China Daily’s Wang Xiaodong profiles 62-year-old Hubei native Li Guohua and his more than thirty-year pursuit of the Chinese bigfoot:
He can’t recall how many times he almost lost his life to unexpected cold, falling into canyons or fighting bears. He was even mistaken by police for being an armed fugitive when trying to trace the ape-like Wildman in the mountains of Shennongjia, the scene of numerous witness reports of this elusive ape-man.
[…] Li pours scorn on the large-scale science exploration teams that are occasionally organized to search for the creature.
“These guys will never find anything new like a Wildman as they make too much noise, even if they are well equipped. To find a Wildman, you have to live in the mountains and merge with nature.”
[…] “Li is a little obstinate and not very sociable,” says Wang Wei, a marketing manager of the company [which has published Li’s book]. “But he is very focused on his pursuit. It is not easy in modern society, when many people just follow the trends and frequently shift focus.”