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Should The Ming End The Treasure Ship Voyages? - Classroom Activity

In the first century of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) the government sent out voyages to trade with the ports of the Indian Ocean and as far away as Africa. This established the political, economic and cultural importance of the Ming dynasty. Then they abruptly canceled the trade voyages and scuttled the fleet. Students role play the various issues in establishing the voyages and in discontinuing them, role-playing members of the court as they advise the Emperor. Sections: Materials, Time, Introduction, Procedure, Background Information, Information for Advisors, Timeline, and Sources,Very Good

Virtual China

Good color photos of sites in China including historical buildings (i.e. temples, pagodas, etc). Sections: Beijing, Shanghai, West, Northeast, Southwest, and South. Very Good

Yu Yuan Garden - The Garden Of Peace And Comfort

A virtual tour of a large garden in old Shanghai. Includes three panoramas and natural sounds. Very Good

Asia For Educators

Resources for teachers on China. Includes suggestions for activities and background information for teachers. Good


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