Tianshan Tianchi National Park
Sprawling on the edge of Mount Bogda and 100 km east of Urumqi, Tianchi Lake and the surrounding Tianshan Mountains must define the word "beauty" in the Uygur language since there is no more beautiful place within the autonomous region. Tianchi runs 4.9 square km in area and 90 meters deep; a natural lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and sky-scraping dragon spruce fed by thawing snow runoffs.
Flora and fauna
The bus from Urumqi will take you as far as the entrance to the park, but to get to Heaven Lake, you can either go by bus shuttle or take the spectacular (and steep) one hour walk up.
The free bus that takes you up to the lake stops at the 'Kazakh Cultural Village' (read: Chinese tourist trap) - best avoided (and entrance fee).
first take 73 to the north bus station in urumqi. (which is not the name of the stop. it is not, btw, the chinese name station 'north river station road' which is more than a few stops north of the right stop) From there, a bus to Fu Kang (1 hour 15 min, 12Y) from Fu Kang there is a bus to the lake (about 30 minutes 5Y). When returning to Fu Kang from the lake, expect long delays if trying to go outside of peak times.
There is a ¥190 fee to get in the park. Maya mountain bus - ¥100 Ropeway ¥120
Bus from lake elevation to top of summit (about 2 to 3 km) quoted at 200 rmb per person!
The lake itself is spectacular, particularly at sunset when the mountains in glow red. Note the Russian dachas among the modern Chinese constructions and Kazakh yurts.
Go for a horseback ride with a Kazakh guide.
You can eat at the yurts above the lake, mostly concentrated by the entrance. The yurts are rather overpriced at 40 rmb for pullao and 30 rmb for yogurt drink which can be bought at 1/4 of price in Urumqi.
There is a karaoke hall near the entrance, though beer can also be bought from the kebab stands.
While there is a hotel near the road of Heaven Lake, press on for yurt stays. The Kazakh families that run them will provide three meals and a night's lodging for ¥50. They will also help arrange horseback rides if you are interested.