Bigfoot Encounters

More from China's Shennongjia Nature Reserve, 2000


CHINA: Tourists Visit Location of "Bigfoot" in Fall.WUHAN,
26 May 2000 -Xinhua News Agency

Guided tours on the periphery of Shennongjia Nature Reserve, believed home to the "Bigfoot," will be provided in the Fall, said Wang Zhenyou, mayor of Yichang City where the Three Gorges Project is under construction. "They will be able to visit the roads where local residents have reportedly seen 'Bigfoot,' but tourists will not be allowed to go further into the Nature Reserve," Wang said.

The guided tours is a part of the Yangtze Three Gorges International Tourism Festival in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province from September 30 to October 30. A team of paleo-anthropologists from Beijing, local researchers and reporters have discovered 40-cm-long footprints, brown hair and chewed corncobs in Shennongjia last October.

The possibility that it was a bear has been ruled out by Yuan Zhenxin, a well-known paleo-anthropologist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences CAS).

Life science professor Pan Wenshi from Beijing University visited the Natureeserve several years ago. He believed that it was not an ideal living nvironment for quadrumana because of frequent human activities and shortage f broad-leaved trees and berries in the forest. Wang Fangchen, head of the ommittee for Search for Rare Animals and Plants, said that repeated attempts to track down " Bigfoot" have been disappointing. However, a few scientists do believe the possibility that such a half-man, half-ape creature still exists in the forest.

It is reported that there have been sightings of "Bigfoot" in Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China.

© 2000 Xinhua News Agency. 26/May/2000

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