Zhao Liang has very large hands - about twice as long as the hand of his doctor!

The large hand of Zhao Liang – unofficially he was measured as the tallest man in the world!

In april (2009) Mister Zhao Liang from China entered the Tianjin hospital for an operation to relieve pain from an old muscle tendon injury on his left foot. His height caused a stir among hospital staff who urged him to get measured properly in order to establish a new Guinness World Record! Zhao Liang’s length was measured at 2.46m (8.07 ft. tall), making him 10cm (3.9 inches) taller than Bao Xishun, the current tallest man, who is 2.36m (7.9ft).

Rather remarkable, contrary to many other rather exceptionally long people in the world, Zhao Liang’s remarkable body seize is not caused by a medical problem. Zhao Liang’s parents are of a more usual height:

– his father measuring 1.8m (5.9 ft.) – which is quite long, for the average length for chinese men is 1.73m;
– and his mother measures 1.68m (5.5 ft.).

Though the seize of his hands may not be as large as the hands of Leonid Stadnyk from Ukraine (who appears to have the largest ‘normal’ male hands in the world) and Duangjai Samaksamarn from Thailand (who appears to have the largest ‘abnormal’ females hands in the world), the hand of Zhao Liang look very impressive compared to the hand of one of the doctors of the Tianjin hospital – see the photo above.

Nevertheless, Zhao Liang’s mother is quite a bit concerned about the health of her son:

“He [Zhao Liang] has a big appetite and can easily eat eight hamburger-sized steamed buns and three dishes for dinner. But I am so worried about his marriage, job and his health that my hair has turned white.”


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The hands of the 3 tallest men in the world!


Today Bao Xishun, Zao Liang & Leonid Stadnyk are known as the tallest men in the world.

Who has the largest hand?

While Robert Wadlow from the US is known as the tallest man in history, today the official title ‘world’s tallest man’ has become a true battle-field! Let’s take a look at the hands of the biggest 3 contenders:

The left hand of Bao Xishun from China.
The left hand of Bao Xishun.

Today, Bao Xishun – a former herdsman from China – has the official Guinness World Records title ‘tallest living man‘. Bao Xishun’s body height was measured at 2.36 meters (7 feet 9 inches).

The left hand of Leonid Stadnyk.
The left hand of Leonid Stadnyk.

However… in 2007 Leonid Stadnyk – a former veterinarian from Ukraine. Leonid Stadnyk’s body height was unofficially measured at 2.59 meters (8 feet 5 inches). But in 2008 Mr. Stadnyk refused to be measured under the new Guinness World Records guidelines, and so the the official Guinness World Records title ‘tallest man’ was re-gained by Bao Xishun.

The right hand of Zhao Liang from China.
The right hand of Zhao Liang.

But since april 2009 a new younger contender is known, named Zhao Liang – a former basketball player from China. Zhao Liang’s body height was measured by doctors at the Tianjin hospital at 2.46 meters (8 feet 7 inches).

Leonid Stadnyk's hands are far too large to use a mobile phone.

Leonid Stadnyk has the world’s largest hand, unofficially the tallest man on earth

The photo above presents a snapshot of Leonid Stadnyk while playing with his new cell phone – you may think: ‘… tiny cell phone, or large hands?’. Definitely large hands! For, Leonid Stadnyk from the Ukraine has the world’s largest living hand: measuring 31 centimeters (12.2 inch).

In 2007 Leonid Stadnik was unofficially measured as the tallest man on earth: 2.59m. However in 2008 mister Stadnyk refused to be measured under new guidelines of Guinness World Records, and as a consequence the title of ‘the world’s tallest man’ is now in the hands of China’s Bao Xishun.


This month (april 2009) another pair of ‘strange hands’ was reported about a chinese young man of 22 years old, named Zhao Liang was measured at 2.46m (8.07ft) – in the Tianjin hospital. The exact size of Zhao Liang’s hand is unknown so far, but in the picture below you can see that it is REEEAAALLLYYY very large as well.

Chinese doctor compares her hand size with the right hand of Zhao Liang.


Even more impressive is the life story of Robert Wadlow (1918-1940), who is likely the tallest man that ever lived on planet earth: his full body length was measured at: 2.72m (8ft, 11.1 inches), and his hand was measured at: 32.4 cm (12.75 inches) – quite an impressive ‘hand fact’!

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