Tag Archives: Zheng He

Ming Chengzu

Ming Chengzu, born in 1360 and named Zhu Di, is the 4th son of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In 1398, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang died and his grandson Zhu Rongwen succeeded the throne. Zhu Rongwen, or Jian Wendi, accepted the suggestions of ministers to remove the rank of nobility from [...]

Posted in History of China | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Qilin, Mythical Chinese Animal

Qilin, also named ‘Lin’, is an animal recorded in Chinese traditional books, together with phoenix, tortoise, and dragon, are called ‘the Four Mythical Animals’, being the mounts of gods and symbolizing auspicious signs. The Qilin has, according to some sources, "the body of a deer, the tail of an ox, the hooves of a horse, [...]

Posted in Chinese Art, Chinese tradition, History of China, Learn Chinese | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zheng He

Zheng He, originally named Ma He, was born into a Muslim family just beyond the borders of China (later Yunnan Province in the southwestern part of China) in 1371. His ancestors were the Arabian immigrated into China during the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279). When he was still young the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) conquered his [...]

Posted in History of China | Tagged , , | Leave a comment