Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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We trekked down to another base where Audrey and Arjen left us. Audrey had been struggling with the walking and wanted to get back to the Teddy Bear Hotel. The four of us that we left picked a tough route through the lower regions which would finish at a Buddist Monastery where we intended to stay the night. That trek was against the clock as we didn't want to be on the side of the mountain at nightfall. Although we were conscious of the time, we still took plenty of time at the most beautiful spots - look at the pictures this part was really stunning.
Mount Emei is famous for its wild monkeys, and we caught a glimpse of them in the trees as we neared the monastery. We had been prepared to use our walking sticks to fight them off - I'd heard they can be aggressive to tourists back at the hotel. At the hotel there were many messages and lots of advice from other hikers all written in ink on the walls. One message read "Don't hit the monkeys too hard - we did and that poor creature just died in front of us"!
It was getting dark as we found the monastery so great timing
The monastery was eerily quiet and we couldn't see any monks or much of the inside, we talked to a guy at a sort of reception desk and he led us to a room just off on of the internal courtyards. Our room was simple but we had four poster beds complete with mosquito nets! We found the loos in the dark and got some well earned shut-eye.