Nanhai One shipwreck: A time capsule of civilizations
By Ge Yunfei, Liang Qipeng - CGTN
Trade connects different civilizations and societies around the world. In ancient times, merchants on camels, horses, and ships brought continents, oceans, and countries closer.
Eight hundred years ago, during China's Song (960-1127) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, the country's foreign trade was more prosperous than ever before. Ships carrying porcelain, silk, and tea started their voyages along the southern coast, eventually reached Southeast Asia.
Others sailed across the Strait of Malacca, and arrived in India and as far away as the Arab world. Along the Maritime Silk Road, the sea near Yangjiang city, only a four-hour drive from Hong Kong, had one of the busiest trading routes in the world.
Along the southern coast of the city, thousands of merchant ships used to shuttle between the middle kingdom and other parts of Asia every year.
Though the old glory has faded, there is one shipwreck that remains at China's Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum.
About 800 years ago, the ancient vessel "Nanhai One" sank off the coast of Yangjiang. It was thought to be carrying 60 to 80,000 precious pieces of cargo, especially ceramics.