On Mount Emei, if you hike for about five miles you can find some Tibetan Macaques. When the females are ready to mate, their faces turn red.
These monkeys live in the wild, but tourists feed them. As a result, they jump on people so that they can search their pockets for food. One monkey even tried to steal a mitten from my jacket pocket. I would have preferred to see them in a more natural habitat and not so used to people, but what are you going to do?
Also, people in Chengdu don’t care too much about keeping the area clean so it’s filled with trash. It’s really changed my perspective. When I run to work in the morning now all I can see is the trash by the side of the road. What’s wrong with us? Why does everything have to be wrapped in plastic? There’s a pile of plastic the size of Texas floating around the Atlantic Ocean. It’s called the Gyre. If you want to have a good cry, checkout this link and all the birds that eat plastic thinking it’s food. They starve to death. So I feel like this image is pretty emblematic of the problem:
Kathy linked to this amazing invention, though, where this kid has invented a contraption to capture the plastic. Here’s the video of Boyan Slat’s Ted Talk. And, on to better pictures! These are baby monkeys. Their faces are really expressive.
Their hands look a lot like ours.