Monday, March 01, 2010

Chinese civil servant to throw ancient coins into ocean

A strange report in People's Daily Online notes that Zhang Feng, civil servant of Qingdao city, will scatter about 70 coins of the Ming Dynasty (1405 to 1433 AD), each glued to one yuan coins released of 2009, into the Pacific and Atlantic oceans during the upcoming “Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.”
"The reason that we will scatter the ancient coins into sea, which Zheng He had brought to many countries, is that we want to tell the world that China is back to adventure at seas." Zhang Feng said.
It is surprising that China is announcing a new seagoing effort by coin tossing rather than through radio, television and Twitter.

1 comment:

lwht said...

The explanation still begs the question why? And why glue coins coins together? Inscrutable, I conclude.