Relationship during second century BC
The relationship between the Chinese and Cholas dates back to second century BC. Ancient Chinese scholar Ban Gu had told that China had sent its ambassador to the court of the Cholas.
Ban Gu in his work the Book of Han (Ch’ien Han Shu) had written that he had seen many unprecedented objects which are unseen at China, at the city of kuvangtche. Berend, an acoustics expert, annotates that the city named by Ban Gu is analogous with the ancient Chola city kanchi (the present day’s city of Kancheepuram at Tamil Nadu, India). This proves the relationship of Kanchi with China.
|Place||Number of coins||Other details|
|Olayakkunnam||323||These coins belong to 142-126 BC. This village is situated in Pattukkottai taluk in Pudukkottai district of Tamil nadu, India|
|Thaalikkottai||1822||This village is situated in Mannargudi taluk in Tiruvarur district of Tamil nadu, India|
Relationship during eleventh century AD
The later Cholas too continued to maintain a healthy relationship with the Chinese. During the reign of Rajendra Chola I (i.e. 1016–1033 AD) and Kulothunga Chola I (i.e. in 1077 AD), commercial and political diplomats were sent to China.