Back down the Mountain to Fuhu
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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.
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.
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.
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.