I came across an interesting article on Admiral Zheng He in National Geographic. We had learned about him in our history books but it was spelled Cheng Ho in those days and I was surprised to learn that he was a Muslim. This is probably the only article that I've read about him. Our history books mainly focused on his role in establishing a Chinese presence in Melaka in Malaysia. I have no way of judging the accuracy of the article but I don't doubt the veracity. It was a very long time ago when China was opening up.
It would be nice to be able to get National Geographic along with all the multimedia extras that are on the web site on a CD. I've looked but they don't seem to be offering it. As it is we are recycling our old copies. They take up a lot of room.