Today we visited the Tian Shan mountains and the Tian Chi (heavenly lake). It was not at all what I expected. Urumqi is a town in middle of the desert – the farthest city in the world from the ocean, as a matter of fact. But the mountains, watered by the snow caps, have lush vegetation and running water. It was very beautiful. We spent several hours by the lake. I skipped rocks and climbed rocks.
At tonight’s dinner we had (among other things) a whole goat and many speeches and gan bei’s ("bottom’s up!" – 12 bottles of red wine), as Nadine will be leaving us soon. It was touching.
Tonight I went to a bar. I didn’t really enjoy it.
Our guide here was Stephen, young and brash.