Emei Mountain & Shanghai 7.27.14

Emei Mountain is allegedly where Buddhism began in China. We climbed up that shit. It was, like, totally zen. Apart from the horrible dangerous Tibetan Macques. The monkeys nearby the "Joking Mokey Zone," a.k.a. "Ecological Zone For Observation of Monkeys," a.k.a. "fucking GRIFTER MONKEYS THAT ARE VERY SNEAKY," are more or less friendly, whereas the monkey outside of that zone are assholes. Had to chuck rocks to keep one away from our bags and he seriously wanted to fight me and I did not want to fight him. We stayed at a monestery halfway and CB taught a kid how to play 2048. Li Pan. He was rad. Massive Buddha statue at the top of the mountain, but weird weather all over China sparked by the horrible typhoon in the southeast made it all socked in, could barely make out the statue and missed the "cloud sea" effect as well as the sunrise. S'ok. Still cool.

Don't feel much like writing. Sorry the image quality from the iPad transfer is doodoo. Blah blah. Having a crazy trip but bummed about air/water/food quality. Feeling weak and ill every afternoon when the UV makes the air quality especially bad. Seeking greener pastures soon, though Shanghai was a very great city. 

Just arrived in Beijing and took a break by seeing the new Transformers movie (half set in Chicago, half in China) and it was in 4D which was one more dimension than I am used to. The seats rock around, they flash lights and blast smoke into the theatre, shoot jets of air across your face when missles whizz by and shit no I am not kidding it is totally insane. We will do the predictable Beijing shit tomorrow and leave China for a while, I think. 

Favorite moment of the trip so far was rounding the corner and seeing CB fighting over her bamboo walking stick with a mid-size macaqe backed up by his two brothers and everybody screaming.

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