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(In this 5th section of the Huangling Bei 皇陵碑, Zhu Yuanzhang mulls over whether he should become a Red Turban. Click here to see the previous section. 256 more words
Zhu Yuanzhang

Zheng He's First Voyage

I venture to guess that most people in the United States don’t know who Zheng He was.  Due to our country’s dominant Eurocentric culture, we are usually only taught about the exploration of the world as it happened by explorers and sailors from Europe.  804 more words


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(In this 4th section of the Huangling Bei 皇陵碑, Zhu Yuanzhang, having lost his family to the plague and been turned out from his Buddhist temple, has become a wandering monk.  301 more words
Zhu Yuanzhang

‘The greatest palace that ever was’: Chinese archaeologists find evidence of the fabled imperial home of Kublai Khan’s Yuan dynasty | South China Morning Post

For centuries the imperial palace of Kublai Khan’s Yuan dynasty was shrouded in mystery.

After the dynasty collapsed, there were no clues as to where it was and it lived on only in legend through writings such as those of 13th century Venetian merchant… 740 more words

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Shamian Island | A taste of colonial architecture in Guangzhou

Shamian Island (沙面岛) always stands high on the bucket-list of Guangzhou-bound travellers. Located in the southwest of the city’s Liwan urban district, Shamian originally means ‘sand flats’. 682 more words


AN04d_Ch.19: China Limits European Contacts: The Ming Dynasty

AN04d_Ch.19: China Limits European Contacts: The Ming Dynasty

Timeline: 14th-17th C.
FQ: How were Cheng He’s voyages, and treatment, reflective of Ming Policy?

Main Idea: While Europe was recovering from the calamity of the plague, breaking the bonds of feudalism, and nurturing a mercantile spirit, China was attempting to revive an economy devastated by decades-long war. 873 more words

The Eunuch Admiral: was Zheng He the greatest sea explorer in history?

by Karen Williams Follow @redrustin

Diplomat, soldier, admiral and eunuch. Possibly, also, the model for Sinbad the Sailor[1]. Chinese admiral Zheng He mapped the Indian Ocean from Japan to Kenya and conducted seven epic voyages across the “Western Seas” to cement centuries of Chinese dominance in trade and seafaring across the Indian Ocean. 2,372 more words