Maritime Day in China Date in the current year: July 11, 2016

Maritime Day in China Maritime Day in China, also referred to as China National Maritime Day and China Maritime Day, is celebrated on July 11. The holiday commemorates the first voyage of Zheng He, outstanding mariner, explorer and fleet admiral during the Ming Dynasty.

Zheng He commanded seven maritime voyages of Chinese treasure fleet that took place between 1405 and 1433. The first three voyages reached up to India, the following voyages went as far as the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa. Zheng He's voyages made Ming Chine the pre-eminent naval power.

China National Maritime Day was first celebrated in 2005 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of Zheng He's first voyage. It has been observed annually ever since. Maritime Day is marked with various events and activities held by the government. They focus on promoting the country's maritime programs and celebrating China's membership in the International Maritime Organization.

China's main maritime force is its state-controlled shipping fleet. The merchant fleet of China comprises some 210,000 ships. China is the world's fourth largest country in term of the DWT (dead-weight tonnage). Approximately 90% of its foreign trade is done by ocean shipping.

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