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Inscription at the entrance to the "Yeren Cave" in western Hubei Province.

The Yeren (Chinese: 野人; pinyin: yěrén; literally: "wild-man"), variously referred to as the Yiren, Yeh Ren, Chinese Wildman (Chinese: 神农架野人; pinyin: Shénnóngjiàyěrén; literally: "The Wildman of Shennongjia") or Man-Monkey (Chinese: 人熊; pinyin: Ren Xiong; literally: "Man Bear"), is a legendary creature said to be an as yet undiscovered hominid residing in the remote mountainous forested regions of western Hubei.[1]


  • Description 1
  • Explanations 2
  • In popular culture 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Witnesses typically report the creatures to be covered in reddish colored hair.[2] Some white specimens have also been sighted. Their height is estimated to range from six to eight feet, although some colossal examples allegedly in excess of ten feet tall have been reported. Overall, it is smaller than the American Bigfoot. Like Bigfoot, the yeren is peaceful and will generally quietly walk away when encountering people[3] in the Zhejiang province.[4]


Some cryptozoologists have drawn a link between the Yeren and the extinct hominid Gigantopithecus, which formerly inhabited the general region.[2] It has also been suggested that the Yeren is actually a new species of orangutan, one that is ground-dwelling, bipedal and native to mainland Asia instead of Borneo or Sumatra.

It is also thought that the Yeren might just be a legend. The Yeren apparently dwells in a region already rich with superstition and strange phenomena, including an inordinate occurrence of albinism in the local fauna, adding to its mystique. It has been connected with ancient Chinese legends of magical forest ogres and man-like bears.

In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ Frank Dikötter (1997). The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. pp. 30–31.  
  2. ^ a b "The Yeren". 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Mysteries of the Unexplained.  
  • Coleman, Loren & Patrick Huyghe (2006). The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide. pp. 130–31.  
  • Adam Davies (2014). Manbests: A Personal Investigation (Chapter 1). CFZ Press.  
  • Jean-Paul Debenat (2015). Asian Wild Man: The Yeti, Yeren & Almasty: Cultural Aspects & Evidence of Reality. Translated by Paul Leblond. Hancock House.  
  • Rupert Matthews (2014) [2008]. Sasquatch: North America's Enduring Mystery; Kindle locations 2138–81. Arcturus Publishing.  

External links

  • Wildmen of China
  • Yeren: Chinese Bigfoot Reports
  • Yeren
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