[ Admiral Zheng He's Voyages ]
A portrait of Zheng He (1371--1435). His original family name was Ma and he was of the Hui tribe. He served as an imperial bodyguard in the place while young, and was later given the Surname of Zheng by Ming Dynasty Emperor Cheng Zu, who people named San Bao Taijian. A shipyard where Zheng He's treasure ships were built at the port of Taiping, Changle, Fujian. Zheng He's ship often lay at anchor in the port of Wuhangtou or Majiang. He presented a memorial to the Emperor as a result of which the port was renamed Taiping, meaning safety.
Sanfengsi Pagoda was built during Northern Song Dynasty (1111--1118). In 1413, Zheng and the resident monks had it rebuilt. Temple of Sanbao in Java. Zheng He visited Sanbaolun in Java, Indonesia several times encouraging the local people to build a temple to commemorate him. The temple gave the city its name.
"Triumphant Visions of the Ocean Shores" written by Ma Huan. Ma Huan had accompanied Zheng He on three missions and acted as the Arabic translator. This book was completed on 1435, recorded the local conditions and customs of the twenty some countries they had covered. A restored copy of the illustration of Zheng He's visits to the West on the flyleaf of the book "Heavenly Princess Classics" in 1420. This invaluable picture is the earliest pictorial record of Zheng He treasure-ships.
"History of Longjiang Shipyard" written by Li Zhaoxiang during the Ming Dynasty, recorded that a branch of the Longjiang Shipyard, the Treasure Shipyard, built 4-masted sea-going ships. The remains of a tablet excavated at Jinhai Temple in Nanjing in 1936, the only unearthed culture relic recorded the scale of Zheng He's treasure ship that has ever been discovered.