Today was the day! Jessica and I ventured out to Monkey Hill! All my video can be seen in under 5 minutes here.
It was much like I’d imagined; there were monkeys on the loose everywhere. They were doing a lot more hanging out and less patting people down for food than I anticipated. Oddly, there’s a bbq/picnic spot in the middle of the park, where dozens of people were cooking, eating and hanging out while monkeys jumped among the treetops, keeping their distance.
Our visit was not completely without incident, though. There was one monkey who did not look right. His face was super-red and he had a horrible open wound on his forehead, a couple inches in diameter. We call him “Zombie Monkey”. He walked straight at us, got behind Jessica and pawed her water out of her hand, which she readily surrendered. He was a creepy conclusion to our otherwise undramatic visit.
To get to Monkey Hill: take the MTR to Lai Chi Kok, exit and cross the street to the bus terminal and take the 72 bus to Shek Lei Pui Reservoir.
Do they sell things to feed to the monkeys, like a petting zoo? I saw monkeys in Belize, but not so numerous, close, or bold.
Actually, quite the opposite. You can be fined up to $10,000HK if you’re caught feeding them anything. These monkeys are wild and don’t belong to anyone; they just live out there freely.
I used to live just down the road from Monkey Hill and we regularly had a troop of monkeys playing out the back. Your pics brought back some great memories! Thanks!