SYDNEY, Australia (CBS) -- The world’s shortest man has arrived in Australia and said on Monday that he is looking forward to spending time on a beach for the first time in his life.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, from Nepal is 54.60 centimeters tall (21.5 inches).
He travelled to Australia with his cousin, Dolak Dangi, who carries him around in a backpack.
Speaking to reporters outside Sydney Opera House, Dangi said he is planning to visit the city’s famous Bondi Beach.
While in Sydney, he will also join a class of children at a local primary school where pupils have been learning about Nepal in a school project.
On 26 February 2012, Guinness World Records presented Dangi with two certificates: One for being the world’s shortest living man and another for the world’s shortest person ever as recorded in Guinness’ 57-year history.
Dangi told reporters in Sydney he was excited by the opportunities the awards had offered: “I am happy my name has been written in the book and also because of that I have got to travel. I was in Italy two or three weeks ago, now I am in Sydney, and I might go to Cuba next. I get to travel and that is very interesting for me,” he said.
Dangi, who comes from a poor and uneducated family in the remote district of Dang, 350 kilometers (217 miles) from Kathmandu, was unaware of the world record title before a timber merchant visited his remote village and decided to measure him.
His family has no idea when he stopped growing as many Nepali villages still lack basic health care.
Dangi mostly stays at home, needing assistance to move around.
His diminutive size has since made him a celebrity in the impoverished nation of 26.6 million people.