Water Born of Fire
In many cultures and languages there are sayings which amount to “fire and water do not mix” . These age-old wisdoms, however, are not always true. An eruption of a volcano certainly produces a great deal of fire, but often a lake is formed afterwards in the very crater where this fire once raged. The Tianchi (Heavenly Lake) sitting atop the Changbai Mountain in Jilin Province has been hailed as the “blue velvet of Changbai.” It is a vast lake shaped like a giant funnel and its source comes mainly from natural rainfall. Tianchi also serves as the source for many rivers, such as the famous Songhua River.