Online travel community 'Hotel Club' recently unveiled its latest Infographic, titled 'The Junk,' which details the little-known role that Chinese junk boats played in the shaping of our modern world.
Many westerners might be surprised to learn that the Chinese junk boats were the first to integrate sternpost rudders, a technology that wasn't implemented in Europe until centuries later, when it was already a well-established feature of the Chinese junk boats. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the Chinese junks were used to sail expeditions around the world, at the helm of Admirable Zheng He. Though the name might not be as familiar as, say, Christopher Columbus, He managed to travel from Hong Hong, though the Singapore Straight, along the coast of India and down the coast of Africa.
Those interested in further exploring the history of the Chinese junk boat can check out the infographic here.
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