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There is something to be said for
Having fun is what this place is all about and for 20 RMB admission and 20RMB for two bikes who could not enjoy themselves? Weiâ€™s and my first encounter with the monkeys was certainly a memorable one.
Let me just say, the colour red pisses the monkeyâ€™s off. Under no circumstances should you wear this. So why, did no one post these rules anywhere well before you get to the monkey pen? Wei unfortunately was wearing the most reddest pants Iâ€™ve ever seen and it wasnâ€™t until we left another way different than where we came that we discovered this little useful fact.
Some Chinese students were there, commented on how one of the monkeys looked like a foreigner and then when they saw me they jumped back alarmed. No worries, I didnâ€™t throw bananas at them. After that Wei and I enjoyed tossing food to the monkeys. They are such good con-artists, really. They climb up on the wire fence and stick their hand out while making little begging sounds for you to hand them a peanut. So after that we ran out of food, the monkeys walking around outside the pen left us alone for the most part and we went on to gawk like tourists at the little baby monkeys. The funniest thing happened with the baby monkey too. Out of no where he just got nervous and threw himself to the ground as if he wanted to become one with it and screamed for his mother. Well, mere seconds and she was there patting his back as he clung to her.
Remember when I said the monkeys hated red? Well, Wei and I had taken a bag of food in with us. Some candies, water bottles, chocolate bar. Nothing much but something.
Oh, and as for WeiďĽźShe was ok, she just wanted to beat the monkey to death but figured the man with the long bamboo stick wouldnâ€™t be happy about that.
Our second time was much less eventful as so many people were there that the monkeyâ€™s were full, their pen littered in food and they gave a look like â€śAre you kidding me? I wonâ€™t beg for that.
Since we had rented bikes we rode everywhere we possibly could, even along thin pathways winding around the farmerâ€™s lakes where lotus leaves grew in deep, deep waters. It was dangerous, exciting, and 100% worth every second spent doing it. We stopped only for some shopping, to lay within the shade of a tree while we looked out across a large body of water and to drink some Chinese beer.
Biking was wonderful! At first I was told to be careful, questioned if I should bike and warned time and again to the point I lost all my confidence! Mind you I was determined to go biking and not mess up. Well, I didnâ€™t hit anyone, no cars ran me over and I even biked along rocky single lane roads between the farmerâ€™s lakes where one wrong move could land you in deep trouble (with water and weeds!). It was beautiful, thrilling and all around a wonderful way to spend the day!
So hereâ€™s to
RedCat Firsts (Aug 31st 2009):
~ Going to
~ Feeding Monkeys
~ Having One Attack our stuff
~ Having Monkeyâ€™s free to roam around me
RedCat Firsts (Oct. 4th 2009):
~ Biking in
~ Seeing the monkeys not care about people there
~ Seeing new sights of the area
~ Buying Souveniers Here
~ Drinking Chinese Beer
~ Biking on a single bike in China