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Year of the Monkey

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Where is that 3rd image from anyway? The one with a thousand red lanterns lightning jp the whole street. Let me guess..its from Singapore, as such a creativity today would probably be somewhat too sensitive in some way. The bathing monkeys, one of the images following, is from Japan.

No big deal anyway.

I tried not to cry when I went there. 200 dogs trapped... there were about 50-60 dogs in one dark room, the door was closed and the place reeked. Please, please if you live in Kunming and want to buy a dog, please save one of these dogs. If you need more information on how to get there, I will give you the phone numbers.

Year of the Monkey

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I've never met a Chinese person who knows the 'animal race' story. Is it just a Western reinterpretation of the story? If not., why do very few Chinese people know it?


You can start by wandering around this website. There are tons of listings, stories and forum posts about things to do. The holiday will be long over then, so you don't need to worry about the closings listing above

I am American but am working in Chongqing.
I have a few days off and will be spending Feb 20th-22nd in Kunming.
What should I see, what should I do?
Outdoors, hiking, art, coffee are my interests.
My Chinese is limited.

I have a map of the place from the republican period which is interesting to compare to the current situation. Basically, today nothing there is ancient at all except for the tower at the top, whose majesty is destroyed by cookie-cutter temple crap that has been dotted about. The original temples up the mountain have been turned in to government-run Mahayana Pure Land temples with fake monks, instead of real working temples with a Vajrayana bent.

You can stay at the top. Originally you could stay part way up, but the government has stomped on that with the installation of the cable-car.

You can do the whole thing in a day trip from Dali. Get up early and bus to Xiaguan. From Xiaguan bus to Jizushan. Walk up the mountain, cable-car back down, bus back toward Xiaguan (may need to change buses once), then bus back to old town Dali.

It's a very underrated day out, but a bit sad to look at how important it was historically, how natural the place must have been, and what it has been turned in to.

Many Tibetans still visit, it is good to see.

The original and "real" Jizu Mountain is actually in India - not too far from Bodhgaya. Long ago Dali built up a "fake" (sort of) Buddhist kingdom and Jizu Mt, and its legend, became part of this. Interestingly also ultra-pious Tibetans picked this up somehow - or at least - Jizu is part of their holy mountains in a way or another. Cangshan used to be called Vulture Peak, also adopted from India and so on. And who knows what else, there are legends of Buddhas tooth in Dali too. Not too much is known about this all anyway, as much was destroyed, but to add to the article, it may be interesting to know that the original Jizu is in India.