From the article
Fusang or Fousang (simplified Chinese: 扶桑; pinyin: fúsāng) is a country described by the native Buddhist missionary Hui Shen (Chinese: 慧深;
pinyin: huìshēn) to the Chinese in 499 CE, as a place 20,000 Chinese li east of Da-han, and also east of China. It seems probable that the Han li
measuring 415.8 metres was used. If so, the 20,000 li distance would translate into about 8,316 kilometers.
I used Google Maps to get directions from Shanghai, China to Honolulu, Hawaii and this distance corresponds with the distance between China and
But Fusang was described a country northeast of Japan, and some maps even placed it in the Pacific Northwest of North America.
thinks it could refer to Mexico. If "Fusang" is in America, that would mean the Chinese found
the Americas long before Leif Ericsson, Zhang He (if he did find it) , and Columbus.
"Fusang is 20,000 li to the East of the country of Dàhàn (lit. 'Great Han'), and located to the east of China (lit. 'Middle Country')."
"On that land, there are many Fusang plants (perhaps red mulberry) that produce oval-shaped leaves similar to paulownia and edible purplish-red
fruits like pears. The place was rich in copper and traces of gold and silver but no iron. The native tribes in Fusang were civilized, living in
well-organized communities. They produced paper from the bark of the Fusang plants for writing and produced cloth from the fibers of the bark, which
they used for robes or wadding. Their houses or cabins were constructed with red mulberry wood. The fruits and young shoots of the plants were one of
their food sources. They raised deer for meat and milk, just as the Chinese raised cattle at home, and produced cheese with deer milk. They traveled
on horseback and transported their goods with carts or sledges pulled by horses, buffalo, or deer." (Liang Shu, in Lily Chow)
I don't think horses and deer are even native to Hawaii. Deer are native to America but not horses. Horses actually are said to have existed in North
America but became extinct there 10,000 years ago. But maybe they did not. But if horses were completely gone from the Americas, it must be somewhere
else, right? The legendary "Mu" or "Lemuria"? Hawaii is more consistent with the distance described (but the distance represented by "li" has gone
through many variations), but perhaps there was another landmass close in the Pacific. I'm not sure if the Yonaguni underwater ruins have something to
do with Fusang, I just thought of it and there is no way the Yonaguni ruins are natural. But even if they are it is still possible that this Fusang
existed somewhere else.
edit on 19-3-2011 by Mercurio because: (no reason given)