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Published: April 26th 2011
April 19th-21st, 2011
We all got on a one and a half hour flight to Chengdu, quickly checked into our hotel for just the one night, and headed off to see the pandas at a reserve. That night we got to see a show famous famous for the art of face changing and shadow puppets at the Chengdu Opera. Face changing is when the performers come out in masks, and can change their masks so quick that most of the time you cannot even see their hands come close to their heads. I will try to post a video of this cause it really was pretty cool (sorry videos are taking to long on the internet here). The shadow puppets were also pretty cool and were all done by the same guy. The rest of the show though sucked and we didnt really understand what was going on. The next day we went to see Leshan Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world. We spent the next two nights in a Buddhist temple on Mount Emeishan, a holy mountain. These were pretty basic accommodations, with one of the worst squatters and showers. The showers were so bad
most of us spent the money to go to a nearby spa for a few hours which had some great showers.
The first night there was a bunch of us were sitting outside talking when without notice a huge hornet started flying above us. This thing must have been 2-3 inches and scary as hell. There were three Chinese workers around the corner, one guy and two girls, that didn’t understand what we were all freakin out about because all they saw was a moth fly in, so they were laughing at us. Suddenly the hornet flew right at them and you heard a scream of horror. The guy grabbed a broom and started swatting at it. This is the point i started recording it. I am trying to upload this video, so i hope it works. Sorry about my laughing, we just thought this was the funniest thing.
The next day we did a hike up and down the mountains in the area. They handed out what we thought were walking sticks, only to learn they were to serve an entirely different purpose. After many steps through some gorgeous woods our guide suddenly explained that the next
area is known for the “wild” monkeys and they jump on people walking by to steal whatever you have in your pockets. We all started to put everything in our backpacks only to learn that our stuff was not safer there since the monkeys learned how to open zippers. Our only defense was to scare the monkeys with our sticks, which turned out had very little effect at all. After a few minutes of us all walking with our guard up and our sticks held high, a monkey flew out of nowhere at Julie, one of the Danish girls, after i swore to protect her. I froze up for a second before i started laughing hysterically when the monkey grabbed her hair and sat on her head! I reached for my camera but was too late. I’m pretty sure i damaged the relations between Denmark and the US. I did kind of make up for it when we reached a bridge that had about 10 monkeys on it just waiting for someone to cross, and i volunteered to go first. Luckily, the monkeys have a thing for girls as several were jumped on and some lost small objects like water
bottles which the monkeys grab and quickly jump to the trees. If this video works, check out our leaders warning before entering the area the monkeys are known to control. His first line is, “They can be aggressive...”
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