Empress Dowager Tz'u-Hsi, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908. She emancipated herself from a mere concubine into a ruler that controlled China at that period. Despite of her ruthlessness, her ability to overcome obstacles, manipulate other people, and deal with foreign influences in order to rise to the top leave much to be desired.
Zheng He's journeys took him to 37 countries over 28 years as part of the mightiest fleet that ever sailed, with 300 ships and 28,000 sailors. It wasn't until the First World War that a bigger flotilla took to the seas. The pride of the fleet was the flagship, Zheng He's treasure ship, a hardwood vessel with 1,000 men on board. He died in 1433, aged 62. His tomb, bearing the inscription "Allah is Great" stands at the southern outskirts of Niushou in Nanjing.