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Chinese man covers himself with 460,000 bees in stunt to sell honey

Published on Apr 10, 2014 10:44 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey, he told AFP on Thursday, using a technique known as "bee bearding".

Mr She Ping, a 34-year-old honey merchant from the southwestern Chinese metropolis of Chongqing, covered himself in bees that collectively weighed more than 45 kilograms in a display for a group of French photographers on Wednesday, he said.

Bee bearding is a global pursuit, and Indian Vipin Seth holds the world record for wearing a mantle of bees weighing 61.4 kg, according to Guinness World Records' official video channel.

Participants generally attract the bees by placing a queen bee in a small cage hanging from their body.

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