Did Ancient Chinese Explore America? My Journey Through the Rocky Mountains to Find Answers
Charlotte Harris Rees
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A Chinese classic, the Shan Hai Jing, reportedly from 2000 BC claimed travels to the ends of the earth. However, today many, while accepting the antiquity of this account, believe it was just mythology. But was it?
Testing the hypothesis that the Shan Hai Jing described actual surveys of North America, Charlotte Harris Rees, author of books about early Chinese exploration, followed an alleged 1100 mile Chinese trek along the eastern slope of the US Rocky Mountains. The Chinese account should have been easy to disprove. In the travelogue Did Ancient Chinese Explore America?
Rees candidly shares her initial doubts then her search and discoveries. She weaves together history, subtle humor, academic studies, and many photographs to tell a compelling story.
furniture made out of huge logs. However, without the password from the hotel staff, we could not check the internet to answer our questions. The next morning a hotel staff person was there when we paid our bill and checked out. Not only was the steak house with the hotel closed, but a second restaurant as well. The next day the library, which we were assured contained information about area mining, had still not opened up even 30 minutes after its posted starting time. There was one restaurant
The guide pointed out that some of the ceilings of first floors were low by today’s standards. He stated that the early people were quite short – several inches less than 5 feet tall. They are a matriarchal society with the house going to the youngest daughter of the family. Today only a few live there. Most have a home with modern conveniences in another location. A few people at a time stay in Acoma to sustain the history of continuous occupation. Acoma On their web site they refer to
stated that some were convinced that mammoths and men coexisted. See Secret Maps of the Ancient World for a discussion of examples of elephants in new world art.161 Dr. Ruskamp displays the ancient Chinese pictogram for elephant (xiang) among the Chinese writings he has identified in North America.162 E. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist for California State Parks wrote an interesting article identifying a few rubbing rocks of now extinct mega fauna such as mammoths. Those boulders are
rock, some painted. At one location is an arrangement of painted boulders which depict paired dancers. Some of the stone art in this region is so large that researchers made mosaics of photos taken from the sky (Hudspeth County) or use kite aerial photography (Reeves County) to capture each depiction.175 Boulder on the left, near top of knoll, appears to be hollowed out like a parapet The El Paso Archaeological Society, Inc. produces a journal titled The Artifact. Two entire issues in 1987
staple to Native Americans. If this expedition was involved in the transport of the peanut to China, that happened before 2000 BC. If the McKean Complex was actually Chinese, that has already been dated to 2000 BC. I believe that the petroglyphs holding the names of early Chinese kings validate journeys after the Shan Hai Jing journey. My research only involves America and China. However, the Shan Hai Jing claimed journeys around the world. If the Chinese really did make it to North America at