Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve

Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve, Emeishan: Hours, Address, Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve Reviews: 4/5

Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve

Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve
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Emeishan Mountain, Emeishan 614200 China
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Chengdu, China2,052 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This area is reached by walking between the upper bus station and the cable car on Emei Mountain. The walk is about 2km and contains a lot of steps. The steps when covered with snow can be quite hazardous so I recommend buying temporary grips for your shoes. The monkeys live wild on this Buddhist mountain and are very used to visitors, so beware as they will help themselves to anything. Nice to get up close though.
Written January 16, 2020
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Newmarket, NH37 contributions
Aug 2013 • Business
Old world monkeys terrify me. I came for the mountain and thought, hey, I'm sure it's a healthy respect, and seeing macaques hanging out will be interesting.

No, actually, it is unbridled fear.

So we saw the macaques a few places. In the temples closer to Emeishan's base, they're smallish, and there are frequently handlers. Sometimes the handlers turn you into a macaque jungle gym. I was all set on that. It seems like a scam where the handlers stick a monkey on you, and then want you to buy things from them before they'll get the monkey to step off you.

Closer to the summit, where it's cold, and the forest is denser, and there is a low, grey mist-- there are fewer handlers, and some macaques are the size of pitbulls. And they're not shy. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty neat for a few seconds before they starting coming closer and the fear kicked in. They'll run through the trees and dangle over your head. From a distance they're neat to watch, but at this point they know they can mug the human hikers for food and what not, which is unfortunate.

#1. GET A BIG, STURDY STICK. Sometimes, the bastards come at you. You keep that stick because while most of the macaques are small-ish, there are some huge honking mamas who I'm pretty sure could have wrecked me. If they come after you (and I saw some tourists have monkeys go after them), you'll be glad of the stick. No, I don't support hurting animals, but these are not super fragile and dainty animals. I would rather have the option to put a stick up in front of me to keep just those few extra feet of distance between me and berserker monkey than not.

#2. DO NOT put your hands in your pockets. Cold hands? You should've brought gloves. Forgot something in your pocket? Leave it there. Hungry? NOPE. When you put your hands in your pockets, or even make like you are going to put your hands in your pockets, and a monkey sees? You're going to get mugged by monkeys.

#3. Avoid bright clothes.

#4. consider having little luggage locks for the zippers of your bags.

#5. Do not feed the monkeys people food. It's terrible to feed animals processed human food-- you'll make them sick (with diabetes). But also, you're just asking for trouble by pulling your own food out of your bags and pockets. This is why you can't put your hands in your pockets in the first place.

So, in closing, the macaque part of Emeishan was... interesting? The summit is better (and beautiful, scenery wise) than the monkey areas toward the base, so head up to the top for that (there are also buses). Tread carefully, have a big stick, no sudden movements, and no food. Impressive to see (not at the formal temples), and scared the crap out of me.
Written July 11, 2014
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Raleigh, NC126 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
These monkeys are numerous along the hike path from the coach station to the base of the cable car. Depending on the time of day they'll be there with their babies, or be hiding the trees. Don't present them with food - they can be extremely aggressive, and they have the strength to snatch your cell phone and make confetti of it!
Written July 27, 2019
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Mei L
Singapore, Singapore527 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
As touristy as it sounds, it is worth visiting the monkey area (it's name sounds a lot more grand than it actually is), which is literally a walkway where a number of monkeys are known to frequent. A peanut vendor sells packets of peanuts by the entrance to the ecological reserve but I wouldn't recommend feeding the monkeys. They have become very reliant on visitors for food and are often teased and prodded with hiking sticks when they come begging for food that they become aggressive. Enterprising locals have also started charging tourists for taking photos with the monkeys. You'll get a couple of nice photos but otherwise, you'll see better-behaved monkeys at the zoo.
Written September 29, 2014
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3 contributions
Aug 2014
The landscape in this area is very beautyful and the monkeys are funny and cool - BUT: if you love your life, don't go there without having an anti-rabies inoculation before! I did the mistake and one of the monkeys bite me in my leg. I didn't have anything to eat with me, just the map of the montain in my pocket. The monkey wanted to grap it and I tried to defeat myself with a stick and then it happened. 5 days later I went to a hospital in Chengdu and they gave me an injection. If you are biten by a monkey and didn't have an anti-rabies injection before your trip, you shouldn't waste any time. The sooner you get an injection, the higher are your chances to survive, if the monkey really has rabies. That's no joke, you really should take it serious. If you are infected wirh rabies it can take months until it breaks out. And then there is no chance to survive anymore! After the first injection you need about 4 more. The doctor will tell you how it works. I have no information about the hospitals in Emei Shan, but in Chengdu you can go to any hospital, no matter if it's recommended by lonely planet or not. Normally there is someone who speaks english. Don't be afraid of chinese hospitals, they are OK. Try to find out the chinese word for rabies injection. I also showed the doctor a picture of the monkey and he understood my problem. You can also continue the therapy back home but you definitely should start with it as soon as possible. The best would be to do it on the same day.
Written September 8, 2014
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James Bond
London, UK757 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
Background: As part of a 3-week circle tour of China, our tour guide arranged for a day hike up Mt. Emei and visited the Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve.

PROS: Proximity to our accommodation (Baoguo Temple) is an asset. Since it isn't located at the very summit of Mt. Emei, it doesn't take long to reach it by hiking. From Baoguo Temple, we headed in the direction of Fuhu Si (Crouching Tiger Temple), then past Leiyin Temple, Chunyang Palace, Shenshui Pavilion and just beyond the gorge and bridge at Heilongjiang Plank Way.

CONS: Otherwise known as the "Joking Monkey Zone," the ecological reserve is anything but... (The "Joking Zone," it's called. Imagine that.) Granted, there are paid zookeepers on site, but the setup looks more like a penal colony than a park. The monkeys steal anything (food, water bottles, plastic bags, valuables, etc.).
And the thieving monkeys have figured it all out. Or should I say the folks who are in cahoots with the monkeys. The way it works: Monkey brazenly steals your valuables. Vendors suggest you buy food from them to get it back. You proceed to buy the food in exchange for your valuables. Repeat the process for the next victim. What a scam!

TIP: An alternative shorter route to this site starts off at the Wuxian-gang Park (where you may park your car), then hike past Quinyin Pavilion, Niuxin Pavilion, then to Yixiantian, which hooks up with the Heilongjiang Plank Way. The weather and temperature can be drastically different at various parts of the mountain. Be prepared with good hiking shoes, hiking poles, jackets, raingear or even crampons.

When you do encounter the monkeys, remember that they are still wild. Although they may be habituated to people, they can and will attack if provoked. According to my primate researcher-friend, do not glare at, grimace at or bare your teeth to a monkey. That's an outward sign of aggression to the animals; they will often attack in response. Ignore this advice and there's no one else to blame.

Do NOT feed the monkeys -- at all. I have already seen enough obese monkeys, having subsisted on our fatty snacks, that I wouldn't be surprised if they already have diabetes or heart disease.

Verdict: One tangible advantage of having a good, knowledgeable local tour guide is that he/she can warn you of things to come, things that your usual pre-departure homework did not prepare you for: day-to-day changes, peculiar attractions, even hidden scams. Surely today, our guide had earned his keep. For, without him, these monkeys would've driven me bananas! 4 stars for scenic views, 2 stars for the monkeys. Overall, a coin toss. Grade B+.

Written June 9, 2014
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Luzhou, China11 contributions
Jan 2018
While Emei Shan's monkeys have a bad rap, the park is working actively to manage the situation. Even in the off season, rangers are at hand to make sure both visitors and the monkeys behave appropriately.
Written January 23, 2018
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Renata Moca
Queenstown, New Zealand314 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
I have to recognize that I was really scarred in the moment when I entered the monkey zone. The guide who took us their had some monkey bites on his arm from a previous visit so he didn't enter with us. He prepared us that the monkeys are aggresive and we have to be careful. We even bought a bamboo stick in case that the monkeys will attack.
If you don't have food in your hand or you're not carring purse (I left my purse at the entrance - the guide hold it) or backpack the monkeys will not attack. They attack only if they think that you having food or you want to hurt them.
We liked the monkey area. If you visit Mount Emei it worth a visit.
Written November 7, 2014
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Sydney, Australia22 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
This is my first negative review so you know it will be honest.
If I could give it zero stars i would.
This place is a disgrace there are signs asking not to tease the monkeys and to respect them but then they build i bridge and funnel the tourist right into the monkey's area where they wait and rob each tourist of any belongings they can grab. They are very aggressive and will not back down even after a firm wack with a stick.
There is nothing Ecological about this circus show and they should divert the trek to avoid disrupting the monkey's from there normal lives andseeking human intervention for sustenance ( crackers are not their natural food).
I decided to turn around and get out after I saved a Chinese lady from getting her bag snatched only to have the monkey turn on me.
Do not go there and do not bring your children there!
Written June 10, 2013
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Walton-On-Thames, UK24 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
The monkeys here are NOT wild - they come down when the keepers leave trails of sweetcorn. The result is that the monkeys are quite aggressive and used to tourists. They come after people and try and unzip bags looking for food.
We saw a particularly nasty incident where a monkey attacked a lady on the path after trying to take her bag - she ended up with an enormous deep open wound after the monkey bit her tearing open the skin.

We hope she had had her rabies jab!
Written September 2, 2012
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