A team of 38 researchers is planning an expedition to find evidence of China's answer to the Yeti.
The Yeren, or "Wild Man", has been a part of Chinese culture for centuries. Similar in description to the Himalayan Yeti and the Bigfoot of North America, the Yeren is said to be a tall ape-like creature covered in thick hair. In a concerted effort to get to the bottom of the mystery, a team of researchers from universities all over China are undertaking their own expedition in the Shennongjia reserve to catalogue the region's unique ecosystem.
Former Beijing Museum director Zhou Guoxing remains unconvinced that the creature exists. "There is no Wild Man in this world," he said. "I've visited every place where the Wild Man was reported in China. I've studied everything related to the Wild Man including hair, skulls and specimens. All of them are dyed human hair or come from monkeys and bears."
"For centuries, the villagers around the Shennongjia forest of China's central Hubei province, a forbidding 1,000 square mile reserve of high mountains and deep forests, have believed that the "Wild Man", or Yeren, lives among them."
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Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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