Among other things, we went to a park called Ta Zi Shan and had shao-kao (barbeque) in the disgusting public barbeque pits (soiling your own nest is the Chinese way)
Played frisbee, did karaoke, had a halal dinner with Reshalati (Uyghur friend) and her oil-baron uncle from Xinjiang and his underlings (see dinner photo). Actually, he's not her uncle. But the actual link is way complicated. And he's not an oil-baron. But he is a big shot in the oil company and party member. And he did have lots of underlings.
Basically, having those guys here was awesome. They're sweethearts for visiting, and Maria's a sweetheart for being such a good roommate about it. Nathaniel's blog is here. A lot of these pictures are his, since he's a freelance photographer. Dig it.