1. the pioneer in the region
Geng Lu Bu, which has been handed down from Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD) to the Qing dynasty (1636-1912 AD), is a map taking shape in the process of Chinese fishermen developing and managing the South China Sea. There are dozens of versions of Geng Lu Bu among the folk. Geng Lu Bu should be considered as important evidence proving the Chinese people's development and management of the South China Sea as it detailed the routes, name of islands and reefs and fishing resources when Chinese fishermen conducted their fishing activities around the four archipelagos of South China Sea and nearby waters. In fact, many names of the South China Sea islands, including names given by the western people, were translated from Geng Lu Bu.