The rhesus monkeys roam free on the island and are not at all afraid of humans.
|Hang on, baby!|
|Aww, so cute!|
There was a special place where they put the monkeys in "jail" if they misbehaved, such as biting a tourist or something! They said it worked, but I'm not sure.......
Then we were subjected to a non-PETA-approved performance or two. You can make a monkey do anything if you tie a rope around its neck and jerk it when they don't do what you want.
Monkey Island Show
It was more fun to see the monkeys doing their own show in the trees.
You can buy monkey food to feed the animals, but I was able to find a peanut shell that this little guy was interested in.
Monkey Island was an hour or more drive away from our hotel, but we were eager to go to the beach. After lunch, we just went and walked along it, picking up shells and enjoying the view. Kirk actually got in the water--some pluses for being a guy!
|Toes in the South China Sea!|
|We took a ferry from here back across the water.|
Maybe they sell those fish at this "Fat Lady Sea Food"!
|Kirk didn't think he'd like to trust his life with bamboo scaffolding!|
|What is life like on one of these house boats?|
|Goodbye Monkey Island|
|The 2-3 story homes reminded us of those in the Xinjiang Province.|
|More sights from the bus ride--simple peasant homes.|
|Flooded rice paddies.|
|These boats were on the Sanya River, back in town.|
We could see the water from our hotel window.
|The Sanya River with the yachts!|
Another view from our window wasn't as pretty--what do you do in China if you don't know where to put your garbage? Throw it on the roof!
The nighttime view was better. There was a park on the hilltop that had a laser light show. It was fun to see. This city has many of the Li minority people, and the story is that long ago, a hunter was trying to shoot a deer, but the deer kept running away. The deer finally ran to the top of this hill, and when it turned around to face the hunter, it became a beautiful woman. They fell in love and became the ancestors of the Li people. There's a big statue on top.
|Night-time laser light show as seen from our hotel room.|
|Behind us is "The End of the World"|
|Kirk climbed a palm tree like this on our Hawaiian honeymoon!|
|There was a topiary garden with dragons, whales, elephants and a peacock.|
|Romeo and Juliet are known around the world!|
|Where do you think you are, Hawaii?|
For lunch, we went to a restaurant with this gorgeous jade ship carving, and with fish in the tanks, ready to be cooked and eaten, a common sight in China.
The Chinese tie red ribbons everywhere; car tires, trees, houses, etc. It's supposed to bring good fortune. Doesn't look like these crabs are going to get "good fortune"! Made me laugh!
NOW, for the swimming BEACH!!! I will spare you details of the disgusting changing rooms at Dadonghai Bay. The beach had no big waves, as we were in a bay, so no body surfing or boogie boarding, but the water wasn't too cold, and we had fun being in it. I even got a bit of sunburn where I forgot to put sunscreen, as usual.
It still would have been better with a Balboa Bar.
In the evening, we went for a walk and saw more interesting sights around town.
|Marxist/Communist Leaders--this was a rare graffiti we saw.|
|I was happy to support this crippled man who has developed a wonderful talent.|
|This fun bridge looked like an undulating snake.|
|This cart is attached to the SIDE of the motorcycle--different!|
Sanya Ladies Dance Club
The big buildings in Chinese towns are all lit up at night with LED lights. It makes them all look like Vegas. We enjoyed seeing them all as we went back to our hotel.
|A pretty sunset towards the ocean.|