Shennongjia is a nature reserve 200km (124 miles) from Yicheng in northwest Hubei and has wild and unspoiled scenery. Its forests and mountains are exceptionally rich in plant life and home to the endangered Golden Monkey.
The mountains reach up over 3,000 meters (9,840ft) and contain a large and diverse selection of plants, many of which do not grow anywhere else. Some plants are believed to have medicinal properties.
In recent years, Shennongjia has also gained fame as the home of a mysterious "wild man", a Chinese Bigfoot. Sightings suggest that the creature is very tall, has red hair and leaves only footprints and chewed corn cobs in his wake. Rumors abound and stories of the "wild man" have only added to the appeal of this remote area.