China’s Bigfoot (the Yeren) used in tourism ploy

Home of Chinese ‘Bigfoot’ seeks to boost eco-tourism

Shennongjia, a forest region and long rumored home of the elusive Bigfoot-like ape man in the central province of Hubei, wants eco-tourism there to boost the underdeveloped region’s economy.

Less than two months after the Shennongjia Nature Reserve was named a national 5A-Class Scenic Spot by the National Tourism Administration, the region has teamed up with Beijing, seeking the Chinese capital’s help to develop its tourism.

The Shennongjia Forest Region and Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development signed an agreement earlier this week, according to which Beijing will help Shennongjia promote tourism.

Source: China Daily

Jumping on the bandwagon as Siberia has done in promoting their Russian Yeti, China is capitalizing on their Yeren.

Bigfoot has been a symbol of the wilderness and nature. But, lately, he’s become a way to cash in on bringing people to your location to spend money on camping and treks. Unamusing. Especially since the evidence for an existence is no better than it ever was.

Located deep in the remote mountains in Hubei, Shennongjia Nature Reserve has long been rumored to be the home of the elusive creature known in China as the “Yeren,” or “Wildman” in English. It is also referred to as “Bigfoot” after the legendary North American ape-man.

More than 400 people have claimed sighting Bigfoot in the Shennongjia area since last century, but no hard evidence has been found to prove the creatures’ existence.

Regardless, it sounds like a lovely place to visit. But, not to see the Yeren.