heavenly Mountains.

This archive photograph was taken around 1980.

Province: Xinjiang Date: 1980 Copyright: © SACU