Several ancient Chinese literary documents indicate that in pre-Columbian times contact was established with the indigenous people of the Americas. One such encounter is recorded in the Shan Hai King, which was written about 2250 BCE. This document tells about a long journey from China across “the Great Eastern Sea” to a distant land. Yet another ancient Chinese document from around 499 CE, Kuen 327, tells about the journey of a monk, Hui Shen, to a far off land, similar to the Yucatan, he called Fusang.
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