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Zheng He's first voyage, which departed July 11, 1405, from Suzhou, consisted of a fleet of 317 ships (other sources say 200 ships) holding almost 28,000 crewmen (each ship housing up to 500 men).
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Chinese archaeologists are due to begin searching for the remains of a Chinese ship believed to have sunk off the Kenyan coast 600 years ago.
The shipwreck could provide evidence of the first contact between China and east Africa.

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Maritime Day

In the People's Republic of China, 11 July is Maritime Day and is devoted to the memory of Zheng He's first voyage.
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A recently excavated tomb in Nanjing has been confirmed to be the grave of Zheng He, a eunuch from the early Ming Dynasty who led historic voyages to Southeast Asia and eastern Africa. The tomb was discovered accidentally on June 18th by workers at a construction site near Zutang Mountain that also holds the tombs of many other Ming Dynasty eunuchs, the Yangtse Evening News reported.
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Kenyan divers join search for Chinese wreck

Kenyan and Chinese divers will embark on an undersea mission to find the wreckage of a Chinese vessel that sank off the East African country's coast 600 years ago, an official said on Thursday.
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One of the more famous paintings of the medieval Ming dynasty, which ruled China for about three centuries, is that of a court attendant holding a rope around a giraffe. An inscription on the side says the animal dwelled near "the corners of the western sea, in the stagnant waters of a great morass." According to legend, the giraffe was found in Africa, along with zebras and ostriches, and brought back with the grand 15th century expeditions of Zheng He, China's greatest mariner.
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The Early Years Zheng He (also known as Cheng Ho) was born in what is now Jinning County, Kunming City of Yunnan Province in 1371, the fourth year of the Hongwu reign period (1368-1398) of the Ming Dynasty. He was originally surnamed Ma, and later was known as San Bao (Three Treasures).



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Chinese Treasure Fleet Adventures of Zheng He Documentary

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Zheng He (13711433), was a Hui Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who made the voyages collectively referred to as the travels of "Eunuch Sanbao to the Western Ocean" or "Zheng He to the Western Ocean", from 1405 to 1433.

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A group of Taiwanese adventurers plan to spend two years retracing the voyage of Chinese mariner Zheng He (1371-1435), who sailed to far-flung destinations nearly 100 years before Christopher Columbus, organisers said on Saturday.

'We will unveil our wooden boat at the Pisha Port on August 14 and set sail in October. The voyage will take about two years, covering about 20 countries and 40 ports' - Hsu Hai-peng, organiser.

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