Stop pollen my leg! Bee PR stunt in China

She Ping covered himself in bees to promote his honey. Photo: Cordon Press.

A Chinese beekeeper covered himself with over 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at promoting his honey.


The honey merchant from Chongqing, She Ping, 34, covered himself in bees that collectively weighed more than 100 pounds, using a technique known as ‘bee bearding’.

Ping said: “To be honest I felt very nervous, but I do it to promote my honey. I’m used to dealing with bees… and started these activities when I was about 22.

“It hurt but I didn’t dare to move. The main preparation is avoiding taking a shower, especially avoiding using soap because it can excite the bees.”

Mr Ping was stung more than 20 times during the 40-minute publicity stunt.

Recently, Chongqing has emerged as something of a hotspot for bee bearders, with several other local honey merchants joining in the craze and displaying signs showing bee-covered sellers.

Bee bearding participants usually attract the bees by wearing a small cage which holds a queen bee.

Currently Indian Vipin Seth holds the Guinness world record for wearing a beard of bees weighing 135 pounds. 

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