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‘Heavenly Lake’ Namtso wows tourists

Updated: Dec 13,2014 11:00 AM

Another site in China, known for its scenic beauty and not far from Yunnan, is Namtso Lake in the Tibet autonomous region. It has been hailed as one of the most beautiful lakes in China. Many say that its purity and solemnness are symbols of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

In Tibetan, Namtso means ‘Heavenly Lake.’ It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and is famous for its high altitude, vast area and beautiful scenery.

The lake is about 250 km northwest from Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region. Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, Namtso is the biggest lake in Tibet. Meanwhile, it is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here runs a crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join its surface in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista.

Since 2012, the Namtso scenic zone has been open to tourists during the winter. The winter season lasts until April 30th, plenty of time for visitors to explore the heavenly lake.