354pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2017
Originally published in China.
Li Xinfeng attempts to retrace the African travels of the Chinese navigator Zheng He who, between 1405 and 1433, undertook seven westward expeditions, four of which reached the coast of East Africa. On one voyage one of the ships was wrecked off the Kenyan coast. The sailors settled on Pate Island, where they married local women. The local people named the place where the sailors first lived the China Village and called their descendants Chinese.
Chinese journalist Li Xinfeng lived in South Africa from 1998 to 2005 when he worked as chief correspondent of the People's Daily and as the accredited journalist of the Global Times. Currently he is a research fellow at the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.