Wednesday, 20. August 2014
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They call him the original 'Bee Beard' in China - and it's easy to see why.
Ruan Liangming of Fengxin County in eastern China has been on and off as the man who held the world record for bee bearding, managing at his last attempt to carry a suit of 62.1 kilograms (136 pounds) of bees, according to a Guinness World Records video.
And now he has managed a new record, this time for the longest time spent keeping his body cloaked in bees.
Ruan's record of 53 minutes and 34 seconds in Yichun city in China's Jiangxi province was witnessed and authorized by a Guinness Records certification officer.
Bee bearding, whether it is carrying the most bees or for the longest time, is a worldwide phenomenon, with competitions being held every year to see if the previous record can be beaten.
The bees are usually attracted to the body by trapping and attaching the queen bee somewhere to the body. Worker bees then home in on the queen's pheromones and quickly swarm around the person where she is placed.
Bee beard Ruan Liangming, 31, who is also a beekeeper, broke the record on the program Guinness China Night, produced in partnership with Chinese broadcaster CCTV. He was covered by approximately 100,000 bees, Ruan said.
The beekeeper added: "I love bees and they love me. Although they call me Bee Beard I am rarely stung by my flying friends.
"As long as you keep still and don't agitate the bees then all will be well. They are most gentle creatures really and extremely clever. They are sensitive to movement so I just keep as still as possible and they like to settle on me.
"I love bees. They are my life."
Recently She Ping, a 34-year-old merchant from Chongqing, covered his entire naked body in 460,000 swarming bees in an effort to generate sales for his brand of honey.
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