World's Tallest Man Weds Woman Who Reaches His Elbow
Bao Xishun, 56, and Xia Shujian, 28, wed in Beijing in a traditional Mongolian ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan, the Associated Press reports.
Before they met last year, the groom, who is a herdsman from Inner Mongolia, had been sending out advertisements around the world looking for a bride – but he didn't have to look far. His bride, it turns out, is a saleswoman from his hometown of Chifeng.
For the wedding ceremony Bao wore a specially-designed blue coat topped with a gold vest, and rode to his bride's camp in a cart pulled by two camels. This marriage Thursday was purely ceremonial: The couple already wed at a civil ceremony in March.
Thursday's nuptials were attended by 2,000 people, including relatives, locals and a large crowd of journalists, AP reports.
Last year the Guinness Book of World Records deemed Bao the world's tallest person. Xinhua has said his growth was normal until age 16, when he began growing rapidly and shot up to his current height within seven years.
Bao made headlines in December when he used his long arms to pull dangerous scraps of plastic out of the stomachs of two dolphins, saving their lives. The dolphins had gotten sick after munching on the plastic on the edge of their pool at an aquarium in northeast China, and veterinarians were unable to remove the scraps with surgical instruments.