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Yong-le: Year 3, Month 9, Day 2

24 Sep 1405

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As the number of envoys from the various overseas fan coming to Court to offer tribute was increasing, the Emperor ordered that in each of the maritime trade supervisorates of Fu-jian, Zhe-jiang and Guang-dong, there be set up government postal relay stations to serve as hostels for them. The Fu-jian Postal Relay Station was called "Lai-yuan" ("Receiving Those from Afar"), the Zhe-jiang Postal Relay Station was called "An-yuan" ("Soothing Those from Afar") and the Guang-dong Postal Relay Station was called "Huai-yuan" ("Caring for Those from Afar"). At each post, one position of station officer was established.

Tai-zong: juan 46.1a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 10, page 709

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/yong-le/year-3-month-9-day-2, accessed October 19, 2019