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Yao Silian: Liang Shu (Book of Liang) (635)


Taken from: Sino-Portuguese Trade from 1514 to 1644: A Synthesis of Portuguese and ...By Tianze Zhang


In the nine Yanxi year (166CE) during the reign of Emperor Huan, the king of Da Qin, Andun (Marcus Aurelius) sent envoys through Rinan (Commandery on the central Vietnamese coast), beyond the frontiers, to offer elephant tusks, rhinoceros horn, and turtle shell. This was the very first time there was (direct) communication (between the two countries).

Right as illustration only: a giraffe from a tomb paintings dating from about 200 B.C.E. at a site in the foothills of the Judean mountains