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Forest PArk Entrance

There is something to be said for Forest Park. We’ve been there twice now and both times Wei and I enjoy ourselves. It’s a HUGE park where you can BBQ, bike ride, take your car, take your motorcycle, site see, feed monkeys, play in child built playgrounds and who could forget, do some recon practice. Oh yeah, we’re talking paintball counter strike games.

 

Having fun is what this place is all about and for 20 RMB admission and 20RMB for two bikes who could not enjoy themselves? Wei’s and my first encounter with the monkeys was certainly a memorable one.

 

Let me just say, the colour red pisses the monkey’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 I’ve ever seen and it wasn’t until we left another way different than where we came that we discovered this little useful fact.

It's okay mate, if he takes the next peanut just shun him.
Needless to say, we went to feed peanuts to the monkeys.

 

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 didn’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.

Some of my favourite trees
Well it turns out all the monkeys can leave this cage. Yes, they can roam as free as their little monkey hearts desire (unbeknownst to me at the time). Well I’ll be damned if one older male monkey doesn’t come walking our way and then with lightening speed bite into and rip, no, shredded the bag Wei was holding onto; a bag only millimeters from her leg. He instantly ripped into the candies spewing them everywhere. My chocolate bar was also torn open and muddled with. We salvaged the water but I was just thankful Wei’s leg wasn’t torn apart. Suddenly we were surrounded by curious monkeys wanting in on the action and Wei and I were far too happy to leave Monkey Mountain.

 

Oh, and as for WeiShe was ok, she just wanted to beat the monkey to death but figured the man with the long bamboo stick wouldn’t be happy about that.

 

Our second time was much less eventful as so many people were there that the monkey’s were full, their pen littered in food and they gave a look like “Are you kidding me? I won’t beg for that.

So we left there a little disappointed; though I did enjoy seeing the monkeys swing from the trees outside their pen.

 

Since we had rented bikes we rode everywhere we possibly could, even along thin pathways winding around the farmer’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 didn’t hit anyone, no cars ran me over and I even biked along rocky single lane roads between the farmer’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 here’s to Forest Park and all the wonderful memories, the biking, the people, the monkeys and the souvenirs.

A look at a map of the whole area

 

RedCat Firsts (Aug 31st 2009):

~ Going to Forest Park

~ Feeding Monkeys

~ Having One Attack our stuff

~ Having Monkey’s free to roam around me

 

RedCat Firsts (Oct. 4th 2009):

~ Biking in Forest Park

~ 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

 

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Forest PArk Entrance
Forest PArk Entrance
Its okay mate, if he takes the ne…
It's okay mate, if he takes the n…
Some of my favourite trees
Some of my favourite trees
A look at a map of the whole area
A look at a map of the whole area
Where we entered
Where we entered
Roadway 1
Roadway 1
Roadway
Roadway
Roadway 2
Roadway 2
Looking out onto a lake
Looking out onto a lake
Many of the pathways to bike and d…
Many of the pathways to bike and …
Forests with many types of trees
Forests with many types of trees
A lotus feild
A lotus feild
Another favourite tree of mine
Another favourite tree of mine
Need to go pee? Can you hold it? B…
Need to go pee? Can you hold it? …
A mother monkey and her baby.
A mother monkey and her baby.
See? Hes trying to eat the colour…
See? He's trying to eat the colou…
Comfort only a mother can give.
Comfort only a mother can give.
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