Being surrounded by thick spruce forest and snow capped Heavenly mountain, the Heavenly Lake own the picturesque scenery and because its high altitude, Heavenly Lake is regarded as the ideal summer resort of Xianjiang.
Actually the Heavenly Lake is the name of several neighboring lakes. Besides the main lake, there are still one minor lake to east and west respectively. 500 meters east to the main lake lies the Eastern Lake which is said to be the place where the West Queen (Xi Wang Mu) had bath. West side of the main lake is the Western Lake. This lake is said to be the water pot where West Queen washed here feet. The western lake takes the shape of full moon. The water of this lake is so crystal that it looks like a moon falls down on the mountain.
In summer, Boating on the lake tourists would see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky, their slopes highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers. Fishing at dusk has its own special charm.
As if the natural beauty of Heavenly Lake were not enough, legend adds a mysterious touch. It is said that the West Queen (Xi Wang Mu) entertained King Mu of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1100B.C.-771B.C.) here. The West Queen fell in love with the king and wrote him in her poem, ‘The white clouds drift while the mountains reach the blue sky. Passing thousands of mountains, crossing ten thousands of rivers, you come to us from afar. If you are still strong and fine, would you like to come back to us again?’ The king answered in his poem, “After I go back to central China and lead the people to a prosperous life, I will go back to meet you .” But the King never returned and the Western Queen waited him all her life.