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I don't believe that these are merely popular stories. If you at least partially trust the content in the Draft History of Qing: The following translations given are my own; caution: may be heavily paraphrased. 《清史稿》卷445 吳兆泰,字星階,籍麻城。與仁守友善,互相厲以道義。光緒二年進士,閱十年,以編修考授御史。時國防廢弛,海軍尤不振,朝廷乃移其費修頤和園。兆泰上疏力爭,略謂:「畿輔奇災,嗷鴻遍野,僵僕載塗,此正朝廷減膳徹樂之時,非土木興作之日。乞罷園工,...


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On the contrary. Portugal started building Macau International Airport (very expensive) after the handover of Macau decision was already settled between Portugal and China (1987). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macau_International_Airport https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Declaration_on_the_Question_of_Macau Even more, Portugal offered to withdraw ...


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Many of the following are anachonistic; I wanted to test to see if there was information on Asian cosmetics in history. I think the answer is yes; I selected the following from pages of results. 3000 BCE: The Chinese stain their fingernails with gum arabic, gelatin, beeswax, and egg. The colors are used as a representation of social class: Chou dynasty ...


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Heinrich Georg Stahmer Nazi Diplomat to China. (src ullsteinbild: 00253012, 00294136, 00294144)


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Ironically enough, this is likely a case of Chinese whispers. There is a relatively established crackpot "theory" that the Chinese discovered America in the 5th century or so, and called the new land "Fusang." This claim has been around for a while, and also features in the Wikipedia article linked in the question: A group of Chinese Buddhist ...


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There is a book called They All Discovered America, by Charles Michael Boland, 1961, which listed and discussed all the claims of pre Columbian discoveries of America that the author could find. Each chapter should have a discussion of the evidence for the claim in that chapter. So that book could be a fairly good guide (allowing for Boland's biases) to the ...


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There are two potential points of evidence that I am aware of. 1) A Mr. Moriarity and Mr. Pearson first published a paper detailing the findings of circular stone anchors similar to a type of anchor found in china that were found off the coast of California, 2) a map was published by Gavin Menzies that seemed to be a Chinese map from the 1400's showing ...


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According to this Wikipedia list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_empires1 The Xia dynasty was at its largest about 1800 BC with an estimated area of about 450,000 square kilometers or 170,000 square miles. The Shang dynasty was at its largest about 1122 BC with an estimated area of about 1,250,000 square kilometers or 480,000 square miles. ...


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