For the "people of the field" of the Zhou dynasty, see Yeren (Zhou dynasty).
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]


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. The yeren is peaceful (unless atacked) and will generally quietly walk away when encountering people[3] in the Zhejiang province.[4]

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. ISBN 1-85065-287-2.
  2. "The Yeren". 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  4. Mysteries of the Unexplained. Reader's Digest Press. 1982. p. 164.
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