The second day in Zhangjiajie we took a two-hour hike through a canyon floor, where we saw lots of monkeys! Regardless of the copious signage discouraging it, the Chinese tourists fed the monkeys, and we even saw some monkeys run down from the hills and try to steal things from the tourists.
The monkey troupes had lots of babies, which were super cute!
Since we were literally the only white people at the park, we were almost as highly sought-after as the monkeys for photographs. I got tired of that quickly. I always wonder what the Chinese tourists do with their white person photos after they go home.
At one end of the valley, there was a gigantic lock for couples photos. It was free, so we all took advantage of the opportunity to experience something truly Chinese. This is the most barf-tastic photo we took:
This bridge had a warning sign that read “limit 20 people, no rocking.” It was as if the park authorities were daring the tourists to do it.
After our morning hike we went to a small restaurant for lunch. In southern China it’s traditional to use your first pot of tea to wash all your eating utensils.
After lunch we started up the mountain. We were really tired from the day before so we took a fast tram up the mountain, but first we had to wait in line again. This time there wasn’t any karaoke, but we did try some weird Popsicles. Beth’s was corn flavor, and Kieran’s was green soy bean flavor. The unanimous decision was that corn was much better.
Up the mountain!
We trekked around on the mountaintop for the afternoon, visiting various lookout points that claimed certain mountains looked like girls, or animals or palaces. Mostly we thought they looked like rocks, and our guide posited that Americans don’t have as much imagination as the Chinese. Here’s Devin at “Cloud-Reaching Pavilion.”
After a long day we went down the mountain on the tram again. Let me tell you, losing several thousand feet of elevation in 2 minutes in a tiny tram is terrifying.
After we left the mountain, it was time to catch our train to Jianxi province, so we headed to the train station and bid our guide goodbye.