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Shennongjia Nature Reserve Named 5A-Level Scenic Areas in China

Date: 2012.01.16 Editor: Evelyn Shi

Shennongjia Nature Reserve, the rumored hometown of a Bigfoot-like ape-man, was named one of the nation's 5A-Level Scenic Areas by China National Tourism Administration on Last Monday.


As the only well-preserved sub-tropical forest ecosystem in the world's mid-latitudes, Shennongjia boasts rich natural forest resources with more than 5,000 species of animals and plants.


The Shennongjia area has long been rumored to be the home of the "Wild man". The creature is also referred to as "Bigfoot," like the legendary North American ape-man. In the past 100 years, more than 400 people have claimed to have seen the creature, but no hard evidence of the creature's existence has been found.


The most peculiar species founded in Shennongjia are certainly the "white animals". The first albino animal spotted in Shennongjia was a white bear, which looks like a giant panda in white skin. White monkeys, white deer, white squirrels, white snakes, white crows and even white toads have also been gradually discovered by scientists.


Currently there are 125 5A-Level Scenic Areas in China, and six scenic areas are in Hubei Province, including Yellow Crane Tower, Three Gorges Dam, Wudang Mountain, Shennong Stream , Three-Gorges Tribe and Shengnongjia.