Researchers will start exploring large areas of primitive forest this month in the Shennongjia region of central China’s Hubei province, local authorities said Sunday.
A group of 38 experts from several universities and research institutions will begin the expedition on July 8, according to a statement from the Shennongjia Nature Reserve’s management bureau.
The trip is scheduled to last through August, the statement said.
The group will focus on studying the region’s animals, plants and land features and will publish its research results later, it said.
More than 400 people have claimed to have seen the Yeren in the Shennongjia area over the past century, but no hard evidence has been found to prove the creature’s existence.
It does sound like this is an expedition to see what is out there. Is the Yeren and afterthought? Or is it the other way around – set up what looks like a valid expedition in order to hide that they are on a quest for a creature that is currently only rumor and myth.
Regardless, the suggestion of university researchers is promising. I’m sure they will learn something.