Once world's tallest man Bao married a girl two-thirds his height

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World's Tallest Living Man, 59, Bao Xishun with wife Xia Shujuan, 29Geography Mongolia lies in central Asia between Siberia on the north and China on the south. It is slightly larger than AlaskaWorld's Tallest Man comes face-to-face with his brideThe Guinness Book of World Record confirmed Bao as the world's tallest living man last year.  He surpassed the previous holder- Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia by just 2 mmOffering of the tea to Bao by the bride-to-be's family as part of the traditional Mongolian CeremonyBig day for Bao- 7 ft. 9 and Xia- 5 ft. 6, who got married witnessed by relatives, local officials, local people and reporters.The groom arrived at the wedding rites in a decorative cart pulled by camels
World's Tallest Living Man, 59, Bao Xishun with wife Xia Shujuan, 29
World's Tallest Living Man, 59, Bao Xishun with wife Xia Shujuan, 29
Geography Mongolia lies in central Asia between Siberia on the north and China on the south. It is slightly larger than Alaska
Geography Mongolia lies in central Asia between Siberia on the north and China on the south. It is slightly larger than Alaska
World's Tallest Man comes face-to-face with his bride
World's Tallest Man comes face-to-face with his bride
The Guinness Book of World Record confirmed Bao as the world's tallest living man last year.  He surpassed the previous holder- Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia by just 2 mm
The Guinness Book of World Record confirmed Bao as the world's tallest living man last year. He surpassed the previous holder- Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia by just 2 mm
Offering of the tea to Bao by the bride-to-be's family as part of the traditional Mongolian Ceremony
Offering of the tea to Bao by the bride-to-be's family as part of the traditional Mongolian Ceremony
Big day for Bao- 7 ft. 9 and Xia- 5 ft. 6, who got married witnessed by relatives, local officials, local people and reporters.
Big day for Bao- 7 ft. 9 and Xia- 5 ft. 6, who got married witnessed by relatives, local officials, local people and reporters.
The groom arrived at the wedding rites in a decorative cart pulled by camels
The groom arrived at the wedding rites in a decorative cart pulled by camels

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The Love Life of the Earth's Tallest Man

BAO, 59, weds Xia Shujuan, 29. Bao is a herdsman while Xia is a local saleswoman. Bao is the world's tallest living man at 7 feet, 9 inches, towering over his new wife who stands just 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

People from far and near turned up just to witness the wedding ceremony following the Mongolian tradition. This was sponsored by 15 commercial companies hoping to derive income on his fame. This Mongolian traditional ceremony took place on July 12, 2007 at Genghis Khan Holiday Resort, Ordas City. Their marriage at the civil court happened on March 24, 2007.

Before entering the spacious yurt where guests were gathered to eat lamb and cheese and watched Mongolian song and dance shows, Bao waved to the crowd. He was draped in a shimmering blue silk coat.

True to the Mongolian tradition, the bride's attendants pretended to prevent Bao from getting into the camp. Then relatives from the bride's family offered the traditional Mongolian Tea to Bao and Bao accepted the tea happily. Bao acceptance symbolized that the world's tallest man has been accepted as son-in-law of the bride's family.

Hours before the wedding, Bao said: "If we can have children, we'll have children. If not, then not. If we have a child, I hope he or she can be about 2 meters talls. Then he or she can play basketball". Xia- his wife- said: "You need to have feelings for someone to be in love. Even if he is big shot, you can't love him without feelings". Xia said she was madly in love with Bao

BAO XISHUN was confirmed as world's tallest living man by Guinness World Record last year. He dislodged the previous holder, RADHOUANE CHARBIB of Tunisia by just 2 mm.

Bao signified his intention to marry someone by putting out marriage ads around the world- but ended up marrying somebody from Chifeng - his home town.

More than 2 thousand people including relatives of Bao and his bride, local people and reporters witnessed the traditional wedding.

After a career in the army as member of a basketball team, he returned to inner Mongolia where he raised livestock and hires himself out for publicity stunts. Last December Bao saved 2 dolphins by reaching deep into their stomach with his 1.06 meter long arm to pull out pieces of plastic, according to a Chinese newspaper.

Inner Mongolia decided to capitalize on Bao's fame. Xin Xing- Bao's agent- said: "We planned to use Bao as a brand to develop tourism. We want to help and serve our home town".

Everything from the alcohol drunk at the wedding to the shoes Bao's wore were sponsored by commercial establishments. One firm provided a 2.9- meter blanket.with camel hair just for the wedding.

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In this Wed- Sept. 16, 2009 photo, Sultan Kosen, 26, standing in front of Tower Bridge, London was officially crowned by Guinness Book of Record as the latest world's tallest man.  World's tallest man SULTAN KOSEN poses for school children during an event in London to promote the Guinness Book of World Records 2010 BookSultan with brother Hasan in front of Tower Bridge to celebrate the launch of the 2010 Guinness Book of RecordsSultan Kosen lives in Mardin, East Turkeyentire Turkey with its neighbors
In this Wed- Sept. 16, 2009 photo, Sultan Kosen, 26, standing in front of Tower Bridge, London was officially crowned by Guinness Book of Record as the latest world's tallest man.
In this Wed- Sept. 16, 2009 photo, Sultan Kosen, 26, standing in front of Tower Bridge, London was officially crowned by Guinness Book of Record as the latest world's tallest man.
World's tallest man SULTAN KOSEN poses for school children during an event in London to promote the Guinness Book of World Records 2010 Book
World's tallest man SULTAN KOSEN poses for school children during an event in London to promote the Guinness Book of World Records 2010 Book
Sultan with brother Hasan in front of Tower Bridge to celebrate the launch of the 2010 Guinness Book of Records
Sultan with brother Hasan in front of Tower Bridge to celebrate the launch of the 2010 Guinness Book of Records
Sultan Kosen lives in Mardin, East Turkey
Sultan Kosen lives in Mardin, East Turkey
entire Turkey with its neighbors
entire Turkey with its neighbors

New Tallest Man on Planet Earth

EFFECTIVE as of Tuesday- August 25, 2009, Sultan Kosen, 26, a part-time farmer of the town of Mardin, East Turkey, after his statistics was officially taken and recorded by representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records in London, officially replaced Bao Xishun of China as the earth's tallest living man. Measuring some 8 feet and 1 inch (2.47 meters), Kosen was crowned as such by the same Guinness Book of World Record representatives. Likewise- he's the current holder of LARGEST HANDS and FEET. His hands and feet measure 27.5 cm and 36.5 cm, respectively.

Since 10, Sultan had been growing uncontrollably because of a tumour in his pituatary gland. It caused the gland to produce far too much growth hormone and has stopped growing up a year ago when the tumour was finally operated on and removed. It is believed his height will no longer increase.

Interviewed as to what his immediate plans are, the towering Kosen -through an interpreter-answered: "To travel and see the world and have a car that accommodate my size. My biggest dream though, is to get married and have children. I'm looking for love".

Kosen had said that girls are afraid of him; that he never had a girl-friend and that his recent fame might help him find the right girl to marry. Don't despair, Kosen. Indeed your new-found fame will propel you to greater heights. Train your eyes on tall girls like you. The world over.is full of them- saucy, creamy and beautiful. Have a good pick. Good luck, Kosen.

Born in 1982 in Henan, China, ZHAO LIANG, 27, former basketball player, caused a stir when he entered Tranjin hospital because of his unusual size and height. It was April (2009) and doctors took his measurement to be 2.46 meters or (8.07 feet tall). He was at the hospital to have his old muscle tendon injury on his left foot operated on because of pain. Upon recovering from his injury, he planned to contact Guinness World Record to establish his stats records. If realized- it is assumed he'll be number 2 tallest male living human being in this planet. For the past 10 years, Zhao worked as circus entertainer, performed magic tricks and played the saxophone and the cucurbit flute

Leonid Stadnyk, 39, of Ukraine, who reportedly measured 8 feet 5.5 inches (2.57 meters) tall and was Sultan Kosen's closest competitor, was stricken from the final listing for refusing to have his statistics measured.

Robert Pershing Wadlow qualifies to be the tallest person in history. Born in Feb. 22, 1918 and died on July 15, 1940, he officially stands 8 feet 11.1 inches (272 cm) tall. He was born and buried in Alton, Illinois. (COI)

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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

That's a great article, but Bao is no longer the tallest living person. He's actually the third tallest now, having been passed up by Sultan Kosen from Turkey and Zhao Liang, who is Chinese.


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nick071438 7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

Thank you very much EYEAM4ANARCHY for your fine comb. I am amenable for any change as long as it is for the sake of truth. Right this very moment, I'll do search and browse the internet for Sultan Kosen and Zhao Liang's data. I only hope they're backed up by Guinness Book ... . Once again, accept my heartfelt gratitude.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

You're very welcome. I don't think it detracted from the original article any. And he was the tallest man at the time of the marriage, so technically your title was correct anyway.

I like the way you worked the update in at the end.


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nick071438 7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

Thank you again for your guidance, EYE... . I tried my utmost to gather relevant info and data and organize them in such a simple manner to apprise our readers re the latest human skyscrapers claim for the coveted title.


Songs For A Wedding 6 years ago

Wow! I think the most shocking picture is with Bao and He Pingping. It is amazing that two human beings can differ this much! Thanks for all this information... although it really makes me feel short!


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nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

I was sincerely elated to have you visited and inked your comments on this hub. Thank you very much- SONGS FOR A WEDDING. I've been to your website and am sure newly-weds to be will find your reservoir of wedding songs helpful.


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AllMomNeeds2know 6 years ago

Interesting article and nice pics.


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nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

THERE is a saying that goes better late than never, so may I greet you AllMomNeeds2Know a belated but heartfelt merry, merry christmas and a prosperous 2010. Your comment truly delighted me.


yurt holidays 6 years ago

Wow, that is indeed tall. I wonder if they had to have the yurt specially made for him?


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nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

I guss so. Bao Xishun's full stature of 7 feet, 9 inches must have been accomodated in the yurt to allow him 100% comfort. Thanks yurt holidays for visiting and leaving a nice line. Come again.


Mariusz 21 months ago

Wow, that is some dog! I have a real soft spot (obviously) for tiny dogs, but when you see an animal as mciegfiannt as that, it's hard not to fall completely in love


Caro 21 months ago

This is an arlitce that makes you think "never thought of that!"


Citra 20 months ago

We from the Netherlands are going to win the WK 2012 and we have the best DJ's: Armin is #1 on the DJ mag top 100 and tiesto is #3 Afrojack is #7 Fedde le grand #14 Sander van Doorn is #16 Headhunterz is #17 Ferry cotsren is #18 and Laidback Luke is #20 and we're a very tiny country compared with America!!Iedereen duimpje omhoog als je het er mee eens bent!!

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