Mount Emei is a lush natural and cultural wonderland, with temples, scenic areas, and hot springs all adding to its allure as a famous tourist destination in China. The area is dotted with a fair number of elegant Emeishan hotels at which you could base your stay, with the Anantara Emei Resort & Spa, China presenting a stellar option of a stylish Sichuan hotel for you and the family to host your adventures. The monkeys populating the verdant reaches of Mount Emei are exceptionally tame, a fact that was achieved over 1,000 years ago. Spanning over 100,000 square metres, the area of the mountain known as the “Natural Ecological Monkey Area” is the largest of its kind in China, and features pavilions, plank roads, and rope bridges that allow maximum interactions with these charming local primates. The monkeys follow a “regular” work day schedule and are “on duty” from nine in the morning until five in the evening. The monkeys exhibit a delightful diversity of personalities, from being shy and unapproachable to aggressive at times. Visitors are advised to present their hands palms up when the monkeys look directly at them, to indicate the presence of no food. Do not put your hands in your pockets or bags as this leads the monkeys to believe that you are carrying food, and they will grab your bags and belongings in search of nibbles. This enchanting experience is part of a visit to the area, and make sure you stop by the monkey reserve when you’re next vacationing in the region.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.