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
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.
Xinhua News Agency. 26/May/2000
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