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    Neither have I. There does seem to be a historic basis for this idea - Fusang. But where exactly this place is is not clear.

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    by brainwave on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 09:59:20 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah (8+ / 0-)

      Your link talks alot about the claim that Fusang was 20,000 li away.  And through conversion that it would be some 8,000 km, or the west coast of America.

      Having worked with many early Chinese texts, big numbers should not be taken literally.  More often, they mean something more like "we traveled a very long way." Or we found a city with lots of people.  The specific number is not what's important, rather the sense that the number is very large.

      It was a way of writing that everyone understood then, but leads to confusion when read from a modern perspective.  They weren't exaggerating, cause everyone knew what the numbers meant back then.  Today we take them literally, when they were never intended that way.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 11:02:17 AM PDT

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