It’s become common knowledge that the world’s tallest man is Chinese, especially after he helped save the dolphins. Bao Xishun of Inner Mongolia is 7’9″ (236cm), dwarfing Shanghai native and NBA superstar Yao Ming, who stands at a mere 7’5″. But that same stretch of grassland and desert may also be home to the world’s shortest man, pending Guinness’s confirmation. He Pingping (left), who is just under 2’5″ (73cm), less than a third the height of fellow Inner Mongolian Bao, is applying for the Guinness World record as the world’s most diminutive man. Still, he’s only 19 – he may have another spurt ahead of him.
According to the admittedly incomplete Wikipedia entry on human height (scroll down), the average stature for Chinese males is either 5’4.9″ or 5’6.8″. I haven’t found any statistics on average height for Inner Mongolians, but please post them if you have any.