Born in Suzhou. In 1719 he voyaged from Fuzhou to the Ryukyu Kingdom and wrote a series of poems about his experience titled 海舶集 Haiboji, the Ocean Junk Collection. It was divided into three sections, 舶前集, 舶中集 and 舶後集. it is only recently that his work has been rediscovered in libraries in Shanghai and Suzhou, due to the research of the Chinese scholar 鄔揚華 Wu Yanghua, who is fluent in Japanese and works at Kyoto Daigaku in Kyoto. She has written a book on Xu Baoguang's 海舶集 Haiboji published in China in 2003 by 中國文聯出版社.|
Photo of Shurijo, Shuri Castle on Okinawa.