Here is an informative little compilation from Secret China.com, aka, Kan Zhong Guo, of the five biggest, most beautiful, most awe inspiring lakes in Tibet and China, along with some stunning photos.
Qinghai Lake (Blue Sea Lake): Sea in the heart of the land
Best season to visit? From June to July for the summer migrating birds, but anytime between March and September is still good.
Qinghai Lake, located in the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau (known in China as the Qinghai Plateau), northwest of Xining City in Qinghai Province, is the largest inland lake in Tibet and China, and also largest saltwater lake. Qinghai Lake has an area of 1,733 square miles, and a perimeter of more than 235 miles, making it more than twice as large as the famous Taihu Lake.
Qinghai Lake is about 60 feet deep on average, and is an incredible 10,700 feet above sea level. Because of the high terrain, the climate is very cool. Even under the scorching sun of summer, the average temperature is only 60 degrees F (15 ℃).
Kanas Lake (Hanasi Lake): God’s palette
Best season to visit? Because of the long winter, Kanas is best to visit between June and October.
Kanas Lake is located in the North Xinjiang Region on one of China’s most remote border areas, converging with Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. The mountain lake is surrounded by the dense virgin Altai forrest. Kanas is shaped like a crescent moon, and 24 km long. The lake is almost 400 feet deep, making it China’s deepest freshwater lake.
It is nicknamed “God’s pallet” and also the “changing color lake.” “During most of the year, the water in the lake remains a dazzling turquoise,” according to China Highlights travel guide. “In May, the water is caesious from the melting snow of the surrounding peaks; in July, the water turns an aquamarine blue; in August, the water change to a dark green; and from September to May, the water is dazzling turquoise.”
It is extraordinarily picturesque when autumn comes and the leaves in the forest become golden.
Namco Lake: A place to whisper to God
Best season to visit? Summer – July to September.
Namco, also known as Namtso Lake, is located in Tibet on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In literature, the lake is said to be part of the sky that had fallen to the earth, leading it to be called “Heaven Lake.” The name Namco implies heavenly, and the place is also a famous Tibetan Buddhist shrine. Believers consider it as one of the four major mighty lakes.
Lake Tianchi: Calm after the fury
Best season to visit? Summer – July to September (other season have vast snow)
Tianchi, located in the southeast of Jilin Mount Changbai Nature Reserve, is the border lake between northern China and North Korea. Mount Changbai has magnificent scenery and abundant resources.
In ancient times, the Changbai Mountain was originally a volcano. According to historical records, it has erupted three times since the 16th century. The lave from a large volcanic eruption created the basin-shaped crater, and over time water collected forming lake Tianchi. The lava also piled up around the crater, becoming 16 mountain peaks, seven of which sit in North Korea, and nine in China.
Huoluxun Lake: Heaven created by God
Best season to visit? Summer – July and August…but don’t expect it to get to much above freezing temperatures.
Huoluxun Lake Scenic Area lies at the bottom of the mountain-encircled Qaidam Basin, in the Haixi Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, north of the Tibetan-Plateau. The Qaidam Basin is 8,776 feet above sea level, and Mount Tanggula, one of the mountains towering over it is the birthplace of Yangtze River and the gateway to Tibet.
The lake has an area of 135 square miles, and a depth of 24 feet. In the northwest part of the lake grows endless reeds, rippling with wind. On the southeastern shore sits a mountain of seashells accumulated three million years ago when the sea became land. The shells flash white light under the sun, creating a beautiful scene.
In spring and summer, a variety of birds come and play on the lake, including rare species such as black-necked birds, white swan, bar-headed goose, and yellow duck.