In 1262, Marco’s father and uncle made an unforgettable journey to Kaifeng, China to meet Kublai Khan, who is the grandson of Genghis Khan. While they were in China, Kubali expressed a great interest in Christianity. He wanted Marco’s father and uncle to bring one hundred priests and holy water with them when they returned back to China. In 1269, the men returned back to Venice, and immediately made plans for their return, this time bringing Marco along.
In 1271, the three of them all set out for the magnificent journey to China. They were unable to round up the one hundred priests Kublai requested. They did bring two, but they turned back in the beginning of the trip. The trip was filled with obstacles and challenges. In modern-day Afghanistan, Marco had to evacuate to the mountains to recover from an illness he had contracted. In the Golbi desert, they had to trudge through mountains and valleys with little to no food sources.
After four years of dangerous travel, the trio finally arrived in China. They went to visit Kublai in his summer palace. Khan gave Marco’s father and uncle high positions on his court. He was very pleased with Marco, as well; therefore, he gave him a special job. Marco spent most of his time traveling to places unheard of back then. He was then the governor of a Chinese city, an official of the Privy Council, and a tax inspector. He inquired great knowledge on his trip. He was astonished by their economy and form of currenc...
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...ather and uncle would have never travelled to China in the first place allowing Marco a chance to go. Kublai saw Marco’s eagerness to work, and saw his passion for discovering new things. Kublai made all of Marco’s dream come true, and helped him go to all the great places he went.
I believe Marco Polo was very successful. How many people can say they were on Kublai Khan’s court? How many people can say they made one of the first great voyages to China? There is only one, and that is Marco. He accomplished things that were unimaginable in his time period. Most people only dreamed of these things, and found it very difficult to believe they were true. I would of loved to travel and see the great things he saw, and had the opportunities he had.
Childress, Diana. Marco Polo's Journey to China. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008. Print.
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