Thursday, July 12, 2007

World's tallest man, Bao Xishun weds

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The world's tallest man married a woman two-thirds his size and almost half his age today in a traditional Mongolian ceremony sponsored by at least 15 companies hoping to cash in on his fame.

Bao Xishun, 56, a 2.36m herdsman from China's vast Inner Mongolia region, was carried to his wedding on the back of a mobile yurt pulled by camels at the Genghis Khan holiday resort on the grasslands near Erdos city.

Hundreds of people, some travelling for hours, turned up to see Mr Bao wed saleswoman Xia Shujuan, a mere 1.68m tall and just 29 years old.

Draped in a shimmering blue silk coat, Mr Bao waved to the crowd before going into an enormous yurt where guests ate lamb and cheese and watched Mongolian song and dance shows.

Mr Bao and his wife were legally married in March, but wanted to also have an authentic Mongolian ceremony. Link

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