is regarded as a pearl of the Plateau, the most charming
view is the tower-like hill and this clear, peaceful
water. Such the particular water, flowers and animals
form two peculiar wonders of the Bitahai Lake: Fish
Drunk by Azalea and An Old Bear Catches Fish.
The Bitahai Lake Nature Reserve occupies
a total area of 840 kilometers with the Bitahai Lake
as the center of this scenic spot. Being in the subtropical
zone, Bitahai Lake is a fault lake with 3 kilometers
in length and 1kilometers in width. It is rich in wild
animals and plants. The vegetation is characterized
by abies -fabri and spruce. Among the rare animals and
birds, black -necked cranes are Class-A species under
state protection. The Bitahai Lake has abundant fish
resources. The precious "Bita Double-Lip Fish"
is an ancient species left from the Fourth Glacial Age.
Bita means in Tibetan a place with
a dense oak forest and "Bitahai" means a quiet
lake. The Bitahai Lake is surrounded by mountains covered
with ancient pines, oaks and rhododendrons, like an
emerald in the heart of the mountain. In the morning,
water is as black as Chinese ink, as peaks are all mirrored
in the lake; On the noon, water is as green as a jade;
In the evening, the water and the sky blend into one
color, giving a dazzling light. The most breathtaking
view of the lake is in the moonlight. When the day draws
to a close, a bright full moon arises above the eastern
mountains and over the top of the trees. From the small
cottage of the forest ranger comes the sound of joyous
singing and dancing. Weekend visitors are enjoying the
most memorable and grand spectacle in their lives.
One of the distinctive biological
characters of the lake is a small wooded island in the
center of the lake and some boats can ferry tourists
there, and on the island grow dense spruce, abies-fabri
and azalea woods. All of the green grasses, zigzags,
singing birds and fragrant flowers make you feel that
you are in a fairy world. Right around the lake there
is a dense azalea forest, whose flowers are often in
full bloom. In the fifth month of the Chinese lunar
year tourists can see a peculiar sight-the fallen azalea
flowers afloat on the water, while the fish amuse themselves
in the shallow water of the lake, swallowing the fallen
azalea flowers. The fallen flowers are little poisonous,
and will cause them to appear "drunk" as they
float on the surface of the lake, so it is called "
Fish Drunk by Azalea.
In later spring and early summer,
wild flowers bloom profusely in the meadows, the glorious
colors shine like twinkle stars in a sky of fresh green
grass; In the depth of winter, flocks of cows, horses
and sheep sport in the meadows, immersing in joy. The
Bitahai Lake is encircled by virgin forests. Black bears,
brown bears, monkeys, parrots and lynxes, clouded leopards,
buffaloes, squirrels also can be found in the forest.
Haba Snow Mountain
Meili Snow Mountain