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The Most Beautiful Four Lakes in China


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1.Qinghai Lake –a sea in the middle of the mainland


Qinghai Lake, located in the northeast of the Qinghai Plateau and northwest of Xining City, is not only the largest inland lake in China, but also China's largest saltwater lake. It is the vast ethereal and magnificent mirror from nature to the Qinghai Plateau.

Qinghai Lake has an area of 4456 square kilometers with a perimeter over 360 km around the lake. The lake is narrow from east to west, and slightly ova from north and south. At the first glance, it looks like a mast of the poplar leaves. Qinghai Lake average about 19 meters deep, with a maximum depth of 28 meters; the water storage capacity counts 105 billion cubic meters; the lake is 3260 meters above sea level. Because of its high terrain, the climate is very cool. Even though it is extremely hot summer, the daily average temperature of the lake area is only 15 degree making is an ideal summer resort.

During the August and September, there is a vast area of rape in the north bank of the river, becoming the main attraction of the lake. However, if the main purpose of travel is Bird Island, then May is the best.


2.Kanas Lake-Palette of God

Kanas Lake is located in the north of Burqin County, 150 km from the county seat. It is a mountain lake located in the Altai Mountain forests. The lake is surrounded by dense forests, sunny slope covered by dense grass. Water resource origin from the glacier and other mountain peaks.

Kanas Lake is mainly the resident area of the surrounding Mongolian. Kanas is a Mongolian word, meaning "beautiful, rich and mysterious". The lake has an elevation of 1374 meters. Kanas Lake shapes like a crescent moon, 24 km north to south and east-west width of 1.6 to 2.9 km, with an area of 44.78 square kilometers. Water depths range up to 188.5 meters, China's most alpine freshwater lake. Boundless expanse of blue lake, the reflection of peaks, the lake will change with the changes of seasons from time to time. It is a famous "color lakes", and the scenery turns picturesque in autumn. Kanas Lake is the only southern Siberia flora and fauna distribution area. There is a vertical band spectrum, peaks of silver flashes, magnificent modern glaciers.


3.Nam Lake - a place to whisper with God

Nam Lake, meaning Spirit Lake or Lake of God in Tibetan language, is a well-known Tibetan Buddhist shrine, and the faithful pilgrims respect it as one of the four mighty lakes. It is located between Damxung and Bangor.

The lake is 4718 meters above sea level, 70 km from east to west, 30 km from north to south, with an area of 1920 square kilometers. It is China's second largest saltwater lake, and the world's highest saltwater lake, about 33 meters above the deepest. It's bright and clean and vast, worthy of the name. However, it is changing the color of the sky not far from the. Sometimes blue, sometimes green, sometimes blue-green and white, sometimes dark gray, it also has a Mongolian name called “Tengger". Over and over again, it is said that actually it is a landlocked sea,the tide of the lake are subject to the moon. During the Year of the Goat, a grand festival of opening ceremony of the sacred lake will attract thousands of Tibetan pilgrims both inside and outside.

In the southeast line of the lake, the Nyainqen Tanglha Mountain climaxes to the cloud; on the north side of the lake, the plateau lies with gentle rolling hills, vast grasslands around the lake, like a giant mirror. Chamful blue sky, blue lake, snow, green grass, colorful tents and yak herders in the mountain flowers form a natural beauty, a moving picture.


4.Tianchi - the calm after fury

Tianchi is located southeast of Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve in Jilin Province, China.  In ancient times, Changbai Mountain was originally a volcano. According to historical records, since the 16th century it broke 3 times, when a large number of volcanic eruptions spewing out lava, the volcano mouth formed basin, and over time, water collected into a lake. The volcanic lava erupted material deposited on the crater has become 16 surrounding peaks, seven in the Korean territory, nine in our country. These nine peaks each have its own distinct characteristics.

Tianchi is surrounded by the famous sixteen peaks of Changbai Mountain.  The lake is 2192 meters above sea level. Tianchi is 4.85km from north to south and 3.35 km from east to west, with a total water area of 9.82 square kilometers. The maximum water depth is 373 meters, even more than the average water depth of 200 meters, also, and it is the deepest lake in China, with total water storage of about 20 billion cubic meters. Meanwhile, Tianchi is the origin of Songhua River, Yalu River ande Tumen River, known as "the source of three rivers”.