Imperial voyages displayed China’s power and wealth.

Between AD 1405 and 1433, Ming Dynasty emperors sent huge fleets overseas to broadcast China’s might to an international audience. But a few decades later, government policies changed and the voyages ceased.

  1. 1Ming Dynasty treasure ship

  2. 2Modern statue of Zheng He

  3. 3Statue of Mazu

  4. 4Yongle tongbao coin

  5. 5Xuande-style censer