Back down the Mountain to Fuhu

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Interior Courtyard at Hongchuping Monastery

In the morning I got out of bed and headed out to use the facilities. After walking out of my room I was told by Paul that I should have my monkey beating stick with me when I headed out. Now before everyone starts thinking those evil thoughts, the monkey beating sticks are for literal monkey beatings - as in fending off overly aggressive monkeys. And sure enough there were a couple of monkeys wondering around the monastery grounds looking for some early morning leavings for breakfast. One had found and was munching on an apple in the courtyard. Another made to approach me as I walked to the facilities, but I was able to make a quick move with my stick and he quickly backed off.  It proved to be a warm-up for back in the 'Joking Monkey Zone'.

So after taking care of business, dealing with the first monkey attack, and packing up my day pack, we departed Hongchuping Monastery.

A monkey has found some breakfast
  We stopped again at the Hard Wok Cafe for breakfast, before retracing our steps back down the mountain.  Entering the 'Joking Monkey Zone' was a scene of chaos as we left the mostly quieter upper slopes.  We were warned yesterday and going in today to guard our bags, not carry any food in our pockets, and to watch out fluid bottle if they were on the outside of our bags as the monkeys were aggressive and grabbed at anything that they might be able to eat or drink.  And what was most amusing is that the main reason for the Chinese tourists walking this way is to get a photo with a monkey.  So of course they are offering munchies to the monkeys hoping to entice one to get close.  Of course in most cases they don't get a photo but lose a hat or scarf or water bottle.
Fiddling with exposure times at a small waterfall along the trail.
  And while we didn't see any one get chomped we heard it has been known to happen.

We took some time to view the goings on and snap a few more pictures and utilize our monkey beating sticks to scare off a few of the more aggressive monkeys before heading down to Qingyin Pavilion.  Here we took some time to explore this ancient monastery originally constructed in the 9th century, but probably updated many times over the years.  The pavilion and its surroundings are impressive but the throngs of people trying to see the site took something away from the serenity of the area.

From here we split up a bit as Paul, Sjofn, and I decided to trek back to Fuhu monastery (up and over a ridge on Emei mountain), while everyone else went back down the way we came up yesterday to the parking lot to catch a bus back to Fuhu Monastery.

Qingyin Pavilion
  We turned and immediately hit another set of stairs to begin climbing the ridge.  As we climbed the crowds on the main trail quickly dissipated and other than the fact that we were on a paved trail still this was much more enjoyable.  Passed by some great viewpoints out over the lower elevations as we got higher and finally left the pavement altogether (thank goodness!).  Passed by some smaller monasteries (just some of the multitudes that call Emei home) on our way back to Fuhu.

Our walk was about 2.5 hours or so from Qingyin to Fuhu and by the time we arrived the others had been back for a while.  Patrick had arranged for some people to receive a massage and after all the walking of the past two days, I figured that would be a good idea as well.

Stairs climb on forever...
  Besides the bruising on my back from the massage in Chengdu was already subsiding.  This wasn't as rough as that one but it still felt pretty good to relax and unwind.

Walked back towards Emei to find a place for dinner early in the evening after cleaning up a bit.  Got my laundry back from Patrick and had a quiet evening wandering through the monastery grounds.  Fewer people around tonight meant I didn't have to worry about the attention of two nights previous.  Tomorrow is to be another travel day.  Heading for Xi'an.

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Interior Courtyard at Hongchuping …
Interior Courtyard at Hongchuping…
A monkey has found some breakfast
A monkey has found some breakfast
Fiddling with exposure times at a …
Fiddling with exposure times at a…
Qingyin Pavilion
Qingyin Pavilion
Stairs climb on forever...
Stairs climb on forever...
Exterior artwork at Hongchuping Mo…
Exterior artwork at Hongchuping M…
Interior Courtyard at Hongchuping …
Interior Courtyard at Hongchuping…
Window frames
Window frames
Entrance to Hongchuping Monastery
Entrance to Hongchuping Monastery
Hard Wok Cafe @ Hongchuping
Hard Wok Cafe @ Hongchuping
Descending from Hongchuping Monast…
Descending from Hongchuping Monas…
Dont get too close to momma and h…
Don't get too close to momma and …
Bashful Monkey??
Bashful Monkey??
Curious George looking curious??
Curious George looking curious??
Looking out over the Joking Monke…
Looking out over the "Joking Monk…
A tight squeeze in between the cli…
A tight squeeze in between the cl…
Fiddling with exposure times at a …
Fiddling with exposure times at a…
Fiddling with exposure times at a …
Fiddling with exposure times at a…
Fiddling with exposure times at a …
Fiddling with exposure times at a…
Tourists (Westerners and Chinese a…
Tourists (Westerners and Chinese …
Offering prayer candles at Qingyin…
Offering prayer candles at Qingyi…
Bright flowers growing at Qingyin …
Bright flowers growing at Qingyin…
Qingyin Pavilion
Qingyin Pavilion
A different perspective on this bu…
A different perspective on this b…
Talking Tea which is growing along…
Talking Tea which is growing alon…
Looking out over the ridge of Emei…
Looking out over the ridge of Eme…
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