Both men are from the same region of Inner Mongolia. They may be world's apart in size but their worlds collided when they met to celebrate Bao's wedding ceremony at the tomb of emperor Kublai Khan. Hundreds, some of the travelling for hours, turned up to see the tallest man wed a woman two-thirds his height.
56-year-old herdsman Bao married saleswoman Xia Shujuan, who is a mere 1.68 meters (5 ft 6 inches) tall and just 29 years old. He searched the world for a companion but ended up with a bride from his home town of Chifeng in Inner Mongolia. Dressed in a shimmering blue silk coat he was carried to his wedding on the back of a mobile yurt pulled by camels.
Bao was confirmed as the tallest person by the Guinness Book of Records in 2006. In December 2006, Bao saved the lives of two dolphins when he used his long arms to reach into their stomachs to pull out plastic shards.