National Geographic : 2008 May
PH OTO JO URNAL I xi ZHINONG China is home to three snub-nosed monkey species; Xi Zhinong has photographed them all. This golden snub nosed monkey lives in the high, cold forests of Shaanxi Province's Qinling Mountains. "I found out these monkeys have highways of their own," he says. "They always jump from one tree to another at the same spot." Xi lives in Beijing now, but returns to Yunnan every year to photograph the snub-nosed monkeys. He sometimes waits for weeks in the wild to see even one. "Most of the time the monkeys live in the conifer forest above 4,000 meters," says Xi. "But they occasionally climb down the mountain looking for food in the broadleaves."