Bao Xishun

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Xishun Bao
Bao Xishun.jpeg
Native name
Born (1951-11-02) November 2, 1951 (age 67)
ResidenceBeijing, China
NationalityMongolian Chinese
Years active1973–present
Height236 cm (7 ft 8 1516 in)
Weight364 lb (165 kg)
Bao Xishun
Traditional Chinese鮑喜順
Simplified Chinese鲍喜顺

Xishun Bao (also known as Xi Shun; born November 2, 1951) is a herdsman from Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China, recognized by Guinness World Records as one of the world's tallest living men. He was formerly certified as the tallest living man by the Guinness World Records. However, on September 17, 2009, Sultan Kösen overtook Bao Xishun as the tallest living man.[1]


Xishun Bao claims to have been of normal height until he was sixteen years old.[2] He served in the People's Liberation Army for three years. He later returned to Inner Mongolia to live with his mother and worked at the Chifeng City local hospital for several months. In 2005, he became the world's tallest man. Bao suffers from rheumatism.

In December 2006, Xishun Bao was asked by veterinarians to assist them in removing shards of plastic from the stomachs of two dolphins. The dolphins had accidentally swallowed the shards, which had settled in their stomachs and caused a loss of appetite and depression. Veterinarians had been unable to remove them, so Xishun Bao used his 1.06-metre-long arms to reach into the dolphins' stomachs and remove the plastic manually.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Xishun Bao married saleswoman Xia Shujuan on March 24, 2007.[2][5][6][7] The Mongolian ceremony took place on July 12, 2007. Bao's son was born at a hospital in Zunhua, Hebei province October 2, 2008.[8] Bao appeared on the eleventh episode of The Amazing Race 16 as the pitstop greeter. The episode aired on May 2, 2010.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dünyanın en uzun boylu insanı bir Kürt - Firat News Agency". 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  2. ^ a b "World's tallest man gets married". 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  3. ^ "World's tallest man saves dolphin". 2006-12-14. Archived from the original on 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  4. ^ "World's tallest man saves choking dolphins". Archived from the original on 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  5. ^ "World's tallest man finds (shorter) other half". The New Zealand Herald. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  6. ^ "World's tallest man ties knot". AP. 2007-03-28. Archived from the original on April 7, 2007.
  7. ^ "Home is where the heart is for world's tallest man". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  8. ^ Simon Rabinovitch (October 6, 2008). "World's tallest man becomes world's tallest dad". Reuters. Retrieved December 25, 2015.

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Preceded by
Radhouane Charbib
Tallest Recognized Person
January 15, 2005 – August 7, 2007
Succeeded by
Leonid Stadnyk
Preceded by
Leonid Stadnyk
Tallest Recognized Person
August 20, 2008 – September 17, 2009
Succeeded by
Sultan Kösen