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The tallest man in the world  

2009-06-13 20:59:34|  分类: 英语天地 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Nowadays, the people all over the world are familiar with the NBA star YAOMING, who is 2.26 meters high. But,  much fewer people know that there was a famous Chinese giant just about 100 years ago in Qing Dynasty, and he is the man in the picture- Zhan, Wujiu. Zhan, Wujiu, whose original name was Zhan, shicha, born in Huifu, Anhui Province in 1840. According to The History of Liyuan County: During the Daoguang era at Qing Dynasty, there existed a family of giant in Changhong, Liyuan County. His father, Zhan, zhenzhong, was 8 inches tall; his younger son, was also 8 inches tall; the fourth son Shicha, was 10.3 inches tall (about 2.4 meters), who was the tallest man in the world.

Zhan, wujiu was discovered by a Amerincan man who he worked in Shanghai Yuyingtang factory. As a result, the foreigner became the agent for Zhan, wujiu and taught him several different languages, and then they traveled all over the world to perform. In year 1865, Zhan, wujiu visited the Britain. Because of his polite manner and funny humor, he was called "the Gentle Giant" by the native people and they made a waxwork for him. Zhan, wujiu is a gentleman, although he earned himself a lot of money, he at last had only a little money because of his generous. After left the entertainment circles, he started to sell teas and Chinese special artifacts in Britain and have a solitude life.

When Zhou, wujiu traveled all over the world, the potography was popular. All over the world, he wore the Chinese traditional gown and official habitm and took pictures with native people and signatured for them. This picture was took in NewYork by Zhan, wujiu and the local people,  and at that time many people made big bucks by selling his pictures.
 
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