Gaspar talked about a great Chinese Armada.to India being lost, but we don't have any Chinese record of any of Zheng He fleets being lost, and if Gasparnwas in error here, he could have been in error in other places. He also blamed the loss of this armada on the Chinese being new to the art of navigation, suggesting that the Chinese had not been sailing to India before Zheng He time. I know that when the Chinese monk Faxian returned to China in the 5th century CE, it was on a non Chinese ship. And in another thread talking about the history of the Philippines,a source said it was the Philippines that first sailed to China during the 11th century, not the Song to the Philippines. If Niccolo Conti's 2000 butts ships were India, it might suggest that the large 5,000 liao ships didn't arise until the Ming dynasty.
what is the relationship with 5000 liao ships?
established china-to-india route was recorded in book of han already. it is from vietnam to sri lanka.