鲍喜顺 … a tall tale!
Bao Xishun (鲍喜顺)
Bao Xishun ( (鲍喜顺) , a herdsman from Inner Mongolia, China was born in 1951. He has been recognized by Guinness World Records as one of the world’s tallest living men at 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in). His family is said to be descended from the offspring of Genghis Khan, the founder of Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), but he and his five siblings had a simple childhood. Until the age of 15 he was of normal height, but then he went through a massive growth spurt, reaching 2.1 metres by the time he was 20. He developed rheumatism when he was young, as he often slept outside on the grassland with legs uncovered.
His father took him to Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, in search of treatment. While he was there he was spotted by an army basketball coach, who was so impressed by his height that he recruited him.
Bao rates his time in the army as the happiest of his life, but unfortunately, his legs began to fail him and treatment proved ineffective. After three years in the army, Bao was discharged, and he returned to his grassland home and a life herding livestock.
His mother’s death when he was in his 40s came as a hammer blow. She had been an integral part of his life, making clothes and shoes for him and looking after his welfare.He shut himself off from the world until 2004, when a restaurant owner in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, transformed his life.The man, named Xin Xing, invited him to serve as a greeter for 10 days, and his extraordinary presence at the door quickly attracted attention from the press.
A newspaper in Chifeng city helped him visit a local hospital, where doctors reassured him that he wasn’t suffering gigantism. Bao was relieved. “I’m a normal person, growing naturally,” he said.
In late 2004, the local newspaper applied to Guinness for Bao to be listed as the tallest man living in the world. As he was 0.2 cm taller than the record holder Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, he was awarded the title.
On July 21, 2005, Bao got the Guinness certificate in his hometown and was invited to London in September for a Guinness global activity, catapulting him to international fame.
In 2006 Baowent to the port city of Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province to receive treatment for his rheumatism.His appearance in the clinic caused chaos. People gathered around and jostled for a view of the extraordinary sight, but Bao remained friendly and allowed people to take photos with him.
Despite his fame Bao, a very shy and gentle man, is philosophical about his situation … “Wherever I appear, I immediately become the centre of attention. But back in my hometown, I still live a normal life.”
In December 2006, Bao Xishun was asked by veterinarians to assist them in removing shards of plastic from the stomachs of two dolphins. He was called in after the dolphins had accidentally swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China. The shards had settled in their stomachs and caused a loss of appetite and depression. Attempts by veterinarians to use instruments had failed as the dolphins contracted their stomachs.
Bao used his 1.06-metre long arms to reach into the dolphins’ stomachs and remove the plastic manually. Towels were wrapped around the dolphins’ teeth so he couldn’t get bitten. This unconventional operation was successful.
Only one important thing was now missing from Bao’s life …
After a global search for a suitable bride, he ended up falling for a saleswoman from his home city of Chifeng in northern China. Her name is Xia Shujuan and they were married in March 2007. She is 25 years younger than her husband and two-thirds his height.
Bao and his wife were now legally married, but wanted to also have an authentic Mongolian ceremony.This took place on July 12, 2007 at the Genghis Khan holiday resort on the grasslands near Ordos City. Hundreds of people, some travelling for hours, turned up to watch the ceremony and wish the couple well. .Bao and his wife waved to the crowd before going into an enormous yurt where invited guests ate lamb and cheese and watched Mongolian song and dance shows.
Bao Xishun told reporters …
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 1.8-1.9-metres tall. Then he or she can play basketball.
His bride said she was madly in love …
You need to have feelings for someone to be in love. Even if he is a big shot, you can’t love him without feelings.
In October 2008 Bao’s wife gave birth to a son at a hospital in Zunhua Hebei province.
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Long may your tale continue Bao.