Chinese explorer Zheng He's ship compared to Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria. Both lived and sailed at the same time

Ship Envy: A model of explorer Zheng He's ship totally dwarfing a model of Columbus' ship.

Zheng He, a mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, and the Horn of Africa collectively referred to as the Voyages of Zheng He or Voyages of Cheng Ho from 1405 to 1433.

Zheng He, Chinese Muslim explorer whose voyages were ordered eliminated by Imperials.

Between 1405 and 1433, Ming China sent out enormous armadas of ships into the Indian Ocean, commanded by the eunuch admiral Zheng He. The flagship and other largest treasure junks dwarfed European ships of that century; Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, was between 1/4 and 1/5 the size of Zheng He's. Incredibly, the largest ships in the fleet (called baoshan, or "treasure ships") were roughly 1/3 to 1/2 the displacement of modern American aircraft carriers.

20050718 G&M 1 Admiral ZHENG He's Treasure ship vs Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria et al

When people think of great explorers, they think of the usual names: Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Evliya Çelebi,Christopher Columbus, etc. But not many know of one of the most interesting and influential...

China’s Greatest Muslim Explorer– Zheng He. Zheng He was born in 1371 in the southern China region of Yunnan to a Hui (a Muslim Chinese ethnic group) family. He is considered a god and is worshiped in Southern China alongside Mazu.

Voyage of Zheng He - Treasure Ship Interior, Hans Ekaputra on ArtStation at

Voyage of Zheng He - Treasure Ship Interior, Hans Ekaputra

“We have traversed more than one hundred thousand li * of immense waterspaces and have beheld in the ocean huge waves like mountains rising skyhigh, and we have set eyes on barbarian regions far away . . . while our sails loftily unfurled like clouds day and night continued their course (rapid like that) of a star, traversing those savage waves as if we were treading a public thoroughfare.”—Fifteenth-century inscription at Changle, Fujian, China, attributed to Zheng He. Click for more

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Zheng He Treasure Ship

Wooden Scale Zheng He Treasure Ship Model. From the range of museum quality model ships by The Model Shipyard, exclusive builders of STEPHENS & KENAU™ model ships