Western Zhejiang Tianchi (Heaven Lake) – Ticket, Opening Hours, Location, and Highlights

western zhejiang tianchi

Western Zhejiang Tianchi, also known as Western Zhejiang Heaven Lake (浙西天池), is located within the Zhejiang Qingliangfeng National Nature Reserve, serving as the primary habitat for the nationally protected wild sika deer. Situated at an altitude of 1110 meters, the lake covers an area of 567,000 square meters, making it one of the largest and highest-altitude lakes in southern China, earning the title of “the first lake in Jiangnan.”

Surrounded by low mountains adorned with lush grass and meandering streams, Tianchi offers a picturesque landscape. Standing by the lake, one can enjoy panoramic views, feeling a sense of tranquility and relaxation. The calm and clear water, reflecting the surrounding scenery like a giant mirror, becomes even more enchanting under the sunlight. Blue skies, white clouds, mountain ranges, and wildflowers are all mirrored in the lake’s surface. When the mountain winds blow, the azure waves ripple, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of ever-changing reflections.

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Basic Information

Estimated Length of Tour3 hours
Ticket PriceFree
Opening Hours24 hours a day

Location and Transportation

Western Zhejiang Tianchi is located within the Daxiagu Scenic Area in Longgang Town, Lin’an District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Zhejiang Qingliangfeng National Nature Reserve. Due to its relatively remote location, visitors can only reach there by driving themselves.

Highlights of Western Zhejiang Tianchi

Flower Sea

flower sea in western zhejiang tianchi

In May, the area around “Tianchi” bursts into vibrant colors as the mountains are adorned with blooming vegetation such as azaleas, wild roses, hydrangeas, lobelias, and rhododendrons. The hillsides become a kaleidoscope of hues with the flowers competing in brilliance, creating a fragrant and picturesque landscape. Strolling amidst this floral paradise evokes a sense of being lost in a scene of eternal spring, reminiscent of the poem “Longing for Spring Yet Unable to Find It Anywhere, Unintentionally Ending Up Here.”

Magnificent Sunrise

magnificent sunrise in western zhejiang tianchi

Zaojun Rock, towering at over 1430 meters above sea level, stands as the tallest peak in the vicinity, commanding a majestic presence. Ascending to its summit in the early morning offers a perfect vantage point to witness the sunrise. As the sun gradually emerges from the eastern horizon, initially casting a pale glow resembling a fish belly, then transitioning into a halo of colors, before bursting forth in a radiant red orb, the surrounding peaks enshrouded in mist create a mesmerizing spectacle. The chorus of birdsong from the surrounding forests further enhances the tranquil ambiance, providing a sublime experience. On clear days, it is said that one can faintly discern the silhouette of Hangzhou city from the summit.

Ancient Pass

ancient pass in western zhejiang tianchi

Located 500 meters north along the Tianchi Ancient Path is Tangling Pass, one of the “Three Passes of Northern Zhejiang” along with Qianqiu Pass and Yuling Pass. Strategically positioned atop a high vantage point, Tangling Pass is historically significant for its defensibility, earning the reputation of being impregnable. Flanking the pass are remnants of ancient city walls, believed to have been constructed during the Wu-Yue Kingdom over 2000 years ago, possessing considerable historical value. Further west, 300 meters from the pass, lies the site of an ancient Buddhist holy land, with roots tracing back to Huangbo Xiyun, also known as Master Tamingwood, who pioneered its development as a center of Buddhist practice.

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