Zheng He ,born in 1337 in Yunnan
province ,made several voyages during his
lifetime and contributed greatly to the science
of navigation in China between 1405-1433.
Columbus was Spanish
sailors.He made four
voyages . He was the first
man who discovered
James Cook was a
British captain. He made
maps of Australia and
Ferdinand Magellan was a
Portuguese sea captain. He
found the channel, known
as the Strait of Magellan,
which led to the Pacific .
Abel Tasman was a D
utch explorer, best k
nown for his voyages o
f 1642 and 1644.
Question: How many continents are there in the world ?
India-------the middle east-----Rome
coasts of India Ocean---Ceylon(Sri Lanka)
The Silk Road over sea
Q1:Who were the real explorers long before?
Q2: How many Chinese explorers are
mentioned in the text?
Three Chinese explorers. They are Gan Ying,
Du Huan , Zheng He .
Q3: In your opinion, what makes people
explore the new place?
Trade and curiosity.
Q4:What is the main idea of the whole passage?
It talks about Chinese explorations,
especially the contacts between China
Q :Find information in the text
about contacts between China and
other places and fill in the blanks .
Chinese Silk road spices, glass India, the
Middle East ,
In 97 AD
Gan Ying Over land
Ming Dynasty Zhenghe
In the 11th
the Africans By boat
the East Rome
statue of a lion
By fleet shells, elephant Africa
Put the sentences in good order.
1. In the eleventh century, the Africans made several voyages to the
court of the song dynasty.
2. Merchants from the Arabic countries began to travel to the
Swahili kingdom and the islands off the African coast to trade with
3. People of the Han Dynasty exchanged silk for spices and glass
with Indians and Romans by way of the Silk Road.
4. The Chinese traveller, Du Huan, wandered through Arabic
countries for about 10 years.
5. Christopher Columbus and other European explorers searched for
routes to Asia.
6. Zheng He made seven voyages and discovered the eastern coast
3– 2–4– 1– 6- 5
The Africans were reaching out to
→ The Africans left the African land
and came for a visit to China by sea.
The time was ripe.
→ In the Ming Dynasty both China
and the eastern coast countries became
very prosperous, and there came the
great needs for state-to-state contact.
The mouth of the Red Sea
→ The part of ocean where the Red Sea
meets the Indian Ocean.
For a short time, China had ruled
→ For a short period of time, China
held the power of sea for she had large
navy, experienced sailors and an
excellent admiral—Zheng He.
Write an essay about a form of sports ,
ask the students to contrast the two