idiom. not to know whether to laugh or cry
phr. With monkeys' sad adieus the riverbanks are loud (from the poem "Leaving The White Emperor Town at Dawn" by Li Bai, translated by Xu Yuanchong)
phr. monkeys cry and wolves roar
phr. One mourning turtle-dove is croaking on the power line.
phr. (ancient Chinese) One have live too near a wood to be frightened by owl.