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Stories about Zheng He
 Zheng He (living from the fourth year of Hongwu Period 1371 to the eighth year of Xuande Period 1433 in the Ming Dynasty) was a Muslim Chinese. He was a navigator, diplomat and martial artist in the Ming Dynasty of China.
 Zheng He was originally surnamed Ma and nicknamed San Bao. He was born in Hedai Village, Baoshan Township of Kunyang Prefecture (today's Kunyang Town in Jinning County) in Yunnan Province.
 Zheng He was the sixth-generation grandson of Sayyid Ajjal Shams al-Din Omar, who was Semu nobility from Central Asia in early Yuan Dynasty and the descendant of King Mohammed in Bukhara. Sayyid Ajjal Shams al-Din Omar used to be Pingzhang (manager of governmental affairs) in Yunnan province. The emperor bestowed King of Xianyang on him after his death. Zheng He's great-grandfather Bayan was Pingzhang in Cabinet of Ministers in the eleventh year of Dade Period (1307). His great-grandmother was surnamed Ma. His grandfather was Midehanazhi and his grandmother was surnamed Wen. His father Mahazhi was confered Dian Yang Prince and his mother was surnamed Wen. Zheng He's clansmen called themselves aristocratic family of Xianyang. Milijin gave bitth to Ma Sanbao (Zheng He), who was the hereditary Dian Yang Prince. Zheng He's original family name derived from the Arabic word Mahmud.
 Zheng He was born in the fourth year of Hongwu period (1371) in the Ming Dynasty. In the winter of the thirteenth year of Hongwu period (1381), the Ming forces attacked Yunnan. Ma Sanbao was 10 years old at that time. He was captured and sent into military camp of the Ming Dynasty. Then, he became a eunuch and entered Prince Yan's Residence, namely, Zhu Di's mansion. When Zhu Di pacified the Ming Dynasty, Ma Sanbao made battle achievements for Prince Yan in Zhengzhou, Hebei (north of Renqiu in Hebei Province, not in Zhengzhou of Henan Province). In the second year of Yongle period (1404), the emperor named Zhu Di in the Ming Dynasty though that people with the surname of Ma should not enter the Great Buddha's Hall, so he granted the surnmae of Zheng to Ma Sanbao. Hence, Ma Sanbao was renamed Zheng He and was appointed as the fourth grade offical who worked in the interior court as a eunuch. His rank was second only to the master of royal ceremony affairs. In the sixth year of Xuande period (1431).
 Zheng He was entitled Sanbao Eunuch. In April of the eighth year of Xuande period (1433), Zheng He died in Kozhikode, which was on the west coast of India. The emperor allowed him to be buried in Niushou Mountain of Nanjing.

Chronology of Zheng He
 In 1371, Mao Sanbao was born in Hedai Village, Baoshan Township of Kunyang Prefecture (today's Jinning County) in Yunnan Province.
 In 1382, the Ming army attacked Yunnan. Mao Sanbao's father died. Mao Sanbao was captured and taken into the Ming army's military camp. He was persecuted by castration.
 In 1390, Ma Sanbao was prefered by Prince Yan named Zhu Di and elected to service in Prince Yan's mansion.
 In 1404, Ma Sanbao was granted the surname of Zheng by Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty due to his prominent military achievements. Since then, he was renamed Zheng He and promoted as a eunuch in the interior court.
 On July 11, 1405, Zheng He acted under the order of Yongle Emperor. He started from Longjiang Harbor of Nanjing to his destinations via Taicang. He and Wang Jinghong led 27,800 people to sail toward the western seas for the first time. They passed by Champa, Java, Sumatra, Ceylon Hill, Calicut and Vieux Port as well as other countries and regions. They returned on October 2, 1407.
 On October13, 1407, Zheng He as well as Wang Jinghong and Hou Xian led the fleet to sail toward the western seas for the second time. They arrived in Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, India, etc. Compared with the first voyage, they passed by much more places, including Champa, Java, Malacca, Siam, Brunei, Sumatra, Ceylon Hill, Little Glen, Cochin, Calicut, Jiayile and other countries. They returned in late summer of the seventh year in Yongle period.
 In September 1409, Zheng He led more than 27,000 soldiers and officers including Wang Jinghong and Fei Xin to start his third voyage. They got to Calicut, Malacca, Sumatra, Aru, Jiayile, Java, Siam , Champa, Cochin, Abobadan, Little Coren, Lambri, Gambari, and so on. They went back to the capital on June 16 of the nineth year in Yongle period.
 In 1413, Zheng He and Ma Huan went on the fourth voyage. 27,670 people joined in this voyage.  They reached Champa, Java, Srivijaya, Pulau Besar, Sumatra, Ceylon, Kochi, Calicut, Tameike, Hormuz, Ferghana, Mixi and other places. They returned to the capital in July of the thirteenth year in Yongle period.
 In 1417, Zheng He's fleet started the fifth voyages. This time, Feixin and Ma Huan didn't go together with Zheng He. Instead, there was a monk named Sheng Hui by his side. First, Zheng He had to escort the Asian and African envoys to return to their countries from the near to the distant. They arrived successively to Champa, Java, Vieux Port, Malacca, Pahang, Sumatra and Lambri. They also got to Ceylon, Kochi and Calicut on the west and Hormoz on the northwest. Next, they went south into the Arabian Sea and reached Lasar and Aden. After that, they passed Strait of Bab el-Mandeb and arrived in Mogadishu, Brava, Mali and other East African countries. Then they sailed eastward and crossed the Indian Ocean via Tameike, Ceylon, Sumatra, Malacca and so on. They returned on August 17, 1419.
 In 1421, Zheng He as well as Wang Jinghong and Ma Huan started the sixth voyage. They returned in August of the twenty-eighth year in Yongle period. The major countries and regions they passed by were Champa, Malacca, Sumatra, Siam, Ceylon, Tameike, Little Glen, Jiayile, Cochin, Calicut, Hormuz, Oman, Lasar, Aden, Mogadishu, Zhoobu and Arab. The retinues include Konghebuhua, Tang guanbao, Yang Qing, Hong Bao, Li Kai, Yang Min, Zhou Man and so on.
 In 1431, Zheng He as well as Wang Jinghong, Ma Huan, Fei Xin, Gong Zhen and others went for the seventh voyage. There were 27,550 people in all on the fleet. They returned in July of the eighth year in Xuande period. They mainly visited Vieux Port Pacification Superintendency and 24 countries, including Hormuz, Ceylon Hill, Calicut, Malacca, Cochin, Brava, Mogadishu, Lambri, Sumatra, Lssar, Tameike, Aru, Gambari, Aden, Oman, Zhoobu and Jiayile.

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